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Disability Advisory Board

MMBR Liaison: Samuel Vilchez Santiago

Board Type: Orange County
Enabling Legislation:
The Disability Advisory Board was created by Resolution No. 95-M-95 by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) on October 10, 1995. Resolution No. 2008-M-36, adopted by the BCC on September 9, 2008, increased the membership to nine members. On May 6, 2014, the Board adopted Resolution 2014-M-18 changing the composition of the membership.
Membership shall consist of nine members. In order to promote awareness and greater objectivity in the performance of Advisory Board member duties, the Advisory Board shall not include Orange County employees, but may include, whenever possible, at least five persons living with a disability and one individual who is a caregiver to a family member with a disability, as well as three individuals who are professionals providing direct services from areas within transportation, healthcare, consumer services, or any state or local agency.
Member Types:
  • 9 At Large Representative
Term Length: 2 Years
Powers and Duties:
The Advisory Board shall have the following functions: 1. Identify areas for collaboration and partnership for the delivery of services to citizens with disabilities, making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners and County staff, as needed. 2. Continue to provide community education forums related to the abilities and needs of its citizens with disabilities. 3. Address concerns of citizens with disabilities that relate to personal care, communication, emergency preparedness, transportation, healthcare, accessibility, education, employment and housing with designated County staff. 4. Positively encourage the hiring of citizens with disabilities who meet and demonstrate the job skills, training and experience for gainful employment in the community as required under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 5. Encourage the modification of County facilities to meet the accessibility needs of citizens with disabilities as required under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida Americans with Disabilities Accessibility Implementation Act (Sections 553.501 - 553.513, Florida Statutes). 6. Provide input to the Board of County Commissioners and County staff on concerns that affect the life and living conditions of persons with disabilities throughout unincorporated Orange County. a) Serve as advisors and resources for technical advice and expertise due to the complexity of concerns that might arise from within the disability communityto ensure that the needs of citizens with disabilities are provided. b) Encourage providers with a focus on disability services and programs to participate on the ad hoc working committees of the Advisory Board.
Second Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m., ABC Conference Room, second floor, 2100 E. Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806

Learn more about Orange County public meetings at County Calendar.

Contact Person:
Nicola Norton
ADA Coordinator/Program Manager
Citizen Resource and Outreach Division
(407) 836-6568

Last Revised: 2/21/2024

Member Name Member Type Term Expires
John W. Ashton At Large Representative 6/30/2025
James William Byers At Large Representative 6/30/2025
Daila Espeut-Jones At Large Representative 6/30/2024
Diana M. Font At Large Representative 6/30/2024
Camille Gardiner At Large Representative 6/30/2024
Cathrina Grant At Large Representative 6/30/2025
Michael T. Lincoln-McCreight At Large Representative 6/30/2026
Kassanndra M. Santiago At Large Representative 6/30/2025
Celeste Thomas At Large Representative 6/30/2024

No vacancies at this time. Please check back later.

June 10, 2024

  • Agenda - 6-10-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf

May 20, 2024

  • Agenda - DAB Agenda 5-20-24 docx.pdf

May 13, 2024

  • Agenda - 5-13-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes5.13.2024 draft.pdf (Draft)*

April 8, 2024

  • Agenda - 4-8-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes4.8.2024 Final.pdf

March 11, 2024

  • Agenda - 3-11-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes03.11.2024- Final.pdf

February 12, 2024

  • Agenda - 2-12-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes2.12.2024 Final.pdf

January 8, 2024

  • Agenda - 1-8-2024 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes1.08.2024- Final.pdf

December 11, 2023

  • Agenda - 12-11-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes12.11.2023 (2) Final.pdf

November 13, 2023

  • Agenda - 11-13-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes11.13.2023 Final.pdf

October 9, 2023

  • Agenda - 10-09-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes10.09.2023 Final.pdf

September 11, 2023

  • Agenda - 09-11-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes09.11.2023 Final.pdf

August 14, 2023

  • Agenda - 08-14-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes08.14.2023 Final.pdf

July 10, 2023

  • Agenda - 07-10-2023 DAB Agenda.pdf
  • Minutes - DABmeetingminutes07.10.2023 Final.pdf

*This document is a draft and is provided as a courtesy. This document is not to be considered as the final minutes. All information contained herein is subject to change upon further review and approval by the appropriate agency/board/committee.