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Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)

Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)

Disability Advisory Commission Members

City of Fresno, Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) with Former Mayor Ashley Swearengin.

The City of Fresno, Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) was created to improve the quality of life for the disabled community in our area.  The Commission will increase the public’s awareness of the strengths and successes of people with disabilities by actively participating in community activities and events which incorporate diverse perspectives.  The DAC will work to ensure that all citizens with disabilities have equal access to resources and services that provide opportunities for education and employability.

Goals

To fulfill this vision, the DAC will:

  • Create and partner with committees and advisory councils
  • Establish a protocol and partnership for working with City of Fresno Departments
  • Serve as a liaison to and seek partnerships with community organizations
  • Actively communicate the success of the disabled community
  • Work with City Council and the Mayor’s Office to advise the City on relevant policy issues
  • Participate in community education and awareness events
DAC Commission Members

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:

Francis Reyes Acosta
Chair
Extensive background working in Public Relations, Business Relations, and broadcasting.

Mary Beth Randall
Vice Chair
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.

Dr. Jenelle Pitt
Assistant professor at California State University in their nationally-recognized Rehabilitation Counseling Program.

Carlos Duarte
Ex officio member, is an ADA transportation specialist with Fresno Area Express.

Heather Flores
Director of Case Management with Central Valley Regional Center with extensive background working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ken Elvington
Staff Service Manager for the California Department of Rehabilitation, an agency providing services to the individuals with disabilities.

Susan Coulter
Educational Services Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center

DAC Meetings

The DAC meetings are held on the second Tuesday of most months from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, 2nd Floor, Meeting Room A (2165). 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 the link above.

DAC Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. For information about past meetings or upcoming agendas, please see the link above. Meeting Location and dates subject to change.