The month of October is recognized as DisAbilities Awareness Month. The City of West Hollywood’s DisAbilities Advisory Board held its 24th Annual DisAbility Service Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, with a special televised meeting. The ceremony is available for viewing on WeHoTv’s YouTube platform.
This year’s DisAbility Service Awards honorees are:
- Lovedy Brydon Differently Abled Individual Award: Dena Saur Bowman – (posthumously);
- Business Award: Pavilions West Hollywood;
- Media Award: Paulo Murillo; and
- Nonprofit Award: West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center/Jewish Family Service LA.
City officials and DAB members presented the recipients with their awards. Community members remembered disAbilities advocate, former member, and Vice Chair of the West Hollywood DisAbility Advisory Board, Michael Arrigo, who passed away this past Wednesday, September 27, 2022. They also said goodbye to Joan Mithers of the Department of Human Services & Rent Stabilization in the Social Services Division, who is retiring.
To view the awards program, visit the City of West Hollywood’s WeHoTV YouTube channel, or click on the link below:
Throughout the month of October, the City of West Hollywood commemorated DisAbilities Awareness Month with the installation of 43 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.
The in addition to the DisAbility Service Awards, the City also hosted a free Outdoor Flu and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in the Great Hall Courtyard at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai. The event took place on Thursday, October 20, 2022.
COVID-19 transmission is still a concern in Los Angeles County. People who are unvaccinated are at higher risk for serious illness and death. Additionally, the flu season presents a challenge to public health because symptoms of influenza can be very serious. Services offered at this event are: flu vaccines for ages 6 months and older (children 6 months to 8 years of age receiving their first flu vaccine may be registered for their required second dose at https://myturn.ca.gov/); COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines: first, second, and Bivalent Booster doses for ages 12 years and older; Pfizer third dose for immunocompromised individuals 12 years and older. T
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.