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DAC Achievement Awards

City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2020 DAC Achievement Awards

Each year, in conjunction with the celebration of October as Disability Awareness Month, the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) recognizes individuals, organizations, and City employees that have improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in Fresno. Recipients will be honored in October 2020 during the City Council meeting as part of the commemoration of October as Disability Awareness Month.

DAC Achievement Award Nomination Form

Tenth Annual DAC Achievement Award – 2019

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc received the Disability Awareness Month Proclamation from Mayor Brand, City Manager Quan, and the DAC.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc received the Disability Awareness Month Proclamation from Mayor Brand, City Manager Quan, and the DAC.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc received the Disability Awareness Month Proclamation from Mayor Brand, City Manager Quan, and the DAC.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Team of Silvestre Gomez, Francisco Gastelumrivera, Alice Green, and Erica Castaneda are receiving the City of Fresno employee award. Inspector Gastelumrivera was working a code case that has been opened over two years and was not garnering compliance from the owner. He identified that the owner had a disability preventing him from easily understanding what needed to be done. The inspector assembled a team to work collaboratively with the owner, giving him more time and direct assistance at every step. The team even staged a massive clean-up day with the owner and ultimately helped the owner apply for and receive a new roof and paint. Housing and Revitalization Manager Phil Skei noted that “this was a wonderful example of staff utilizing their training to identify the needs of a member of our community, providing him the necessary resources to gain compliance, and improving his quality of life.”

City of Fresno Award recipients Neighborhood Development Team Alice Green, Francisco Gastelumrivera, Sil Gomez, and Erica Casteneda (not pictured)

City of Fresno Award recipients Neighborhood Development Team Alice Green, Francisco Gastelumrivera, Sil Gomez, and Erica Casteneda (not pictured)

Jennifer Reyna is the Manager and Coach of the only wheelchair basketball team in the central San Joaquin Valley, the Central Valley Ballers. Reyna volunteers a tremendous amount of time to the team. She successfully secured non-profit status and a Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation Grant for five new basketball wheelchairs and a storage trailer for the team to use. “Jennifer works almost by herself tirelessly to keep our Basketball team running smoothly…She was the main driving force in getting our team into a LLC and attaining non-profit status…She does all this while working a full time job as teacher” said Julie Perren in her nomination. Reyna Works as an Autism Specialist/Para Educator for Fresno Unified School District.

Individual Award Recipient Jennifer Reyna, Coach and Manager of the Central Valley Ballers

Individual Award Recipient Jennifer Reyna, Coach and Manager of the Central Valley Ballers

Planet Fitness on North Blackstone is being recognized for their customer service and inclusivity of people with disabilities. “Often public gyms will try to discourage disabled people from using their gyms,” said Chenier Derrick in his nomination. “I have seen many people that were never into fitness gain an appreciation for it due to the amazing service at Planet Fitness.”

Organization Award Recipient Planet Fitness

Organization Award Recipient Planet Fitness

Today we honor a group of people who not only live, work, and play hard but they also go above and beyond to make the City of Fresno better for everyone. The lives of those who have a disability are changed forever because of people like this.Mary Beth Randall, DAC Chair