Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award
Every year, the FRC presents the Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award to a person whose passion and professional accomplishments through public service make a significant difference in the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
The award recognizes dedicated leaders and champions in the cause of helping persons with disabilities achieve independence and dignity through meaningful employment.
To nominate a deserving individual, visit: Wise Award Nomination Form
Isabel Garcia and James "Chip" Byers Honored
with Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award for 2022
Since 2013, FRC created the Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award to be given annually to recognize a dedicated Florida leader and champion who promotes independence through work and community activities for individuals with disabilities.
Stephen R. Wise is a former Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives (1988–2000) and Florida Senate (2002–2012). Wise earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College, master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and doctorate in education from the University of Alabama. His professional experience includes working as a teacher in Polk and Brevard Counties and Vice President of College Development at the Florida Community College. Throughout his career, he focused on the employment of people with developmental disabilities. His legacy includes the creation of the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation (now known as The Able Trust).