South Hadley’s Commission on Disabilities is six months old! Established in April 2020, the Selectboard interviewed and selected its current five members for the commission. The commission's purpose is to coordinate or carry out programs in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability in order to bring about full and equal participation for people with disabilities in all aspects of life in South Hadley.
The commission has been very active and some of our accomplishments have included reviewing the town's ADA Self – Evaluation plan and establishing priorities, meeting with the building Inspector with whom we work to review and provide input regarding accessibility standards for any new construction, providing input for a Mass Office on Disability Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program, and participating in the subcommittee established to review virtual platforms to be utilized by the town going forward.
The commission has also developed a confidential survey to better inform members of the range of disabilities and feedback regarding community access of South Hadley. The survey will be available soon on the Commission on Disabilities page here. All residents are encouraged to complete the survey because the commission is committed to advocating for an all-encompassing range of disabilities and in keeping with its mission, truly represent all citizens’ needs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the chair via email, here.
Look for an announcement in early December when the disabilities survey is available online.