It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts we share the passing of our friend and colleague, Dianne Laurine.

Dianne was born with cerebral palsy, and had an accomplished and storied history of advocacy. She was passionate about universal design and inclusion in housing. While negative attitudes toward people with disabilities provided inspiration for her work as a filmmaker and artist, Dianne considered herself fortunate to be surrounded by loving family and friends.

"She was bright, strong, and kind," said ChrisTiana ObeySumner, co-chair, Commission for People with disAbilities. Dianne will be sorely missed on the Commission, and in the disability justice space.

Please join us in remembering Dianne:
Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m.
12550 Aurora Ave N
Seattle WA 98133-8036
Provail has parking and is accessible.

About the Commission

The Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments about issues of importance to people with disabilities, recommends policies, practices, and legislation to the City in matters affecting the concerns of people with disabilities, and encourages understanding among people with various disabilities as well as between people with disabilities and the larger Seattle community.

The City of Seattle, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities so that they can participate in boards and commissions, including interpreters, documents in Braille and other services. Please allow five business days in advance for accommodation requests. Requests made with fewer than five-days notice cannot be guaranteed. For details or to request an accommodation, please call (206) 684-4500


Who We Are

The Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities is a 21 member body of sincere and energetic volunteers who strive to use their collective capabilities and contributions to make a demonstrable improvement to the City of Seattle. The Mayor and City Council each appoint eight commissioners and the Commission appoints an additional four. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. The 21st member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.

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