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Disabilities Commission

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

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.

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Contact

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.

Submission of AAB Variance Applications

In order to promote environmentally-friendly operational practices, The City of Boston Disabilities Commission is encouraging Architectural Access Board applicants to send variance and amendment applications electronically via email, in lieu of physical mailed-in copies on an ongoing basis. Please adhere to the following guidelines for electronic submission.

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

  • 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.
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

2022 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
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