DUTIES: Members of the Disability
Advisory Commission study, review, evaluate and make
recommendations to the City Council relative to any
and all matters affecting persons with disabilities
in the City, including education, employment, housing,
transportation, recreation and access to programs and
services city wide. "The Commission is advisory
to the City Council and is supported by staff from the
Department of Public Works."
RELATIONSHIPS: The City Council
is the final decision-making body. The Commission is advisory to the Council
and works with members of the City’s Public Works - Equality Assurance
QUALIFICATIONS: A majority of the Commission members
should be disabled. The members are to be representative of different
disability groups, including physical, sensory and mental disabilities,
and shall be representative of gender, age and ethnic groups in the community.
Commission members must be residents of San Jose.
Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of February, May,
August and November, starting at 2:30 P.M. in City Hall
BENEFITS: There is no compensation for Members of the
Disability Advisory Committee. However, from time to time, the Committee
Members may be reimbursed for some expenses incurred on City business
POLITICAL REFORM ACT OF 1974 AS AMENDED: The Conflicts
of Interest Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Disability
Advisory Commission. However, Commission members are not required to file
a Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700.
APPOINTMENT PROCESS: All applications received are submitted
to the Project Diversity Screening Committee for review according to the
needs of the Commission as specified in a Needs Assessment Memo. Applications
will be forwarded to the City Attorney for a Conflict of Interest review
and thereafter, the applicants will be asked to appear before the Screening
Committee Members for an interview. Following interviews, the Screening
Committee will develop a list of applicants which will be submitted to
the Council Member Liaison to the Commission. The Liaison will forward
the list to the Rules Committee of Council either with or without a supplemental
recommendation. The City Council makes the final appointment to the Commission
based on Rules Committee recommendations.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Commission members are expected to
attend all meetings. San Jose Muncipal Code Section 2.08.060 specifies
that a Member of any Board or Commission who has unexcused absences from
any three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings in a calendar
year, is deemed to have resigned.
For further information about the Commission, contact
the Commission Staff at 408-535-8326.