Shopability Saturday: What you need to know

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Connectable will host the inaugural Shopability Saturday on March 6.

The citywide celebration of inclusive employers will encourage the public to spend that day shopping/supporting businesses that choose to see the abilities of individuals with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs) and celebrate their positive contributions.

IDDs are a group of disabilities that begin at birth or in childhood that can affect a person’s intellectual, physical and emotional development. People with IDDs can have challenges with both intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviors, which are everyday life skills like self-care, communication and social interaction, according to Connectable.

Organizers say the event is the first of its kind in the country, specifically centered around businesses that hire individuals with IDDs (such as Autism and Down syndrome).

Event participants are encouraged to patron one of the more than 150 IDD-inclusive businesses across Jacksonville, the majority of which are featured on a searchable map on the Connectable website.

Participating employers include the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Firehouse Subs, VyStar Credit Union, MOSH, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and Prime Car Wash among many others.

See the map of participating businesses by clicking here.

To meet people who have IDDs in our community click here.