Attleboro Commission on Disabilities (ACoD)
Until further notice, all public meetings will be held via Zoom.
Commissions on Disabilities are governed by M.G.L. Ch 40 and accordingly have the power to: advise and assist municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; coordinate or carry out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability; review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards and agencies of said city or town as they affect people with disabilities; research local problems of people with disabilities; provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability; coordinate activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes
Our mission is to increase opportunities and remove barriers for people with disabilities by facilitating full and equal participation in all aspects of life within the city of Attleboro. TheCommission will strive to make Attleboro a safe, accessible and supportive place to live, work and visit for people of all abilities. We will raise awareness and guide all residents about challenges facing people with disabilities and their families. The Commission also intends to help influence public policy and act in an advisory capacity to ensure that opportunities are increased for persons with disabilities to foster self-determination and to reach their maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency. We will promote fair and equal treatment, address discrimination, and continue to build a welcoming and diverse community.
Attleboro Commission on Disabilities will:
• Make recommendations to the Mayor, Municipal Council and School Committee regarding issues and actions that affect disability rights in our community
• Offer a public forum for any person or group with a perceived disability rights grievance and serve as a source of support, information and guidance
• Promote understanding of a range of disabilities through informational events and publications
• Increase community awareness of possible disability rights violations
• Enlist the cooperation of public and private religious, ethnic, civic, fraternal and benevolent agencies in eliminating unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities by cultivating an atmosphere of mutual understanding and harmonious inter-group relations
Phone: 508-223-2222, ext. 3221
Attn: Commission on Disabilities
77 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
PUBLIC NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), this notice states to the public that the City of Attleboro does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, and activities.
The ADA requires the City of Attleboro to ensure that individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all meetings, services, programs, and activities, provided such action does not fundamentally alter the nature of its meetings, services, programs, or activities, or impose undue financial or administrative burden.
MODIFICATIONS TO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
The City of Attleboro will generally make reasonable modifications to its policies and procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all meetings, services, programs, and activities.
The ADA does not require the City of Attleboro to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its:
● programs, or
● activities or impose undue financial or administrative burden.
The City of Attleboro will generally, upon request, provide auxiliary aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in City of Attleboro meetings, services, programs and activities.
Such provisions may include qualified sign language interpreters, documents in large print or Braille, and/or other methods that will make information and communication accessible to people with speech, hearing, visual, or other sensory-related impairments. The City of Attleboro will not place a surcharge on individuals or on any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids and services.
Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a meeting, service, program or activity of the City of Attleboro, should contact the person who is running the activity or the Attleboro Commission on Disabilities at least two weeks before, but no later than 48 hours beforehand:
Attleboro Commission on Disabilities City Hall, 77 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
508-223-2222, ext. 3221
Complaints that a City of Attleboro meeting, service, program or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the Attleboro Commission on Disabilities listed above for information about the City of Attleboro’s Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act.