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Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind consists of 20 members appointed by the Governor with the majority being blind or visually impaired.   

Mission Statement

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind reviews, analyzes & advises on the policy decisions and evaluates the effectiveness of the Florida Division of Blind Services to ensure meaningful access to and use of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs for Floridians who are blind or visually impaired.

Vision Statement

The Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind functions to create a positive impact on the fairness, efficiency, and accessibility of services through the evaluation of consumer feedback and the Florida Division of Blind Services performance.

Directory of Members

The following individuals are on the Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. E-mail addresses, where available, were provided by the Council members. Each name is followed by contact information, the category they represent, and the year their term ends. Last update: 08/26/2016.

Florida Rehabilitation Council for the Blind Directory of Members
Name Contact Information Representing Term
Vacant   Business/Industry 2015
Bruce A. Miles 590 Hammock Court
Marco Island, FL 34145
(H) (239) 394-1020
(F) (239) 394-1414
Parent of Blind 2018
Vacant   Business/Industry 2015
Michael A. Wiseman
(Second Vice Chair)
591 E. 15th Street
Hialeah, FL  33010
(C) (305) 331-4870
Advocacy Group
Patricia A. Lipovsky
(Council Chair)
1129 Bradenton Rd.
Daytona Beach, FL  32114
(H) 386-255-0288
(C) 386-212-6627
Florida Independent Living Council (FILC)  2016
Vacant   State Workforce Investment Board 2016
Robert Kelly

Conklin Center
405 White Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Business/Industry 2018
Reverend Charles Brooks III 659 Parakeet Court
Kissimmee, FL  32759
(H) (863) 496-4744
(C) (407) 738-9804
Advocacy Group (BVA)


Vacant   Advocacy Group
Vacant   Former Client 2016
Sandra Burke Work: 35 West Mariana Ave.
N. Fort Myers, FL 33903
(0) (239) 997-7797
(F) (239) 997-8462
Advocacy Group (LIONS) 2017

Paul Edwards
(First Vice Chair)

 20330 N.E. Miami Court, Miami, FL  33179
(C) (305) 984-0909
Business/Industry 2018
Vacant   VR Counselor
(Ex Officio)
Vacant   State Educational Unit (IDEA) 2016
Jesus Garcia 5955 West 16th Lane
Hialeah, FL 33012
(H) (305) 654-8329
Cell (305 582-7254
(O) (800) 698-8457 ext 435
Former Client 2018
Gloria Mills 504 South Armenia Ave. #1319-B
Tampa, FL 33609
(H) (813) 254-8249
(O) (813) 837-1100
(C) (813) 340-9754
(F) (813) 837-1105
Advocacy Group (NFB) 2017
Vacant   Community Rehabilitation Provider 2016
Lenora Marten 7175 Overland Park Blvd E.
Jacksonville, FL 32244
(c) (904) 229-9554
Parent Training Center 2018
Howard Bell 1000 North Ashley Drive, STE 640, Tampa, FL  33602
(C) ( 813) 494-0497
Client Assistance Program 2018
Robert L. Doyle, III Department of Education
325 W. Gaines St.
Suite 1114
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(O) 850/245-0300
(F) 850/245-0363
Director of Blind Services
(Ex Officio)
Selena Sickler DBS
Rm 1114, Turlington Bldg.
325 W. Gaines St.
Tallahassee, FL  32399
(O) 850-245-0329
(F) 850-245-0363
Council Staff NA