The city of West Hollywood and its Disabilities Advisory Board are hosting two events to recognize Disabilities Awareness Month, which occurs each October.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, the city will host a Disabilities Resource Fair at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. The Disabilities Resource Fair will emphasize assistive technology and independent living for people with disabilities. There will be free flu shots, MediCal and Calfresh enrollment and technology/resources from local nonprofit organizations serving the community. Legal consultations, which include the drafting of wills and advanced directives, will be offered by Bet Tzedek Legal Services to people who live or work in the city of West Hollywood. Additionally, there will be workshops taught by experts in the field covering in-home services, government benefits and “life hacks” for people with disabilities. Admission is free and no RSVP is required.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m., the city will host its 20th annual Disability Service Awards at the city of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. A reception will take place prior to the meeting, beginning at 5 p.m. The Disability Service Awards event recognizes individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations for work with people living with disabilities including accessibility issues, attention to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, or advocacy. This year’s Disability Service Award recipients are Elizabeth Savage (individual award), 24 Hour Fitness (business award), NBC Los Angeles (media award) and Los Angeles County Fire Department stations 7 and 8 (nonprofit award).
Southern California-based artist, Nicholas Kontaxis, will receive special recognition for his work and Rita Norton will receive posthumous recognition for her contributions to people with disabilities.
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