Stand Among Friends was formed in 1997 to build awareness, educate the community and provide “much needed” resources for individuals with disabilities. In 2006, we formed a partnership with Florida Atlantic University and opened The Disability Center on the Boca Raton campus. After forging a relationship with FAU’s Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), we became aware of a significant number of college students with disabilities who had lacked resources as they approached graduation and were ready to begin their careers.
We designed and launched our Employment Program in 2008 and we continued to evolve our programs. Our vocational comprehensive and Situational Worksite Evaluations are performed to determine skills, interests and aptitude to effectively prepare and recommend a career match for individuals with disabilities to them achieve successful employment. Stand Among Friends’ widespread community outreach efforts assist with identifying potential employers, volunteer opportunities, community services options and potential employment options. Since 2008, SAF has placed over 460 individuals in employment and over 1,200 people have sought services; over 60% of clients have college degrees.