Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board

Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB) was established in 1990 by the Irvine City Council to ensure residents with disabilities have equal access in community life. Membership is not to exceed 14 voluntary members, with 51 percent of the board required to be a person with a disability or directly related to a person with a disability. Board members are selected through a public recruitment process, and there are currently three vacancies on the board. 

  • Kay Kalra, Chair
  • Jennifer Kim, Vice Chair
  • Meena Chockalingam, Board Member
  • Brenda Deeley, Board Member
  • Andrea Drayer, Board Member
  • David Gibbons, Board Member
  • James Morgan, Board Member
  • Dennis Niggl, Board Member
  • Barbara Stern, Board Member

Apply to be a Board Member

IRDAB is currently accepting applications to fill five vacancies on the board. Board members are selected through a public recruitment process, and applications are available at Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza; at Sweet Shade Ability Center, 15 Sweet Shade in Irvine; or online through the link below. Qualified applicants will be notified and invited to an oral interview.

Advisory Board Application

For more information, contact Community Services Supervisor Ryan McGraw at 949-724-6637 or



Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board Meetings

The City is pleased to announce that the regular Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board (IRDAB) meetingswill be available through Webex, as well as a dial-in conference call line. In an effort to enhance community engagement, community members may submit comments via email to on upcoming agenda items, as well as throughout the IRDAB meeting.


Public comments can be made prior to or during the meeting via email to For questions, contact the recording secretary at 714-396-5009.


Community members may also view meetings live. A link will be provided two weeks prior to the meeting date.

We suggest installing and testing the WebEx software on your devices before the meeting. Visit for additional information.

For questions regarding installing the WebEx software, please call 949-724-6078.








IRDAB's mission is identifying and recommending programs and services meeting the physical and social needs of residents who have disabilities, regardless of age. The Board provides advocacy and support for programs related to community needs and propose recommendations to a variety of City departments. IRDAB also works collaboratively with vital community organizations.

IRDAB Community Contributions:

  • Educate the public about issues that affect individuals with disabilities
  • Ensure public access
  • Advise Community Services Commission on matters pertaining to persons with disabilities 
  • Provides community presentations
  • Disability friendly business awards
  • Disability awareness month

Meeting Information:

IRDAB meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (with the exception of July and December) at 6 p.m. at the Sweet Shade Ability Center, 15 Sweet Shade, Irvine, California 92606, unless noted differently below. Meetings are open to the public.

Schedule for 2021:

  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 8*
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 9**

*June meeting moved to accommodate Memorial Day. 
**November meeting moved to accommodate Election Day.

IRDAB presentations include:

  • Access Reporting
  • Accessible Playgrounds
  • Affordability and Accessibility Housing
  • Audible Signals
  • Disabled Parking
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Great Park Accessibility
  • Transportation
  • Universal Design
  • Much more!

Qualified applicants must live in the City of Irvine and be willing to commit to a two-year term of active responsibility. Become a Speaker's Bureau presenter. Topics include: Living with a Disability; Disability Etiquette; Benefits of Hiring Employees with Disabilities.

For more information on City of Irvine Disability Services, visit