The Needham Commission on Disabilities consists of nine volunteer members appointed by the Board of Selectmen to address the needs and concerns of residents with disabilities. Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. (excluding July, August and December) at the Needham Public Library Community Room. The general purpose of the Commission is to: (a) advise municipal officials, public and private agencies, and other individuals in order to ensure compliance with Federal, State, and Local disability laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.); (b) promote full integration of persons with disabilities into the community; (c) provide information, referrals, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability issues; and (d) participate in a variety of forums and media events to develop public awareness of persons with disabilities and encourage compliance with the A.D.A. The Commission on Disabilities also provides grants to community based organizations to make it possible for persons with disabilities to participate more fully in programs and activities within Needham.
The Town currently has two vacancies on the Commission on Disabilities: one of the positions must be filled by a person with a disability and also one of the candidates will function as a secretary, who should have competent computer skills to take detailed minutes during Commission meetings. Either candidate may want to participate in a one day training offered by the MA Office on Disabilities to learn how to evaluate accessibility in buildings and parking lots for ADA compliance.
Candidates should be residents of Needham. Vacancies will remain open until qualified candidates have been selected. Please complete Committee Interest Form found on the Town’s website at: http://www.needhamma.gov/committeeform or send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen at firstname.lastname@example.org.