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August 31, 2018

Volunteers Needed!  Accessible Communities Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a way to serve your community here in Skagit County? If so, the Accessible Community Advisory Committee is the place for you! You might be wondering what the ACAC's purpose is and if so, you are encouraged to take a look at the additional details outlined below.

Legislature of the State of Washington has found that when people who have disabilities are welcomed and included as members of our communities and provided with equal access to the opportunities available to others, their participation enriches and enhances the strength, diversity, and economic vitality of those communities. Legislature further found that more than nine hundred thousand (900,00) Washington state residents with disabilities continue to face barriers when striving for full participation, barriers which could be eliminated easily. Focusing on the removal of these barriers to inclusion empowers people with disabilities by giving them an equal chance to contribute to their communities.

The ACAC, per RCW 36. 01.310, will (i) advise on addressing the needs of persons with disabilities in emergency plans; (ii) advise the county and other local governments within the county on access to programs, services, and activities, new constructions or renovation projects, sidewalks, other pedestrian routes of travel, and disability parking enforcement; and (iii) develop local initiatives and activities to promote greater awareness of disability issues, and acceptance, involvement, and access of persons with disabilities within the community.

The Skagit County Accessible Community Advisory Committee requires that members attend and participate in a positive, proactive, and collaborative manner in general membership meetings and workgroups.

If you know someone who would be interested in serving on the committee please pass this information on. If you yourself are interested, please contact Chief Deputy Auditor Sandy Perkins at 360-416-1706 or email sandyp@co.skagit.wa.us
Thank you!