The Disability Commission provides information, referral, guidance, and technical assistance to insure that people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and other disabilities have equal access to Town facilities, services, and programs.
The Commission consists of nine Commissioners, all volunteers. The members are appointed by the Town Manager with approval from the Selectmen. State law mandates that the majority of Commissioners have a disability. Arlington complies with this mandate.
DISABILITY COMMISSION BYLAWS ARTICLE II.
The purpose of this organization is to:
Act as a centralizing force in the Town of Arlington by providing information, referral, guidance, coordination, and technical assistance to public and private agencies, individuals, organizations and institutions engaged in activities and programs intended to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Assist the Town and its citizens in bringing about full integration and participation of people with disabilities in the Town of Arlington through the following activities:
l research local problems of people with disabilities;
l advise and assist town officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations affecting people with disabilities;
l coordinate or carry out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with the Massachusetts Office on Disability;
l review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities, and facilities of departments, boards and agencies of Arlington as they affect people with disabilities;
l provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, business and organizations in all matters pertaining to disabilities;
l coordinate activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.