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Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)

Disability Advisory Commission (DAC)

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:

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.

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

Dr. Jenelle Pitt
Professor at California State University, Fresno in their nationally-recognized Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program.

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

Susan Coulter
Vice-Chair
Educational Services Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center.

Yonas Paulos
Homeless Veterans Advocate

DAC Meetings

DAC Regular meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month, 10 am – 11:30 am (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. DAC Housing subcommittee meetings are held every two months on the 4th Friday. See below for the schedule.

Meetings will be held via Zoom. The registration information provided below.

Regular Meetings Held 10 am – 11:30 am
Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_92_emsrTQDKt2MxuMh9ftQ
January 12, 2021
February 9, 2021
March 9, 2021
April 13, 2021
May 11, 2021
June 8, 2021
JULY NO MEETING
August 10, 2021
September 14, 2021
October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021
DECEMBER NO MEETING

Transportation Subcommittee Meetings Held 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7xzorrs6QTq5NfpnYfScbg
February 24, 2021
April 28, 2021
June 23, 2021
August 25, 2021
October 27, 2021
December 22, 2021

Housing Subcommittee Meetings
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Register in advance: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QjI2p0hFRtu7An4Rpbx_Og
January 22, 2021
March 26, 2021
May 28, 2021
July 23, 2021
September 24, 2021

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.