City of Fresno, Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)
Mayor Ashley Swearengin Presenting the Disability Advisory Commission 2012 Annual Achievement Award
The DAC is a seven-member body made up of community leaders appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council; five of the seven members must be persons with disabilities. The current Commission represents many years of professional work and personal experience with a range of disabilities. It includes:
- Ms. Michelle Bronson, Chair, Executive Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center.
- Dr. Jenelle Pitt, Vice Chair, an assistant professor in California State University, Fresno's nationally-recognized Rehabilitation Counseling Program.
- Ms. Mary Beth Randall is a Board Member of the Guide Dog Users of California and member of the California Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind.
- Mr. Carlos Duarte, an ex officio member, is an ADA transportation specialist with Fresno Area Express.
- Ms. Heather Flores - Heather Flores has an extensive background working with individuals with developmental disabilities as a social worker, special education teacher and now as the Director of Case Management with Central Valley Regional Center.
- Dr. William Dailey, Gerontology faculty Department of Social Work/Gerontology, California State University, Fresno and Human Services faculty at Fresno City College, Department of Social Sciences. His working partner is Farley (guide dog).
- Ms. Francis Reyes Acosta has an extensive background working in Public Relations, Business Relations, and broadcasting and is emerging from retirement to work with local companies and organizations to explore and develop the sensitivities and opportunities regarding able people with hearing, visual, mobility and cognitive challenges.
The DAC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of most months from 10:00 am – 11:30 pm in City Council Chambers. Please note that there are no regularly scheduled meetings in July or November. All are welcome to attend. For information about past meetings or upcoming agendas, please see below.
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Fourth Annual DAC Achievement Award
Fresno, CA September 24, 2012
Each year, the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) recognizes an individual and an organization that have improved the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in Fresno. This year, the winner of the individual Achievement Award is JIM SANTOS, and the winner of the organization’s Achievement Award is ARC FRESNO.
Mr. Santos has served as Director of Athletics for Special Olympics International in Washington DC, and has directed two Olympic Games. Locally, he is involved with schools, the community and volunteers in many local sporting events especially those related to children with disabilities. He is very active promoting the Universally Accessible Park in Fresno and is working with Resources for Independence Central Valley to raise funds for its development and maintenance. Jim has also served on many boards and committees, including serving as chairman for disabled committee of the Fresno Mayors Council of Fitness, the Sequoia Area 8 Board, and others.
ARC FRESNO has developed one of the largest and most active Aktion clubs in the Country. ARC provides individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to be part of a Community Service Leadership Program and part of the larger Kiwanis Service Organization. Since 1953, ARC has provided high quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Fresno County. They serve over 550 individuals. Arc is the premier service provider, always responding to the ever changing needs through creative and innovative programming with a highly skilled staff and dedicated board of directors.
“We have amazing individuals and organizations that promote equality and well-being for people with disabilities, and it was difficult to select just one individual and organization. We are so impressed with each nominee’s accomplishments, and while all are deserving of the award, we are pleased to recognize Jim Santos and ARC Fresno,” said Michelle Bronson, chair of DAC and Executive Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center. Both recipients were selected at the DAC’s September 11, 2012 meeting and will be honored October 4, 2012 during the City Council meeting as part of the commemoration of October as Disability Awareness Month.
DAC Agendas & Minutes
Previous Agendas & Minutes
Notice of Americans with Disabilities Act; Video or YouTube Video
DAC Report of Responses to Publicity Task Force
ADA Resource List for the City of Fresno
City of Fresno, ADA Grievance Procedure
City of Fresno, Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act
DAC Vision, Mission and Goals
DAC Minutes Summary Regarding Proposed Residential Sidewalk Policy
DAC/FAX Inquiries/Complaints Handout (January to May 2012)
City of Fresno FAX Complaint Review & Data
Facilities Transition Plan PowerPoint Presentation
FAX Inquiry/Complaint Form
Fax Rates & Passes Data
Eyeing Respect Campaign
Penal-Municipal Codes Service Dogs
Topic Guides on ADA Transportation - Eligibility for ADA Paratransit
Topic Guides on ADA Transportation - Origin to Destination Service In ADA Paratransit
Transportation Task Force Recommendations
Universally Accessible Park (UAP) Fact Sheet
DAC Award Nominee Form
Pedestrian Right-of-Way Improvements: Romain Park
Pacific ADA Center
US Department of Justice, ADA Information Page
Service Animals, US Department of Justice Business Brief