Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks Members for Citizen Advisory Board


9/17/2009

The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities is looking for people to fill three vacancies on its citizen advisory board.  Advisory board members help raise awareness about disability and access issues, eliminate discrimination, and promote equal opportunity for people with all types of disabilities – physical, mental and sensory.  They also teach disability awareness in the schools, businesses, and city departments, and assist in reviewing development and construction plans from an access perspective. Additionally, they provide information, guidance and technical assistance to individuals and their families, employers and private non-profit organizations.

 

The Commission monitors compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other federal, state and local disability laws and publishes a monthly newsletter. Visit their website at:  http://www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP2/disabilities.cfm

 

The Commission seeks to build a membership that reflects the cultural and racial diversity of the city, is cross-disability in nature and representative of the different geographical areas of the community.  Members must be current residents of Cambridge.  Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Second Floor Conference Room at 51 Inman Street. The building is wheelchair accessible. Members serve three-year terms in a volunteer capacity and are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis and be willing to work on various short or long-term projects.

 

Interested persons should submit a letter to the City Manager by Friday, November 6, 2009 describing their relevant experience and the kinds of projects or issues relating to disability that interest them. It may be mailed or emailed to:

 

Robert W. Healy, City Manager

City of Cambridge

795 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

Fax 617-349-4307

E-mail: citymanager@cambridgema.gov

 

The City Manager will appoint individuals, taking into account the advice of the Commission. For more information, contact Michael Muehe at 617-349-4692 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (TTY) or mmuehe@cambridgema.gov .

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