The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require employers to assure that persons with disabilities are given equal employment opportunities and are treated fairly as employees. These laws require employers to provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities in order that they may perform their jobs successfully. State agencies are required to develop and implement an equal employment program aimed at assuring that persons with disabilities have access to positions in State government on an equal and competitive basis with the general population.
The Law Requires a DAC
Each state agency shall establish a committee of employees who are individuals with a disability to advise the head of the agency on matters relating to the formulation and implementation of the plan to overcome and correct any under-representation determined pursuant to Government Code Section 19234.
For most committee members, their involvement is an additional responsibility requiring staff time.
As a result, it may be necessary to arrange for approved staff time in order to accomplish specific committee objectives. For example, one committee has arranged for specific time allocations for DAC meetings and staff work (e.g., ten hours per month). At a minimum, the DAC chairperson may have time allocated for committee work if the committee is to succeed.
Identify program concerns in areas relating to employees with disabilities such as providing reasonable accommodation both in the selection process and in employment; removing architectural and attitudinal barriers; ensuring employee training accessibility; complying with antidiscrimination laws, such as the ADA; and providing employment policies and practices which enhance the hiring, retaining and promoting of qualified persons with disabilities.
Recommend alternatives for resolving program problems impacting employees with disabilities.
Assist in the development and implementation of program objectives that affect persons with disabilities.
Assist in the development and presentation of training courses that are socially and culturally sensitive to the needs of persons with disabilities and that provide information regarding the positive benefits of employing persons with disabilities.
Membership is open to all Department of Developmental Services employees. The committee’s composition must include some members who have disabilities. Contact us at DAC@dds.ca.gov for more information.
Members are appointed by the Director of Department of Developmental Services to serve a two-year term, unless filling a vacancy, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.
Coordination of the DAC will be under the direction of the Office of Human Rights and Advocacy Services.
California Department of Developmental Services Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Contact Roster
|Member Name||Location||Phone Number||Fax||Appt End Date|
|Alexandra Sanders, Chair||DDS/HQ||916-654-1164||916-654-3641||11/30/2022|
|Jessica Ross, Co-Chairperson||DDS/HQ||916-654-1611||3/31/2022|
|Alexandra Bravo, Secretary (Interim)||DDS/HQ||916-654-2892||3/31/2022|
|Seneca St. James||DDS/HQ||916-654-3696||916-654-3641||3/31/2022|
|Director’s Office Support||Location||Phone Number||Fax|
|Dena Ruiz (OHRAS)||DAC Liaison||916-654-1842||916-651-8210|
When: Third Tuesday of every three months, until further notice. Location:
Department of Developmental Services 1215 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814
2022 DAC Annual Calendar
Unless otherwise noted, the meetings will be held on the following dates.
|March 15, 2022||1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.||Zoom|
|June 21, 2022||1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.||Zoom|
|September 20, 2022||1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.||Zoom|
|December 20, 2022||1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.||Zoom|
Please refer to the DAC Meeting Agenda for the conference call information.
2022 Agendas & Minutes
- March 2022 Agenda PDF
2021 Agendas & Minutes
- December 2021 Agenda PDF
- September 2021 Agenda PDF
- August 2021 Agenda PDF | Minutes PDF
- May 2021 Agenda PDF | Minutes PDF
2020 Agendas & Minutes
- November 2020 AgendaPDF | Minutes PDF
- September 2020 AgendaPDF
- August 2020 – No Meeting
- July 2020 Agenda PDF | Minutes PDF
- June 2020 – No Meeting
- May 2020 Agenda PDF | Minutes PDF
- April 2020 – No Meeting
- March 2020 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- February 2020 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- January 2020 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
2019 Agendas & Minutes
- November 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- October 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- September 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- August 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- July 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- June 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- May 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- April 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- March 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- February 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
- January 2019 AgendaPDF | MinutesPDF
Last modified: March 10, 2022