Stanley W. Carter

Stan currently serves on the Brooks Rehabilitation Board, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Board, Brooks Rehabilitation Quality Council Committee and Brooks Outside Operations Committee.

In 1967, Stan was involved in an automobile accident resulting in his becoming a quadriplegic. Because of his disability, Stan became founder and operator of the first for-profit-paratransit (transportation for mobility disadvantaged) operation in North Florida (STS). He was also founder and operator of the first complete van conversion operation (C & P Powerlift), specializing in modifying vans and cars for drivers and passengers with disabilities.

Stan was employed by Florida Community College of Jacksonville (FCCJ) as Project Coordinator for five special training programs for people with disabilities, one of them being computer programmer training for individuals with severe disabilities. This project involved individuals with cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, visually impaired and hearing impaired. In addition, Stan coordinated microcomputer training for people with severe disabilities. He was also assigned to the FCCJ’s Institutional Advancement Department, where he wrote the grant to establish an independent living center in Jacksonville.

Stan served as the Executive Director for Opportunity Development, Inc.–Center for Independent Living of Jacksonville.