West Hollywood and its Disabilities Advisory Board are hosting two events to recognize Disabilities Awareness Month, which takes place in October each year.
On Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, the city will host a Disabilities Resource Fair at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. There will be free flu shots, MediCal and CalFresh enrollment, and resources from local nonprofit organizations serving the community.
Legal consultations, which include the drafting of wills and advanced directives, will be offered by Bet Tzedek Legal Services to people who live or work in the City of West Hollywood. Additionally, there will be workshops taught by experts in the field covering government benefits and emergency preparedness.
On Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., the city will host its 21st annual Disability Service Awards at the City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. A reception will take place prior to the meeting, beginning at 5 p.m.
The Disability Service Awards event recognizes individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations for work with people living with disabilities including accessibility issues, attention to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, or advocacy. This year’s Disability Service Award recipients are:
- Fred Goodman — Individual Award;
- Ambiance Transportation — Business Award;
- Juan Fernandez — Media Award, and
- The Actors Fund — Nonprofit Award.
Former Disabilities Advisory Board member Jim Chud will receive posthumous recognition for his contributions to people with disabilities. Admission to the Disability Service Award event is free; RSVPs are not required. Validated parking will be available at the adjacent five-story structure.
The West Hollywood’s Disabilities Advisory Board was created in 1995 and is comprised of nine members. The Disabilities Advisory Board addresses issues affecting people with disabilities, including ADA compliance, transportation, housing, access to city government and services for people with disabilities, and makes recommendations to the City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency.