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.
Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)
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
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:
Mary Beth Randall
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.
Francis Reyes Acosta
Extensive background working in Public Relations, Business Relations, and broadcasting.
Dr. Jenelle Pitt
Assistant professor at California State University in their nationally-recognized Rehabilitation Counseling Program.
Executive Director of Central Valley Regional Center with an extensive background working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
Staff Service Manager for the California Department of Rehabilitation, an agency providing services to the individuals with disabilities.
Educational Services Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center
DAC Regular meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month, 10am – 11:30am (May and November Meeting on first Tuesday; no meetings in July and December). DAC Transportation Subcommittee meetings are held every two months on the 4th Wednesday. See below for schedule.
Regular Meetings Held 10am – 11:30am
January 14, 2020
February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 5, 2020 **Note this is 1st Tuesday
June 9, 2020
JULY NO MEETING
August 11, 2020
September 8, 2020
October 13, 2020
November 3, 2020 **Note this is 1st Tuesday
DECEMBER NO MEETING
Transportation Subcommittee Meetings Held 2:00pm – 3:30pm
February 26, 2020
April 29, 2020
June 24, 2020
August 26, 2020
October 28, 2020
December 30, 2020
2nd floor, Room A 2165
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
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.