2010 DAC Achievement Award
Second Annual DAC Achievement Award

Each year, the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission recognizes an individual and an organization that have improved the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Fresno. The 2010 winner of the DAC’s individual Achievement Award was Ms. Rosemary Diaz. The winner of the DAC’s Achievement Award for an organization was Fresno City College Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S).

Ms. Diaz was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is the current President of the Board of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC). In addition, Ms. Diaz is a Certified Deaf Interpreter, an instructor at CSUF in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies, and the former Executive Director of DHHSC. Ms. Diaz has developed programs to address sexual assault and domestic violence within the Deaf Community, trained first responders to better serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and volunteered extensively, including serving as a member of the Fresno County ADA Advisory Committee. She received the DAC Achievement Award at the October 28, 2010 City Council meeting.

Fresno City College’s Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) office was recognized for their enduring contributions to the educational achievement of individuals with disabilities in Fresno. DSP&S was established in 1970 to provide supportive services for students with learning, physical and/or psychological disabilities.

It became a landmark program and Fresno City College earned the status of being the first community college in California to offer a comprehensive disabled students program. DSP&S currently serves over 2300 residents of the greater Fresno area. Dr. Janice Emerzian, the District Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services for the State Center Community College District, accepted the DAC Achievement Award at the November 4, 2010 City Council meeting.

“It is an honor to recognize the achievements of Ms. Diaz and the DSP&S program,” said Rachelle Taylor, DAC Chair, “we look forward to their continued service to our community.”