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Madison County School District Awarded The 2018 Able Trust Ability Award High School High Tech Program of the Year

October 9, 2018

The 2018 Able Trust Ability Award High School High Tech Program of the Year Tallahassee, Fla. 


The Able Trust launched Disability Employment Awareness (DEAM) activities in Orlando and announced the recipients of its 2018 Ability Awards. The Madison County School District High School High Tech (HSHT) program has been named the 2018 The Able Trust Ability Awards High School High Tech Program of the Year Award recipient. Dr. Susanne Homant, President and CEO, The Able Trust; Michael Radel, HSHT Coordinator, Madison County; Coleen Agner, HSHT Coordinator, Madison County; and Karen B. Moore, Chairperson of the Board, The Able Trust The Ability Awards honor select individuals and organizations from throughout the state for their contributions to the mission of The Able Trust.


The Able Trust and its partners have helped put thousands of people with disabilities to work throughout Florida, and this annual celebration allows The Able Trust to thank some of the very important colleagues who work with The Able Trust in achieving its critical mission. Under the talented direction of program leaders Coleen Agner and Michael Radel, the Madison County School District High School High Tech (HSHT) team exemplifies dedication, commitment, and expertise in furthering the education, leadership, and career preparation of students with disabilities – the core intent of the HSHT program.


Madison HSHT ensures that students experience the depth and breadth of career and youth development through hands-on workshops, leadership development opportunities, and exposure to real-world employment settings. Madison HSHT has shown innovation through its school-based enterprise programs, student and family engagement efforts, focus on career certifications, and commitment of community partners. Over the past five years, the program has achieved a greater than 99% graduation rate of all seniors served. As a result of successful community and business partnerships, a majority of Madison HSHT students participate in a community-based career experience by graduation.


“The Able Trust is honored to support the Madison County’s High School High Tech (HSHT) program,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, president and CEO of The Able Trust. “Programs like HSHT are vital for high school students with disabilities. These programs help prepare them for jobs, and for many, a career, after high school. We are proud of the team at Madison County for all their hard work and the success of their HSHT program.”


Other 2018 Ability Awards winners are: Legislator of the Year: Senate President-designate Bill Galvano, District 21 Dr. George Spelios Leadership Award: Karenne Levy, President/CEO, MacDonald Training Center, Tampa Beverly Chapman Employment Placement Program of the Year: Best Buddies, Orlando Public Employee of the Year: Lucy Mohs, Public Affairs Director, The Florida Department of Education, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Tallahassee Young Adult Leader of the Year: R.J. Curtis, Student, Land O’Lakes Adult Leader of the Year: Justin Shea, Gulfport Employer of the Year: Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando Employer of the Year: Pitney Bowes, Jacksonville Employer of the Year: Tavistock Development Company, Orlando Media Representative of the Year: Tim Croft, Editor, The Star, Port St. Joe Volunteer of the Year: Richard E. Herring, Attorney, Tallahassee


The Able Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1990 by the Florida Legislature and is funded through a combination of public and private dollars. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. The Able Trust supports numerous diverse projects, including the High School High Tech program, youth leadership training, work experience training and technical assistance, transportation assistance, career development training, employment and career path direction, and assistance to businesses as they seek the employment of people with disabilities. Since its beginnings, The Able Trust has worked with community organizations in every county in Florida to put thousands of people with disabilities to work. To learn more about The Able Trust, please visit and follow @AbleTrust. # # #










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