City of Irvine Disability Services provides support services and
social programs to persons with disabilities, their families,
caregivers and providers, who live or work in Irvine.
Services and programs include:
- Social and Recreational programs for all ages
- Community Disability Awareness Events
- Disability Awareness Training
- Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board
- Access Reporting
- Inclusion and Accommodation support
- Collaborations with Community Disability Agencies
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City of Irvine, Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB). The voluntary Board is made up of at least 51% of residents with disabilities. The remainder of the Board is comprised of residents who have a family member with a disability and persons who work in the field of disability services.
The primary function of the Board is to serve as a resource to the Irvine community, and make recommendations to City Departments and Community Services Commission.
Qualified applicants must live in the City of Irvine and be willing to commit to a minimum two-year term of active responsibility. General Board meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. (with additional committee meetings arranged as needed), at the Irvine Civic Center.
Applications are available at irvinedisabilityservices.org or by calling Irvine Disability Services at 949-724-6732. Completed applications can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or in person at Community Services-Disability Services, 1 Civic Center Plaza, P.O. Box 19575, Irvine CA. 92623-9575. May also be faxed to 949-724-6608; attention Disability Services.
Application submission e-mail address: IDS@CityofIrvine.org
For information please contact Susie Blanco at 949-724-6633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Touch a City - Touch a Nation" Video
"Touch a City - Touch a Nation is the City of Irvine's flagship video for
community awareness providing newsworthy information for the disabled and able-bodied. In order to fulfill our dream of communicating awareness to every citizen, we must first Touch our City then Touch our Nation." Click the image on the left to view.
City of Irvine Wins the National Organization on Disability
2002 Accessible America Award
Designed to recognize community-wide efforts to be “disability friendly,” the contest showcased cities where citizens with disabilities have full or equal opportunities to participate in the life of the community, including access to jobs, education, religious worship, voting, transportation, housing, and the entire range of social, recreational, cultural and sports activities.
Irvine’s welcoming attitude impressed the judges, eight leading national disability advocates and experts. As one of the nation’s largest planned urban communities, Irvine uses its master plan to promote full access to schools, parks, religious institutions, recreational facilities and events for all residents, workers and visitors. Some examples of City programs and services that advocate accessibility include:
The City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which invites disability community involvement in brainstorming concerns and in preparing for emergencies.
The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board, chartered in 1990, who responds to disability issues related to transportation, community awareness, employment, housing, accessibility and social/recreational facilities.
Irvine’s Access Reporting Policy, which forwards citizen complaints regarding community accessibility to the appropriate City department for swift investigation and resolution, culminating in a plan of action within two weeks.
“This is a particular series of programs that are near and dear to my heart,” said Mayor Larry Agran. “Our city has worked very hard to ensure a quality environment for all our residents, including those with disabilities. This dedication is what makes Irvine the strong community it is today, and what it will be for generations to come.”
City officials will receive a cash award of $25,000 to support and fund local disability-related endeavors. This award acknowledges the City of Irvine’s community-wide progress on disability issues and promotes other cities to replicate these efforts.
For more information on Disability Services, call (949) 724-6637 or email us at IDS@cityofirvine.org.
National Organization on Disability Video
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