Since the creation of the Community Access Monitor Project in 1985, approximately 12,000 people have been trained by the Massachusetts Office on Disability to survey buildings for accessibility and to advocate for compliance. Over 2,000 people have been certified as Community Access Monitors.
Initially, the Community Access Monitor Project emphasized the enforcement of the Architectural Access Board's Rules and Regulations. Now, with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act in effect, requirements for access have broadened to include communication and programmatic as well as architectural accessibility. As the scope of accessibility legislation has broadened, so has the role of the Community Access Monitor.
The workbook provided at these trainings contains information on access legislation and provides a step-by-step process for conducting assessments and encouraging voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Access Board Rules and Regulations.
October 2018 Update - While the training's below have been held, we will begin planning for the 2019 season in early January of 2019. Please check back then for updates.
Training courses run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for two back-to-back days. This information is updated regularly, so please check back often.
Agawam CAM Training:
Date: April 24 - 25, 2018
Location: American Legion Post 185, Agawam, MA.
Host: Agawam Commission on Disability
Westport CAM Training:
Date: September 11 - 12, 2018
Location: White's of Westport, Westport, MA
Host: Fall River Commission on Disability and the Southeast Center for Independent Living
Natick CAM Training
Date: October 17 - 18, 2018
Location: Community-Senior Center, Natick, MA.
Host: Natick Commission on Disability
Architectural, communication, programmatic, and policy barriers prevent people from participating fully in society. People with disabilities can't assume they can use common public places, such as stores, banks, offices, and restaurants. They can't always take part in ordinary activities like working, getting an education, visiting friends, and attending community events. Most non-disabled people take these freedoms for granted.
Accessibility means much more than ramps for wheelchair access. People can have all types of disabilities, ranging:
All people should have equal access to facilities, services, and programs. People with disabilities must not be discriminated against through:
- Structural barriers
- Unequal policies and practices
- Inaccessible means of communication and spreading of information
Community Access Monitors play an important role in encouraging access improvements. While you don't have legal enforcement authority, you still can be an effective advocate by working with:
- Municipal disability commissions
- Independent Living Centers
- ADA Coordinators
- Building inspectors
Skills you'll learn
This program trains you to advocate for accessibility improvements and conduct building assessments. We can give you:
- Knowledge of access laws and regulations
- Understanding of the range of state and federal organizations
- Skill in surveying and advocacy
- The ability to be persuasive and persistent
With these skills, you can encourage voluntary compliance with the:
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Architectural Access Board Rules and Regulations
Pre-registration is required. To attend an upcoming training, please contact:
Jeffrey Dougan, Assistant Director of Community Services
Massachusetts Office on Disability
(800) 322-2020 ext. 27316
Download the applicable registration form for the training you are interested in attending.