The West Hollywood Disabilities Advisory Board (DAB) held their Disability Service Awards Ceremony as part of a regular DAB meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the West Hollywood Council Chambers, as part of Disabilities Awareness Month in October. The ceremony was Livestreamed on WeHoTV and Streaming Platforms.
Members of the West Hollywood community are encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses, the media, and nonprofit organizations for recognition of their work with people living with disabilities, including accessibility issues, attention to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, or advocacy.
The 25th Annual Disability Service Awards show recognizes four honorees this year:
· Terry Shajirat: Lovedy Brydon Differently Abled Individual Award
· The Abbey Food & Bar: Business Award
· Being Alive: Nonprofit Award; and
· Spectrum Laboratory for the film Boys Don’t Wear Dresses: Media Award
The City of West Hollywood and its Disabilities Advisory Board recognize October as Disabilities Awareness Month. This year marks the 33rd 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.
Throughout the month of October, the City of West Hollywood will commemorate Disabilities Awareness Month with the installation of 45 street pole banners along Santa Monica Boulevard, which recognize past recipients of the City’s Disability Service Awards in the individual and nonprofit organization categories.
On Tuesday, the City of West Hollywood partnered with Cedars-Sinai to host a free Community Health and Wellness Event at the Plummer Park Community Center. Services offered at this event were: flu vaccines for ages 6 months and older, blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, total cholesterol screening, emergency preparedness, trauma prevention, voter registration, and more.
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.