Commissions on Disability (COD) are established by vote of Town Meeting (in towns) or City Council (in cities) to promote the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities in the activities, services and employment opportunities in the community. One of MOD's principle duties is to provide support and guidance for these commissions.

COD Guidance and Coordination

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) frequently visits the local COD's to discuss any topics the Commission wants.  Frequently, MOD provides updates to the Commissions regarding changes to the various state and federal laws and to offer guidance to Commissions regarding their role within the community.

If you are serving on a Commission and would like someone from MOD to come to one of your regularly scheduled COD meetings, please feel free to call Jeffrey L. Dougan, Assistant Director for Community Services or email him at

If you are interested in starting a COD in your community, please visit our "Establishing A COD" webpage.

Also, follow this link for the reinstated Regional COD Meetings that are taking place throughout the Commonwealth.

The image below indicates where there are, currently, COD's throughout the Commonwealth.

  • The blue communities have established a COD under MGL Chapter 40 Section 8J.
  • The green shaded communities have established a COD under MGL Chapter 40 Section 8J and have also adopted MGL Chapter 40 Section 22G.
  • The yellow shaded communities have established an ADA Committee but have not adopted the above mentioned MGL's.
  • The white shaded communities have no COD.

You can also see this information on the COD's Throughout the Commonwealth xlsx format of Commission Listing of COD, HP Fines and Committees

Alternatively, here is the link for the current COD listing: Commission on Disability List  docx format of Commission on Disability List
pdf format of                             Commission on Disability List

Please be aware that this map was last updated in May of 2017.

This is a map delineating where there are COD's in the Commonwealth.  The blue indicates established COD's under MGL C.40 S.8j.  Green indicates COD's established under MGL C.40 S.8j and have adopted MGL C.40 S.22g.  Yellow indicates ADA Committees that have not adopted any MGL.  Clear indicates no COD within the community.