My name is Wendy Vance, I am a disability consultant. I founded Dogwood Disability Consulting after working in the disability service industry in both public and private sectors for 16 years. I wanted to use not only my experience as a professional but also as a person with a disability to create an organization that promotes the idea that we are all equal. We all love, laugh and dream.
I am passionate about people with disabilities obtaining quality employment of their choice in an inclusive, community setting that provides a living wage. People with disabilities are vital members of the community who can and want to be productive, contributing members of society. I believe with the right training, support and accommodations successful, gainful, fulfilling, employment is possible.
Dogwood seeks to do all that we can to promote inclusion and to change the hearts and minds of all people, with and without disabilities when thinking about what people with disabilities can do!
*Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation
-Virtual or In - Person
*Situational Vocational Evaluation
*Disability etiquette, accessibility, and inclusion trainings for small to medium businesses, educators, churches, and other community organizations wishing to increase diversity and inclusion.
* Motivational speaking.
In a word experience! I have 16 years' experience working in the field of disability and a lifetime of experience as people with disabilities.
I have worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for 8 years with 3 of those being a counselor supervisor. I have worked 6 years in disability advocacy with 3 of those years as an education advocate. I have also worked in assistive technology sales and training.
While working in these roles I have helped hundreds of individuals to obtain quality employment of their choice, to access quality education and to connect to community resources and supports. I have also provided numerous trainings at statewide conferences such as Family Cafe, Visions, and FL Self - Advocates Network'd (Sand). I have presented at national conferences such as the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems and Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists. In addition to presenting at conferences, I have presented through the Florida Center for Inclusive communities as a part of their monthly employment webinars. Topics have included school to work transition, employment for people with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, self-advocacy and relationship violence toward people with disabilities.
To empower people with disabilities to make informed employment choices based on thorough individual, data-driven vocational information and to change how society and people with disabilities think about disability.
To increase gainful, integrated employment of choice for people of all ability levels.