About the Commission
Created by the Administrative Code & State law reference: MGL c. 40, § 8J: The Disability Commission consists of nine members. As established by code, "the majority of commission members shall consist of people with disabilities; one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability, and one member of said commission shall be an elected official." The City’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, housed in the Office of Planning & Sustainability, staffs the Commission. The Commission is an advisory body of the City.
Authorities and Responsibilities: The commission researches local problems of people with disabilities; advises and assists municipal officials in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; coordinates and/or carries out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability; reviews and makes recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards, and agencies of the City of Northampton as they affect people with disabilities; provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disabilities, and coordinates activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.
The commission generally meets once a month on a Tuesday (typically, but not always, the second Tuesday of each month) at 4:00 PM at the Office of Planning & Sustainability, 210 Main Street (Second Floor, City Hall), Northampton, MA 01060. All its meetings are open to the public.
Agenda & Minutes
- Gene Page, Chair
- City Councilor Marianne LaBarge, Vice-Chair
- Emma Cornwell
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- Jeremy Macomber-Dubs
- Rodney Kunath
- Michal C. Morton
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ADA Anniversary Celebration Display
The photograph below is from the ADA Anniversary Display in the front lobby of the Forbes Library.
Mayor David Narkewicz presents the Northampton Disability Commission with an ADA Proclamation at the July 9th City Council Meeting. Accepting the proclamation are (l-r) Mayor Narkewicz, James Winston, Tori Eklund, Chair, and Ruth McGrath