Accessible Community Advisory Committee (ACAC) 

Board of Commissioners Presentation


A Committee to Aid People with Disabilities (PWD)

To improve quality of life for Anacortes residents and visitors with disabilities, Mayor Gere and Anacortes City Council approved Resolution 2014 on May 7, 2018, establishing an Accessible Community Advisory Committee, supporting the Governor’s Committee on Disability and Employment initiative to benefit people living with disabilities.

ACAC Purpose

The Accessible Communities Advisory Committee (ACAC) looks to engage the community of people with disabilities, local government, businesses and organizations in effective, solutions-oriented partnerships to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through elimination or mitigation of barriers they face.

ACAC Responsibilities

The ACAC will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

          • Advise policy makers on the needs of persons with disabilities in emergency plans.

          • Advise the county and other local governments within the county on access to programs, services, and activities, new              construction or renovation projects, sidewalks, other pedestrian routes of travel, and disability parking enforcement.

          • Develop local initiatives and activities to promote greater awareness of disability issues, and acceptance, involvement              and access for persons with disabilities within the community.

Committee Members

Core Members (tentative)



Col. Eric Johnson (ret.) 

Kirk Kennedy

Sylvia Cooper

Joann Olmstead

Jerry Olmstead

Paul Denham

Andy Arvidson

Colette Arvidson

Donna Erlandson

COA City Councilman, Kiwanis Aktion Club advisor

Disability due to MS, power wheelchair user, non-driver

Advocate for PWD, Committee Administrator

RN, Skagit Hearing Loss Assoc., Skagit Hearing Loop Advocate

Pres. Skagit Hearing Loss Assoc., Skagit Hearing Loop Advocate

Wheelchair user, Skagit Transit user

Pres. Skagit/Island Counsel of the Blind, Guide Dog Users BOD

VP Anacortes Lions Club, Dog-on –Call pet therapy

Parent of Aktion Club member




Gunnar Christiansen

Joann Stewart

Stephanie Hamilton

Keiko McCraken

Brad Windler

Sally Hill


Sandy Perkins

City of Anacortes Engineering-ADA compliance: streets, sidewalks, curb cuts, etc.

City of Anacortes Building Dept.-ADA compliance residential & commercial

Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director, representing local businesses

ASD 103 Community Engagement Coordinator, children advocate

Skagit Transit Route planning, service for people with disabilities

Senior Activity Center Coordinator representing senior population

Skagit County Developmental Disabilities Program Coordinator

Skagit County Chief Deputy Auditor


Scheduled meeting dates: August 28, October 30, January 29 & April 30.

All ACAC Committee meetings are held at Anacortes Senior Activity Center from 2:00-3:00 pm.


ACAC Committee Co-chairs:

Kirk Kennedy at

Sylvia Cooper at


Link to Governor’s Accessible Communities website.