About the Commission for Persons with Disabilities
The Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD), working in close collaboration with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services, is committed to promoting equality, to ensuring that the ADA’s vital protections for individuals with disabilities are preserved, and to advancing the basic freedoms that all Somerville residents deserve.
The SCPD accomplishes its mission, first and foremost, by maintaining an environment in the City of Somerville that is free of discrimination and harassment based on disability, by ensuring that all persons living, working, and visiting the city have full and equal access to all programs and services within the city as required by the ADA, and by working to promote and celebrate an inclusive and accessible community.
SCPD members work with City staff to assure that all residents are provided with current and accurate information, resources, and opportunities to enrich their lives. It works to increase civic and community engagement and participation. It works with city staff to see that structural, policy, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers to equal participation and opportunities are continually evaluated and removed. Mutually beneficial collaborations and activities with City administration and departments are developed and maintained through dialogue and resource-building to allow Somerville residents with disabilities an opportunity to contribute on equal terms.
SCPD’s overarching goals and fundamental commitment are to continue to fight the injustices and unequal treatment that are still present everywhere, and to work diligently to ensure that the barriers to equal opportunity and equal access that remain are addressed. Individuals with disabilities have much to contribute to the City, and they deserve a fair and equal chance to do so and to forge their own path forward.
- Holly Simione, Commission Chair
- Brian Postlewaite (Mayoral Appointee)
- Katharine Milton
- Deborah Haber
- Pauline Downing
- Harriotte Ranvig
- Ginny Alverson
- Frank Lee
Americans with Disabilities Act Public Notice (View as PDF)
The City of Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services or activities. The City of Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.
This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Questions, complaints or requests for additional information may be sent to:
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: (617) 625-6600 x2059
TTY: (866) 808-4851
Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville, are invited to make their needs known to the ADA Coordinator.
This notice is available in alternative formats, including audiotape, computer disk, and Braille, from the ADA Coordinator.
MA State Resources for Persons with Disabilities
- State Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 to 5
- MA DOE Special Education Planning & Policy Development Office
- MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
- MA Architectural Access Resources
National Resources for Persons with Disabilities
- Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
- National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research
- National Organization on Disability
- ADA Document Portal
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