Dolores Gonzalez has life-long, self advocacy experience as a person with a disability and has worked in the field for more than 25 years. She has served as the ADA Coordinator for the City of Austin since the law became effective in 1992. In addition, she’s led the efforts, which have resulted in the City of Austin’s multiple recognitions for ADA Compliance.
– The U.S. Conference of Mayors cited the City of Austin in a publication “Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Case Study of Exemplary Local Programs.”
– U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Rodney E. Slater presented an award to the City of Austin for “creating visionary programs for people with disabilities…”
– In 2005, the City of Austin was a winner in the National Organization on Disability –Accessible America Competition, which also included a $10,000 award, used to improve park facilities.
Ms. Gonzalez was also instrumental in producing a video detailing the City of Austin’s efforts to comply with ADA: “City of Austin: Equal Opportunity for All.” As the Liaison for the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, Ms. Gonzalez assists in implementing their programs related to employment, youth and cross-disability issues, accessible arts, transportation and serves in an advisory capacity in policy making. Ms. Gonzalez served on the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities and has represented the City across the country.
She is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.