The month of October is Disabilities Awareness Month. The City of West Hollywood and its Disabilities Advisory Board are hosting two events to celebrate and to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities across society, including in the workplace.
The City of West Hollywood will virtually host its 22nd Annual Disability Service Awards on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. The City is accepting Disability Service Awards nominations until October 5. Visit the City’s website for more information and to submit a nomination: www.weho.org/services/social-services/disability-services/disability-service-awards.
The Disability Service Award will broadcast live on the on the City’s WeHoTV channels, streams, and using the WeHoTV website link: www.weho.org/wehotv. Television broadcasts are available within the City of West Hollywood’s boundaries on Spectrum Cable Channel 10. In addition, programming may be viewed using streaming platforms by searching “WeHoTV” within the search functions of AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV, and Roku services.
It will also be available live and for replay at the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/wehotv.
This year, the Disability Service Awards will honor essential workers who support people with disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Members of the West Hollywood community are encouraged to nominate individual workers or groups of individuals for a Disability Service Award. Essential workers are those who conduct a range of operations and services that are typically essential to continue critical infrastructure operations. The essential workforce includes but is not limited to workers in: healthcare and public health; critical retail; transportation; childcare; critical trades; and nonprofits and social service organizations. A comprehensive list of the essential workforce can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/essential-workforce.
On Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the City will host an outdoor flu vaccination clinic at the Plummer Park Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. This free flu vaccination clinic for adults is provided by Cedars-Sinai Community Health Improvement in partnership with the City of West Hollywood. Getting an annual flu shot is one of the most effective ways to protect oneself and the community against the flu.
Nurses from Cedars-Sinai will conduct screenings and temperature checks before participants are allowed to receive a vaccination. City staff and Cedars-Sinai nurses will ensure social (physical) distancing protocols are followed. Nurses will have full PPE and require participants to wear a face covering. Face coverings will be offered to those who do not have them. Participants are asked to stay home if experiencing signs of illness or not feeling well. For more information or for questions or concerns about the flu vaccination clinic, please call Cedars-Sinai at (310) 423-9596
The City of 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 West Hollywood City Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency.
For more information, call the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing contact wehoc[email protected] for more information and to request accommodation.