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Commission on Persons with Disabilities - 2010 Annual Report

The City of Glendale’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities is pleased to submit the Commission’s 2010 Annual Report. The report includes our accomplishments and recommendations for the Council’s consideration.   

Resignations/Appointments:  Commissioner Shirley Galvez was designated Vice Chairperson.  Commissioners Danielle Bohall and Linda Yager resigned in 2010. New appointments in the commission during 2010 included Terry Aramian, Laura Hirsch, Karin Kellas and Robert Steiger. The commission is authorized eleven members and has two vacancies.   

PROGRESS ON THE SIX 2010 GOALS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. TO IMPROVE HANDICAPPED PARKING IN THE AREAS OF AVAILABILITY AND ENFORCEMENT.

Recommendations

  • The CPWD recommended to the City Council in 2009 to consider an increase in the fines illegal parking in handicapped spaces. The commission continues to support an increase in the fines. This decision is still pending with the City Council.
  • The CPWD would like to recommend that the Commission work with the Police Department, Marketing Department and Code Compliance in order to educate the public on who is to be parking in the handicapped spaces. The Commission recommends: 

    1. During the holiday season one or two Commission members walk around the parking lot of Arrowhead Mall advising the Police Officer(s) of any possible handicapped parking violations.

    2.  Public Service Announcements through Channel 11

    3. Public awareness notifications through Council constituent communications methods

    4. Public awareness notifications included with utility billings              

2. DEVELOP PARAMETERS FOR THE MINI-GRANT PROGRAM AND DETERMINE FUNDING. (Per the 2009 Annual Report the mini-grant program was voted unanimously to be discontinued)

3. DEVELOP A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY WITH COUNCIL AND PARTNERS.

Recommendations             

  • The commission recommends the Council provide direction to the city’s marketing department to facilitate the PAS and public awareness goals as established in Item 1 of this report.

4. ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY (OUTREACH) PUBLICITY.

Accomplishments

  • The commissioners made phone calls to HOA Board Members in their respective districts to introduce themselves and make them aware of the Commission. They were invited to attend a Commission meeting.
  • The Commission manned a table at the VRATE (Vision Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology) Expo with a variety of information pertaining to persons with disabilities including a flyer with the Commission’s website information.
  • The Commission invited a guest speaker from ABIL (Arizona Bridge to Independent Living). Through this speaker the Commission learned what ABIL has to offer.

5.           CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND BUSINESSES ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY.

Accomplishments

  • The election poling sites were inspected by Commission to ensure that these sites were wheel chair accessible.
  • Commission wrote a letter to the Banner Thunderbird Hospital to make them aware of the need to improve accessibility to a restroom in the Emergency Room. The hospital responded positively and advised that although they were in compliance with the ADA laws, they immediately made the changes as requested to improve the accessibility for the for disabled persons.
  • It was brought to the attention of the Commission that there was an accessibility problem to reach the button used to change the light and cross the street at the corner of 47th Ave. and Olive, due to the ground surrounding the light switch being rocky. The Commission contacted the appropriate City department and within two weeks the issue was resolved.

6.           DEVELOP A FAQ WEB PAGE.

Accomplishments     

  • The FAQ page was added and along with the help of the City’s Webmasters, the Commission added several new items to the PWD website including: HOW TO ENLARGE THE FONT for the visually impaired; DID YOU KNOW?, a series of interesting and informative topics related to PWD and ADA; QUICK LINK BUTTONS; LIST OF GUEST SPEAKERS; and a UPCOMING EVENTS feature.  
  • The Commissions’ webpage: (http://www.glendaleaz.com/boardsandcommissions/CommissiononPersonswithDisabilities.cfm) has received 4,623 visits in 2010.

Respectfully submitted,
Commission on Persons with Disabilities

 

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