Dayle McIntosh Center Receives Buena Park City Council Proclamation Honor in Recognition of November Disability Employment Awareness
(Buena Park, CA) — The Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled of Orange County (DMC) received a special honor on October 24, 2023 with the presentation of a proclamation presented by the Buena Park City Council at the Council Chamber of Buena Park City Hall in acknowledgment of Disability Employment Awareness Month.
“Buena Park City Council is proud to celebrate Dayle McIntosh Center’s 46th Year serving Buena Park and the Orange County community at-large. By proclaiming November as Disability Employment Awareness Month, City Hall is shining a light on our community members with disabilities, while implementing more inclusive hiring and training policies. Our goal every day is for every employee to feel welcome and foster a more inclusive workplace. I am proud to deepen the City of Buena Park’s partnership with Dayle McIntosh Center,” states City of Buena Park Council Member, Jose Trinidad Casas Castaneda, III.
Orange County’s disability community continues to grow. Close to 500,000 residents are people living with disabilities, with 45% living with multiple disabilities. 24% of the older adult population people with disabilities continues to grow with COVID. According to Orange County Department of Public Health, as of October 27, 2023, Orange County has had 740,331 individuals affected with COVID since the start of the pandemic, man of whom are struggling with Long-COVID complications, and are brand new to the disability community facing
first time challenges with disabilities and employment. This on-going growth further creates a need for continued collaborative work between DMC and all of Orange County.
DMC’s relationship with the City of Buena Park is not a new one, but rather an on-going one.
Together, the city and DMC have joined forces to ensure accessibility and inclusion. This collaboration has been mutually beneficial and rewarding, as well as essential in providing valuable insights for representation as Buena Park’s planning, growth, and developments continue to expand awareness. From providing disability etiquette education, training, and partnerships DMC believes this will lead to growing new initiatives for the future to meet community need at a time when it needs it most. Therefore, being recognized for Disability Awareness Month has great meaning for DMC.
“This recognition and honor gives our organization great pride to have the city highlight the work and impact that our employees are having in this community. My hope is that this relationship will continue to deepen and our vision is to ensure that our work together helps expand the outreach to this community, with the goal to have an even greater impact through education, workshops and events, to touch the lives of the disabled and seniors in ways that will truly make a difference,” shares Tony Clement, Dayle McIntosh Center’s newly elected Board of Directors President.
November continues to be a month of celebration and gratitude for the Dayle McIntosh Center. In addition to the Buena Park City Council honor, the non-profit organization is celebrating its 46th birthday with an Attitude of Gratitude Giving Week November 20-28, 2023 benefiting the Norma Gibbs’ Fund to support its 2024 initiatives in creating continued important work in the community serving people with disabilities and older adults.
If you’d like to donate to The Dayle McIntosh Center you can do so by clicking HERE.
For more information on DMC’s programs and services go to https://daylemc.org or call directly at 714-621-3300.
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