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Mission

The Florida Rehabilitation Council is committed to increasing employment, enhancing independence, and improving the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities.

Vision

Partnering to create opportunities to employ all people with disabilities in competitive jobs of their choice.

What We 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 process using data driven recommendations and by sharing each council member's unique perspective from the constituency they represent.

Ann Siegel Honored with Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award

The annual Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award recognizes dedicated leaders and champions in the cause of helping persons with disabilities achieve independence and dignity through meaningful employment. The Council considered many outstanding nominees for this year's award and selected Ann Siegel for her outstanding leadership and personal commitment to serving individuals with disabilities. Ann is a longtime advocate and attorney with careers at Broward Legal Services, the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities and currently serves as a Legal Director of the Advocacy, Education and Outreach Team at Disability Rights Florida, managing a team of attorneys, advocates and investigators.

Ann's advocacy and legal expertise have received national recognition through her presentations to the National Council on Disabilities, Assistive Technology Industry Association and the National Disability Rights Network. Ann is a key leader in Florida who provides individual advocacy and necessary litigation so that youth and adults with disabilities obtain the services they need to prepare for and obtain meaningful careers. Ann's advocacy is the basis for this strong nomination for the Wise Award.

Ann is a consummate leader and does this through her passionate advocacy to improve services for children, youth and adults with disabilities. She has served on the State Advisory Council for the Florida Department of Education and has been a presenter and facilitator for team presentations at the Family Café since 2009. Her outreach efforts over the years have resulted in greater coordination and increased capacity by the private bar for pro bono assistance to parents of students with disabilities. Ann has also been a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) since 2004 lending her expertise to this vital Council.

Ann has successfully assisted thousands of Florida's students and young adults with disabilities in preparing for their future. She promotes high expectations for agency service delivery and has been a champion for securing assistive technology for students to increase their access to educational services in the least restrictive environment.

For her lifetime of dedication and accomplishments in serving individuals with disabilities the Florida Rehabilitation Council is proud to present the 2020 Stephen R. Wise Advocacy Award to Ann Siegel.

Upcoming FRC Conference Calls

The FRC quarterly meeting will be conducted by conference call on August 4, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at conference line number: 888-585-9008 and Code: (873574258). To access the business agenda please utilize this link:
Conference Call Agenda (PDF). As part of this conference call, a public forum will be conducted. To access the public forum agenda please utilize this link:
Public Forum Agenda (PDF). The Director's Report can be accessed utilizing this link: Director's Report (PowerPoint).

For further information, please contact us at: FRCCustomers@vr.fldoe.org.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in these conference calls are asked to advise the Florida Rehabilitation Council at least 7 days before the conference call by contacting us at: FRCCustomers@vr.fldoe.org.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice). You may also access online real time captioning at: www.streamtext.net/player?event=FRC