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Disabilities Commission

We facilitate full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in Boston. 

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Our mission is to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by facilitating full and equal participation in all aspects of life within the City of Boston. This includes reducing architectural, procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers as well as promoting equity in housing, education, employment, transportation, and civic activities.

Our office works toward compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We also provide information and referral, architectural access review, and advocacy on disability issues.

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Contact
1 City Hall Square
Room 967
Boston, MA 02201-2041
Temporary COVID-19 hours
City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Architectural Access Board applicants

On March 15, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a public health emergency in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, the City of Boston Disabilities Commission is encouraging Architectural Access Board applicants to send variance and amendment applications by email, instead of physical, mailed-in copies. This allows for our staff to continue to work remotely. It also promotes environmentally-friendly operational practices.

Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines for electronic submission:

  • Applications should be addressed to Commissioner Kristen McCosh and sent to ada@boston.gov
  • The email submissions should have the subject line:  [Address] - AAB Variance Application
  • The application and all attachments must be in .pdf format in a single file, except where that file exceeds 15 megabytes. If the file should exceed 15 megabytes, it may be broken up into as few files as possible to fall below the size limit.

 Please email ada@boston.gov, should there be any questions or concerns.

ADA Title II Compliance

ADA Title II Coordinator

Commissioner Kristen McCosh
Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities
1 City Hall Square, Room 967
Boston, MA 02201
617-635-3682 (voice)
617-635-2541 (tty)
617-635-2726 (fax)
disability@boston.gov

Complying with Title II

Learn more about how the City of Boston complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary Virtual Rally
Credit: Disabilities Commission

Upcoming events

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Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board meeting

Disability Commission Annual Report for 2018 / 2019

The annual report highlights the work that the commission has done to improve accessibility in Boston over the last year.

View the report

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2020 Advisory Board meetings

WHEN AND WHERE

The Disability Commission Advisory Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The meetings take place at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, on the 5th floor in the Iannella Chamber.

Standard agenda
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Chair’s Report
  • Commissioner's Report – Kristen McCosh
  • Architectural Access Update – Patricia Mendez
  • Old Business
  • Old Action Items
  • New Business
  • New Action Items
  • Public Input
  • Adjournment