Accessible Community Advisory Committee (ACAC)
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.
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.
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.
Core Members (tentative)
Col. Eric Johnson (ret.)
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
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 email@example.com
Sylvia Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Governor’s Accessible Communities website. https://accessiblecommunities.wa.gov/