RESPECT of Florida is the central non-profit agency for the State of Florida that helps employ over 1,300 Floridians with disabilities throughout the state by producing commodities and providing contractual services that are sold to government entities. Governmental entities purchase commodities and services they need, and at the same time, they provide employment opportunities for Floridians with disabilities.
Established in 1974 by the Florida Legislature (Sections 413.032–413.037, Florida Statutes), RESPECT of Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated by the Florida Department of Management Services to administer Florida’s State Use Program.
Florida’s State Use Program mandates a purchasing preference for RESPECT that is contingent on insuring that the goods and services provided by Floridians with disabilities are offered at competitive prices —and that RESPECT employment programs do in fact benefit this demographic. The purchasing preference exempts governmental entities from having to obtain informal quotes and administering the competitive solicitation process.