“I choose not to place ‘DIS’, in my ability.” ― Robert M. Hensel

“I choose not to place ‘DIS’, in my ability.” ― Robert M. Hensel

by Admin407

Our Mission

Hands On Education is a state/federally funded training program for individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to help our students explore the world of work, and prepare them for permanent employment.

Our History

Hands On @Hyatt started on June 21, 1998 as a Culinary Arts Program at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Our Hyatt partners suggested that we expand our program. Hyatt Leadership and CSAVR’s National Employment Team were instrumental in the program expanding to over 35 Hyatt Properties across the country. Students are now training in all hotel departments – including, but not limited to: Culinary, Housekeeping, Laundry, Banquets, Restaurant Greeter, Recreation, Purchasing, Engineering, and Guest Services.

In 2014, the program was recognized by the White House as one of the top 10 Training and Employment Programs for Individuals with Disabilities.

In 2016 we expanded this model to include training in other industries. We call this sister program Vocational Explorations.