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Disability Service Awards

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The Disabilities Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood will be presenting the 21st Annual Disability Service Awards as part of the City’s observance of Disability Awareness Month in October. The award presentations and reception will be held in the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Members of the West Hollywood community are encouraged to nominate individuals, businesses, the media, and non-profit organizations that deserve special recognition for their work with people living with disabilities, including accessibility issues, attention to ADA requirements, or advocacy. Self-nominations are welcome.

Please submit nominations by 5pm on Monday, August 19, 2019 using this form (which may be replicated):

Disability Service Award 2019 - Nomination Form [PDF]

Nominations may be sent via email to , fax to (323) 848-6565, or mail to 8300 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.  Be sure to include a contact name & phone number or email address. Award recipients will be chosen at the Disabilities Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 and will be notified shortly thereafter. 

For additional information, call (323) 848-6510.


(last year's honorees noted in red)


Arrigo, Michael – Disabilities Advocate (2007)
Blaivis, Cathy - Disabilities Advocate (2016)
Brun-Sanglard, Eric – Disabilities Advocate (2006)
Cheryl Connolly - AIDS Project Los Angeles employee (2013)
Dobrin, Jeanne – Disabilities Advocate (2009)
Dore, Yola – Disabilities Advocate (2010)
Gilbert, Diane – Teacher at Melrose Avenue School (2000)
Harker, Stephanie - Disabilities Advocate (2016)
Jacobs, Howard – Disabilities Advocate (2003)
Marshall, Kathy – Jewish Vocational Services employee (1999)
McDonough, Janine – The City of Hope’s Positive Image Program (2005)
Miller, Dana - Disabilities Advocate (2014)
Morris, Roy – Volunteer at Rosewood Avenue School (2002)
Palmero, Evalia – Special Education Aide at Melrose Avenue School (2001)
Rickles, Ric – Senior Advisory Boardmember & Disabilities Advocate (2011)
Savage, Elizabeth (2018)
Semonco, Anny – Disabilities Advocate (2008)
Schiff, Congressman Adam (2015)
Shriver, Maria (2017)
Sutton, Nadia - Founder of PAWS/LA and Community Advocate (2012) 
Villachica, Dayanire – Jewish Vocational Services employee (2004)


ACEing Autism (2016)
AIDS Project Los Angeles – Work Services Program (2000)
Amanda Foundation (2011)
Bet Tzedek Legal Services (2001)
Braille Institute (2017)
The Center for the Partially Sighted (2005)
Good Neighbors (2004)
Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (2014) 
Jewish Family Services Disability Program (1999)
Jewish Family Services Nutrition Program (2009)
Jewish Vocational Services Youth Ability Program (2001)
LA LGBT Center - WeHo (2015)
Los Angeles County Fire Department, Stations 7 & 8 (2018)
Metropolitan Community Church, Board of Directors (2002)
National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (2007)
Partners Adult Day Health Care (2003)
PAWS/LA (2006)
Project Chicken Soup (2013)
Special Olympics - Southern California (2015)
Toy Box Party (2012) 
Volunteers on Patrol Program, West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department (2008)
West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (2010)


Capitol Drugs (2015)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (1999)
Choice Travel (2000)
Fountain Day School (2008)
Gamburd Medical Equipment & Services (2007)
Gelson's Market West Hollywood (2012) 
Golden Choice (2014)
LMS Health Partners ADHC of Los Angeles (2011)
Mail Boxes PMB (2009)
MV Transportation (2017)
Pavilions Market, West Hollywood (2003)
Raya’s Paradise (2001)
Target - West Hollywood (2013)
Team One USA (2016)
Trader Joe’s (2004)
24 Hour Fitness (2018) 
WeHo Copy Center (2010)
Wells Fargo, West Hollywood branch (2006)

MEDIA (1st Media award presented in 2006)

Disability Network – a radio program with host, Janet Neal (2011)
Frontiers Magazine (2012) 
Gold Pictures - Jenni Gold (2017)
KCBS (2006 & 2016)
“Living Well with HIV” – a public broadcast program; Michael Arrigo, producer (2009)
NBC-4 Los Angeles
NBC-4 Los Angeles - "Life Connected" (2018) (2013)