The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services was honored today by the Department of Rehabilitation, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon’s office and Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for its efforts and achievements to provide accessibility to individuals with disabilities.
The ceremony was held in honor of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
At the ceremony, Cal OES was recognized for the development of online training for the physical accessibility of emergency shelters and recovery centers. The training was targeted at architects, civil engineers, building officials, Red Cross emergency shelter workers and others to ensure the safety and survival of persons with disabilities in emergency situations.
Cal OES is committed to working on important issues affecting individuals with disabilities. In January 2008, the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) was established at Cal OES to identify the needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during, and after a disaster and to integrate disability needs and resources into emergency management systems. Governor Brown recently appointed Luis Vance Taylor as the Chief of Cal OES access and functional needs.
Other state agencies also recognized for their commitment to accessibility and opportunities for individuals with disabilities:
- California Department of Human Resources and State Personnel Board
- California Department of Technology
- California Department of Transportation
- Department of Fair Employment and Housing
- Department of General Services
- Employment Development Department
- Parks and Recreation