The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities strives to increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout the City of Boston by facilitating full and equal participation in all aspects of life. This includes reducing architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers as well as promoting equity in housing, education, employment, transportation, and civic activities.
Commission Informational Brochure
The Commission office, located in City Hall, provides information & referral as well as technical assistance on disability-related issues to various City departments, developers, non-profit agencies and to the general public. The office also runs the Residential HP Parking Program, which designates parking spaces downtown and in the neighborhoods for people who have an HP Plate or Placard.
The Disability Commissioner serves as the ADA Title II Coordinator for the City of Boston, overseeing the City's Transition Plan by monitoring facilities, programs, and activities of the City for compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. The Commission has a volunteer Advisory Board, made up of nine city residents, who meet monthly to provide input on issues of importance within the disability community. All meetings are accessible and open to the public.
The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities has identified ten top priorities:
- Emergency Preparedness;
- Pedestrian Access;
- Curb Cut Compliance;
- Community Outreach;
- Mapping and Apps; and
- Sensory Disability Awareness.