Patricia Cantu, founder, manager, and lead consultant of Great Opportunities, is an award-winning expert in the field of employment services and vocational support for individuals with disabilities. Since 2007, she has worked to build an organization that provides state-funded services to qualified workers with a wide variety skills and educational levels. With an unparalleled dedication to her field, she was recently recognized with the Community Rehabilitation Provider of the Year 2010 award from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services, State of Texas.
Ms. Cantu specializes in working with the deaf population, an area she has been involved with for seven years. Realizing her dream of expanding the services of Great Opportunities, she now regularly engages three vocational consultants. Together with her team, they collaborate with employers and consumers to meet the highly specific needs of all disabilities by tailoring placement, assistive technology, and other accommodations—ensuring continued and successful employment.
In 2009, she established The Alamo Committee on Career Development for People with Hearing Loss and will be leading the Opening Doors, Employing People that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing conference, which will expand employers’ understanding of the many benefits associated with hiring people with hearing loss, as well as potential compensation for accommodations. For the past two years she has provided presentations to several employers, and is also presented at the 2010 Best Practices & DiversityFirst Awards luncheon as a member of the Texas Diversity Counsel, San Antonio Advisory Board. She was selected as Chair of the 2011 Disability Conference, recruiting the University of North Texas to serve as Co-Chair. Ms. Cantu’s goal is to educate the business community on how to attract and maintain quality staff with disabilities.
Specialties:Founder to the Alamo Area Disability Alliance.
Leadership Pilot Project through the University of North Texas in conjunction with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.