The Mayor's Disability Council is a diverse group of people; approximately 80 percent represent the disabled population. The 13 member board was created in 1989. These council members volunteer their time and expertise to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. This council works hand in hand with the Disabled Services Division.

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Mayor's Disability Council flyer (text-only)
Mayor's Disability Council flyer

Proclamation for Robert A. Jones Day

Mission Statement

The purposes of the Jacksonville Mayor's Disability Council (MDC) are to provide a public forum for persons, groups and businesses to present their disability problems, concerns and successes, and to acknowledge work done well. The MDC shall be responsible for timely reports of same to the Jacksonville mayor.
  • Natalie Alden, Chair
  • Lisa Parlapiano, Co-Chair
  • Ronald McCauley
  • Dan O'Connor
  • Karen Prewitt
  • Ray Pringle
  • Barbara Brown
  • Rory Odom
  • Jose Morales
  • Denise Torres
  • Walter Johnson 
  • Anida Pollo
  • Gail Roberts (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Chris Eaton (Ad-Hoc Member)
  • Peter Gajdjis (Ad-Hoc Member)
The MDC meets every first Tuesday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room, 4th Floor, City Hall. Requests for accommodations should be made to the Disabled Services Division two to three business-days prior to the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact the office prior to the day of the meeting to confirm time and location as changes do occur from time to time.

The following dates are the Mayor’s Disability Council scheduled meetings for the 2019 year. The MDC will continue to meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Mayor’s Office.  All of the scheduled MDC meetings are held at 3:00 pm and will run no longer than 5:00 pm, with the exception of the January MDC Retreat which will be held at Cuba Hunter from 9:00 am– 3:00 pm.

For more information contact the Mayor's Disability Council at 

MDC Meeting Schedule

January 15, 2019- Training (held at the Cuba Hunter Center)
February 5, 2019
March 5, 2019
April 2, 2019
May 7, 2019
June 4, 2019
July 2, 2019
August 6, 2019
September 3, 2019
October 1, 2019
November 5, 2019
December 3, 2019

For questions or concerns contact:

Office of Disabled Services
(904) 630-4940 (Voice)
(904) 630-4933 (TDD)
((904) 630-3476 (Fax) 

Jack Gillrup Award

Chris Eaton is awarded the 2015 Jack Gillrup award at the 2015 Spirit of the ADA

Chris Eaton of the Jacksonville Public Library Talking Books was awarded the Jack Gillrup Award for 2015, congratulations Chris!

Mayor's Disability Council Community Employee of the Quarter

Employees with disabilities diversify many businesses, agencies and organizations in Jacksonville. The Mayor's Disability Council has created the Community Employee of the Quarter Award to recognize and promote examples of excellence in the Jacksonville disability workforce.

The nomination process is easy. You may either nominate yourself, a hard working employee or a co-worker that you believe represents excellence for people with disabilities working in Jacksonville.

Quarterly winners will be invited to the Mayor's Disability Council Meeting to accept their award. With permission, a picture of the winner and their story will be posted here to inspire others.