Commission for Persons with Disabilities
The Commission facilitates full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in the City of Boston. They strive to reduce architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers that affect persons with disabilities.
ADA Celebration Day
24th Anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza
Food - Music -Friends - Fun - T-Shirts
This is a free event for children, families, & individuals of all abilities.
ADA Day 2014 Flyer
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or call 617-635-3682 voice or 617-635-2541 TTY
*** Wheelchair accessible, ASL Interpreters, CART ***
News from the Commissioner
Accessibility will now be a fundamental aspect of all new development projects in Boston.
"Accessibility will now be a fundamental aspect of all new development projects in Boston."
After many years of hard work and collaboration between the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), accessibility will now be a fundamental aspect of all new development projects in Boston.
Last week, the BRA voted to adopt an Accessibility Policy into its Article 80 Review Process. For those who are not familiar with Article 80, it:
"provides clear guidelines for the development of large projects (adding more than 50,000 square feet), small projects (greater than 20,000 square feet), planned development areas (new overlay zoning districts for project areas larger than 1 acre), and institutional master plans (projects relating to academic and medical campuses)...The Article 80 process may include, but is not limited to, review of a project's impacts on transportation, public realm, the environment, and historic resources."
So from now on, "accessibility" will be a category added to the project impact list of features to be outlined before proposals will be reviewed.
Developers will be asked to provide details and data on sidewalk conditions, intersections and crosswalks, accessible routes to ADA compliant public transit, as well as interior features such as accessible entrance locations, visitability features, and accessible paths of travel in all interior and exterior spaces.
We appreciate the support expressed by the BRA and their new director, Brian Golden, as they continue to work with us to improve accessibility in Boston. We feel confident that this policy will go a long way toward our goal of creating accessible routes throughout the city.
More info and press release included at the link below:
Press Release from the Boston Redevelopment Authority
- Commissioner Kristen McCosh