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Last updated: 8/14/18

Disability Commission Advisory Board

The advisory group of Boston residents keeps the City's Commission for Persons with Disabilities updated on issues of importance in the local disability community.

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. 

Download Advisory Board By-Laws

Still have questions? Contact:
Disabilities Commission
1 City Hall Square
Room 967
Boston, MA 02201-2041
United States

Board members

The board consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. Learn more about the board members.

The majority of members are persons with disabilities, but:

  • one of the members may be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability, and
  • one member may be appointed as an official of the City of Boston and shall be an ex-officio member.

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Kristen McCosh 1/6/2014 Active
Carl Richardson 6/19/2017 6/1/2019 Active
Allegra Stout 10/1/2013 10/1/2015 Holdover
Kyle Robidoux 6/19/2017 5/1/2019 Active
John Winske 6/19/2017 3/1/2019 Active
Jerry Boyd 6/19/2017 6/1/2020 Active
Eugene Gloss 6/19/2017 6/1/2020 Active
Feleshia Battles-Byrdsong 6/19/2017 6/1/2020 Active
Dusya Lyubovskaya 6/19/2017 6/1/2020 Active
Zary Amirhoussini 7/18/2018 5/1/2019 Active
Olivia Richard 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active
Juan Ramirez-Tapia 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active
Yardley Sanchez 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active
Elizabeth Dean-Clower 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active
G. Paul Caron 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active
Wesley Ireland 8/14/2018 8/1/2021 Active

2018 Meetings

Commission Advisory Board meetings are open to the public. Everyone interested in issues affecting the disability community in the City of Boston is welcome to attend.

Attendees are welcome and encouraged to bring their own concerns affecting the disability community to meetings. A section of the meeting agenda is reserved for public input. Meetings are televised live and streamed online with captioning.  

When:

Fourth (4th) Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where:

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square
5th floor, Iannella Chamber
Boston, MA 02201

Standard agenda
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Chair’s Report
  • Commissioner's Report – Kristen McCosh
  • Architectural Access Update – Patricia Mendez
  • Old Business
  • Old Action Items
  • New Business
  • New Action Items
  • Public Input
  • Adjournment

Meetings are broadcast live on Comcast channel 24, and RCN channel 13, as well as live online.

The public is always welcome to attend advisory board meetings without prior notice. However, if a larger group would like to attend, we would request that they RSVP to the Commission for Persons with Disabilities at 617-635-3682 or disability@boston.gov. It would assist us in arranging the meeting space.

Commission activities

  • Successfully advocated for the appointment of a Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Planned with the City and AAB regarding streetscape improvements, including an accessible route across City Hall Plaza to be finished by November 2011.
  • Reached agreement with the City on the repair of Huntington Avenue by installing a concrete path of travel over the next three years.
  • Helped prioritize curb cut and sidewalk repairs throughout the city. Successfully advocated for a change of sidewalk crossing design on Forsyth Way in Fenway.
  • Wrote letters and testified before the ZAB on applications for variances.
  • Researched, wrote letters, and testified in favor of Department of Public Health regulation change to allow flexibility regarding central air-conditioning in apartment buildings.
  • Consulted with Transportation Department on sidewalk surface materials and HP parking.
  • Reached agreement with the City to no longer use City Hall paver bricks.
  • Worked with the Hackney Division to ensure access to accessible cabs.
  • Worked with the City and MBTA on snow clearance responsibilities.
  • Advocated for the implementation of a citywide ADA transition plan.

Minutes, agendas, and reports

Minutes, agendas, and reports

Commission Info

Authority:
City
Term:
n/a
Stipend:
$0.00
Total Seats:
9