How We Help
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida's Mission is to provide programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2014 Goodwill SWFL served more than 40,000 people. That's roughly one in every 30 SW Florida residents.
What is a "barrier to employment?"
A barrier to employment is any disadvantage which prevents individuals from gaining or maintaining employment. These barriers can include (but are not limited to) a lack of education, age, physical or mental disabilities, lack of computer access, language barriers, and economic constraints.
October is National Disability Employment Awarness Month (NDEM)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is "My disability is one part of who I am."
NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."
In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.