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Establish a Commission on Disability in your city or town

You can promote inclusion of people with disabilities in your community by establishing a Commission on Disability (COD).

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Phone

This line is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Mass relay: Dial 7-1-1 and connect via main number.

This line is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.

The Details of Establish a Commission on Disability in your city or town

What you need for Establish a Commission on Disability in your city or town

CODs are established by vote of town meeting or city council to accept MGL Chapter 40, Section 8J.

You need a sponsor to propose the acceptance of MGL 40, 8J.

How to get Establish a Commission on Disability in your city or town

Steps:

  1. Identify a sponsor to propose the acceptance of MGL 40, 8J.
  2. Legislative body votes on: “Ordered: That the City/Town of _____ accept the provisions of Massachusetts General laws Chapter 40, Section 8J relative to the establishment of the municipal Commission On Disability.” 

    In cities: If the vote is approved, your measure goes to your mayor for approval.
    In towns: If the vote is approved, then your COD is created. Now, you can propose another measure to accept handicapped parking fines.
  3. Adopt MGL 40, 8J. This creates your local COD.
  4. City or town treasurer establishes a separate account for COD. 
  5. Expenditures from said account, including accrued interest, if any, shall be made upon the recommendation of the commission on disabilities...for the disbursement of funds, including the approval of the mayor and city council or the town manager or board of selectmen. 

    The city or town accountant shall submit annually a report of said account to the mayor and city council or the town manager and board of selectmen for review and a copy of said report shall be forwarded to the bureau of accounts.  
  6. Appoint members for your COD. CODs may have from 5 to 13 members. 

    Members are usually appointed by the mayor or town manager, but MGL 40, 8J outlines the particulars for each city/town charter. A majority of the members on the COD should be people with disabilities. 

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Contact for Establish a Commission on Disability in your city or town

Address
Massachusetts Office on Disability, One Ashburton Place, Room 1305, Boston, MA 02108
Phone

This line is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F. Mass relay: Dial 7-1-1 and connect via main number.

This line is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F.

Fax
(617) 727-0965

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