Gary Allen - This partnership needs to remain strong. Classes need to be held for both those that want to provide services and what is needed and those who are physically disadvantaged to help them in programs such as exercise and specialized team events.
Timothy Atwood - The city should encourage, support, and broadcast programs such as Project Access at Palo Alto, which is committed to providing access to higher education for everyone, including those with special needs. The program has been successful on three levels. It prioritizes equity and access, focuses on teaching workplace skills, and elevates the sense of self-worth and dignity of those with disabilities, while equipping them to contribute to society in new, mutually beneficial ways.
Greg Brockhouse - A Mayor leads. The Mayor has the power of access and calls to action. We will step up the call and ensure disability access and the public safety nature of expansion of access is a prime focus on any partnership. For instance, if any of our partner organizations receive funding from the City, they must be a partner in disability expansion access goals.
Antonio Diaz - I would love to see tuition free education at our community college system and would work towards that by seeing what state or federal programs would facilitate that.
Denise Gutierrez Homer - Better internet and at home options for education and employers who will opt to fund their potential employees.
Dan Martinez - As a founder of the Palo Alto College Campus during my 6 year tenure on the Alamo Community College District Board (1978-1984), I have a special interest in making all public schools and college campuses available in providing affordable education for all students including the disability community.
Ron Nirenberg - Equitable access to Train for Jobs SA and SA Ready to Work is paramount as we work to recover from this pandemic. SA Ready to Work was overwhelmingly approved by voters in part because of its commitment to not discriminate based on ability in its intake and application process.
John Velasquez - As a former professor, I acquired a HUD grant which extended university-community partnerships through a local non-profit. We sent college students into the community to learn about barriers to education in underserved populations. I have maintained this partnership for 20 years. I know how to establish and maintain partnerships. After federal funds ran out, we continued the partnership with other local funds, such as United Way and The Santikos Foundation. To this day, I continue to receive requests from college students to conduct academic based training for them. Our focus has been trauma informed psychotherapy. Yet, many of these persons have multiple disabilities, so we focused on mental health, food, and access to housing.