Apply for FRC Membership

The Florida Rehabilitation Council (FRC) is part of a network of state rehabilitation councils that were created by the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The mission of the Council is to increase employment, enhance independence, and improve the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities. The FRC does this by working with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in planning and developing statewide rehabilitation programs and services and promoting high standards and expectations for every area of service delivery. The council recommends best practices in policies and processes using data driven recommendations and by sharing each council member's unique perspective from the constituency they represent. All members are appointed by the Governor, with a mandate that individuals with disabilities comprise at least 51% of Council membership. The FRC conducts four, one and one-half day meetings per year in different areas of the state and one conference call between quarterly meetings. Prospective members must be able to participate in these meetings, calls and activities.

The FRC is currently encouraging applications for the following Council seats:

Business, Industry and Labor Representative

(Up to Four Council seats) The FRC is encouraging applications for a seat that represents Business, Industry and Labor. The representative will be able to contribute perspective and insight on the opportunities, challenges, and barriers experienced by people with disabilities and by employers and businesses in Florida.

Community Rehabilitation Program Service Provider

The FRC is encouraging applications for a seat (at least one) that is representative of community rehabilitation program service providers. This representative will be able to contribute perspective and insight on the opportunities, challenges, and barriers experienced by services providers and the individuals they serve.

Representatives of Disability Groups and Individuals (Multiple Seats)

The FRC is encouraging applications for seats for representatives of disability groups that include a cross section of—
(A) Individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; and
(B) Representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves or are unable due to their disabilities to represent themselves.
This representative will be able to contribute perspective and insight on the opportunities, challenges, and barriers experienced by individuals with disabilities.

Parent Training Information Center

The FRC is encouraging applications for a seat (at least one) representative of a parent training and information center established pursuant to section 682(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This representative will be able to contribute perspective and insight on the opportunities, challenges, and barriers experienced by Parent Information Training providers and the individuals they serve.

Representative of Statewide Workforce Investment Board

The FRC is encouraging applications for a (at least one) seat for representative of the State Workforce Investment Board (CareerSource). This representative will be able to contribute perspective and insight on the opportunities, challenges, and barriers experienced by CareerSource and the individuals they serve in the workforce.

Current or former applicants or recipients of DVR services

The FRC is encouraging applications for a (at least one) seat for representative of individuals who are current of former applicants or recipients of VR services.


Apply Here

After completing the application on the Governor's website, email the FRC Staff to let us know you have applied.


Frequently Asked Questions About the FRC

What does the FRC do?

The Florida Rehabilitation Council (FRC) works with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in planning and developing statewide rehabilitation programs and services and promotes high standards and expectations for every area of service delivery. The council does this by recommending best practices in policies and processes using data driven recommendations and by sharing each council member's unique perspective from the constituency they represent.

Who serves on the council?

The FRC can have up to 25 members. The Rehabilitation Act establishes who serves on the FRC. Our members include: Current or former applicants or recipients of DVR services

Who decides who serves on the council?

The Governor appoints each council member.

How long do members serve?

Members may serve up to two (3 year) terms. Second terms are not guaranteed.

How much time do council members spend on council activities each quarter?

Members meet in person for one and one-half days each quarter (usually in the months of January, April, August and October) in various areas around the state. In addition to quarterly meetings, each member participates in one conference call between quarterly meetings.

What are some examples of the skills and abilities that effective council members possess?

Each member is unique. Some of the things they have in common are the:

Are council members paid for their time?

No.

Does the council pay for the cost of council-related travel and participation for its members?

Yes, council members’ expenses incurred due to travel and lodging for FRC related activities are reimbursable and follow the laws, policies, and procedures established by the State of Florida.

How can I request more information?

To learn more about the FRC please contact Roy Cosgrove or Kim Thomas at (850) 245-3397 or at FRCcustomers@vr.fldoe.org.