COVID-19 information
/
For the latest updates, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website:

Disabilities Commission

We facilitate full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in Boston. 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Our mission is to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by facilitating full and equal participation in all aspects of life within the City of Boston. This includes reducing architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers as well as promoting equity in housing, education, employment, transportation, and civic activities.

Our office works toward compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We also provide information and referral, architectural access review, and advocacy on disability issues.

disabilities_commission_logo
Contact
Location
1 City Hall Square
Room 967
Boston, MA 02201-2041
icon-time
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is open to the public by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Architectural Access Board applicants

On March 15, 2020, a public health emergency was announced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, the City of Boston Disabilities Commission is encouraging Architectural Access Board applicants to send variance and amendment applications by email, instead of physical, mailed-in copies. This allows for our staff to continue to work remotely. It also promotes environmentally-friendly operational practices.

Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines for electronic submission:

  • Applications should be addressed to Commissioner Kristen McCosh and sent to ada@boston.gov
  • The email submissions should have the subject line:  [Address] - AAB Variance Application
  • The application and all attachments must be in .pdf format in a single file, except where that file exceeds 15 megabytes. If the file should exceed 15 megabytes, it may be broken up into as few files as possible to fall below the size limit.

 Please email ada@boston.gov, should there be any questions or concerns.

ADA Title II Compliance

ADA Title II Coordinator

Commissioner Kristen McCosh
Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities
1 City Hall Square, Room 967
Boston, MA 02201
617-635-3682 (voice)
617-635-2541 (tty)
617-635-2726 (fax)
disability@boston.gov

Complying with Title II

Learn more about how the City of Boston complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary Virtual Rally
Credit: Disabilities Commission

Disability Commission Annual Report for 2018 / 2019

The annual report highlights the work that the commission has done to improve accessibility in Boston over the last year.

View the report

Latest news

News
A message from Commissioner McCosh: Reopening updates

A message from Commissioner McCosh: Reopening updates

Disabilities Commission
A message from Commissioner McCosh: Annual Resident Listing

A message from Commissioner McCosh: Annual Resident Listing

Disabilities Commission
A message from Commissioner McCosh: Black History Month

A message from Commissioner McCosh: Black History Month

Disabilities Commission
A message from Commissioner McCosh: More reopening

A message from Commissioner McCosh: More reopening

Disabilities Commission
More Disabilities news

2021 Advisory Board meetings

WHEN AND WHERE

The Disability Commission Advisory Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings will be held remotely for the foreseeable future.

Standard agenda
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Approval of prior month's minutes
  • Administrative Updates
  • Chair’s Report
  • Commissioner's Report – Kristen McCosh
  • Upcoming Events and Announcements
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • New Action Items
  • Public Input
  • Adjournment
Back top top