In 2013, the Florida Rehabilitation Council 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. This award is based on Senator Stephen R. Wise’s passion and work to champion the cause of helping persons with disabilities achieve independence and dignity through meaningful employment.
Stephen R. Wise is a former 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).
Use this form to submit the profiles of deserving individuals until May 1, 2023. The FRC will select the winner on May 7, 2023.