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.


Anacortes ACAC

Skagit County ACAC


Core Members


Sylvia Cooper (Co-Chair)
Vacant (Co-Chair)

Joann Olmstead

Jerry Olmstead

Paul Denham
Colette Arvidson

Donna Erlandson

COA City Councilman 
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
VP Anacortes Lions Club, Dog-on –Call pet therapy
Parent of Aktion Club member

Email Sylvia Cooper

Email Joann Olmstead

Email Jerry Olmstead

Email Paul Denham
Email Colette Arvidson
Email Donna Erlandson


NEW - 2020 Anacortes ACAC Meeting Schedule - All meetings will be held at the Anacortes Senior Center at 1PM in the Great Room.

April 28, July 28 and October 27, 2020