After a long absence, the Revere Commission on Disabilities has been revived for 2017. This panel works to identify and address issues relating to persons with disabilities in the City of Revere, including offering policy suggestions to the Mayor and to the City Council.
The first meeting of the Commission for 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 10, from 6:00-7:30 PM. The Commission's meetings are all public meetings in the Council Chambers at City Hall, so all residents interested in these issues are encouraged to attend.
The topic of the Commission's 2017 annual report will be accessibility of public buildings and accommodations (city buildings, schools, the library, etc.). This will also be a focus of monthly conversation during Commission meetings, so residents are welcome to discuss accessibility needs at the meeting.
Part of the agenda will also be discussing relaunching a constituent service drop-in and call-in office for residents with disabilities to discuss disability-related issues and access to programming and services. In previous years, the City had a disability office that referred residents to services, followed up on ADA compliance questions, and loaned equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches to residents in need. Mayor Arrigo's administration is looking to revive this office and welcomes suggestions and input.
"The Commission on Disabilities serves as a voice and an advocate for residents of all ages and abilities," said Mayor Arrigo. "My office will work together with the Commission to improve quality of life for all Revere residents regardless of ability."
All residents with suggestions for this office should feel encouraged to attend the meeting or submit comments in writing via the new email address set up for disability-related issues: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail - Mayor's Office, City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151.
To help spread the word about the Commission, residents are encouraged to share a Facebook event invitation for the January 10 meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/350430951990419/.