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Public invited to forum on disability issues, city accepting applications for Mayor's commission for persons with disabilities

June 14, 2016


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Disabilities Commission

The nine-member commission appointed by Mayor Walsh will advise on policy and procedure.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston is now accepting applications for the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities. The commission is made up of nine members who work to help the City of Boston meet the needs of persons with disabilities who live, work and visit Boston. The Commission informs and advises the City on policies and procedures affecting the disability community.

In addition, the Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities will hold a public forum tomorrow, Wednesday, June 15 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Boston City Hall, Room 900 to give residents the opportunity to discuss accessibility concerns with City of Boston officials.

"As Mayor of the City of Boston, I represent all our residents, and ensuring the voice of our disability community is heard is a priority for me," said Mayor Walsh. "I am looking forward to working with the Commission on new ideas that will make the City of Boston more accessible and welcoming to all."

The City is currently seeking applications from people with disabilities who reflect the diverse needs of Boston's neighborhoods and communities. Members will be appointed by the Mayor and serve in a volunteer capacity for a term of three years. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Boston;
  • Must have a disability or be the parent of a disabled child;
  • Must be able to attend Commission meetings held once a month, from 5:30 to 7:30, in Boston City Hall.

Letters of interest are due by July 31, 2016, and should be sent to the attention of:  Commissioner Kristen McCosh, Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities at or by postal mail. Applicants may include a resume if possible. For questions and information, contact the Commission by phone at 617-635-3682 (617-635-2541 TTY), email, or visit