Who we are

Gold Key That Reads AccessThe Disability Communications Fund (DCF) is the grantmaking operation within the California Communications Access Foundation (CCAF).

We are the only funder in California that is solely dedicated to the communication needs of people with disabilities. We are continually learning and developing our knowledge in this field and how to best support it.


What grantees say about us

“ Disability Communications Fund (DCF) is really the only funder funding in this area.” 

 “Grant process is very clear. Staff is extremely responsive. They also communicate frequently and clearly. Report requirements are clear. Collaboration is encouraged.”

“We are thoroughly impressed with the clarity and ease of communication with CCAF/DCF. The staff are all accessible and guidelines are direct and clear.” 

“DCF has been a great grant partner - supportive and collaborative yet also providing grantees space to use funds as needed to accomplish mission goals.”

Grants Advisory Group

Our Grants Advisory Group consists of dedicated individuals with disabilities and/or individuals with strong ties to the field of disability communications. 

  • Karen Baca
  • Matthew Chaney
  • Tim Jin
  • Joshua Miele
  • Katie Murphy
  • Caren Sax
  • Emily Vera
  • Eli Weil
  • David Weiss
  • Michelle Yook
  • Juan Zepeda

board of directors

DCF’s Board of Directors consists of dedicated individuals that have strong ties in the disability community. 

  • Barry Saudan, President & CEO 
  • James Gilroy, Chair
  • Matt Grager, Vice Chair
  • David McClure, Treasurer
  • Charlotte Harper, Secretary
  • Lois Jean Brady, Director
  • LaVal Brewer, Director
  • Mariano Diaz, Director
  • Jesus Gonzalez, Director 
  • Dr. Philip Prinz, Director
  • Walter Raineri, Director
  • Sarah Slaughter, Director

Our Goals

  1. To promote the expansion of quality communications access programs and services to individuals with disabilities. 
  2. To strengthen the sector of providers of communications access for people with disabilities. 
  3. To educate other grantmakers about the communications access needs of people with disabilities.

Find us

For more information about our DCF, check out our profile on FoundationCenter.org [access to details for public charities with subscription only] and GuideStar.

James Gilroy, Chair