Commission on Disability Access

Staff Contact:

MJ Adams, (413) 772-1548 ext. 2

Mailing Address:

14 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 tests for blind or low vision people at https://special.usps.com/testkits/accessible

Meeting Schedule: Meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:00 -3:00 pm, virtually

No meetings currently scheduled.

Members

6 of 6 seats. 3 years each seat.

  • Lynne Kelley, Chair. December, 2022.
  • Celeste Lunt, Alternate. June, 2024.
  • L'aura Jordan. June, 2023.
  • Virginia DeSorgher. June, 2023.
  • Robert Williford. December, 2023.
  • Douglas Mayo. December, 2024.

Mission Statement

The CDA was founded under MGL Chapter 40, Sec.8J, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Amendment Article 114 of the Massachusetts Constitution to shape the future of the town of Greenfield by advocating to create respectful accessible environments in coordination with the Commonwealth's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To assist municipal officials in ensuring compliance with federal and state disability laws and removal of architectural, communications, and policy barriers through monitoring laws and regulations that enhance equal and open inclusion of disabled people in all aspects.

 

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

 

Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 40 Section 8J:
 Disability commission; powers and duties; members; terms

Section 8J. A city which accepts the provisions of this section by vote of its city council, subject to the provisions of its charter, or a town which accepts the provisions of this section at an annual or special town meeting, may establish a commission on disability, hereinafter called the commission, to cause the full integration and participation of people with disabilities in such city or town. Such commission shall

  1. research local problems of people with disabilities;
  2. advise and assist municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities;
  3. coordinate or carry out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts office on disability;
  4. review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards and agencies of said city or town as they affect people with disabilities;
  5. provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability;
  6. coordinate activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.

Said commission shall keep records of its meetings and actions and shall file an annual report which shall be printed in the city or town annual report and shall have at least ten meetings annually.

Said commission shall consist of not less than 5 and not more than 13 members. In cities, the members shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to the provisions of the city charter except that in cities having a Plan D or Plan E form of government said appointments shall be by the city manager, subject to the provisions of the charter, and in towns they shall be appointed by the selectmen, except towns having a town manager form of government, in which towns appointments shall be made by the town manager, subject to the approval of the selectmen and except towns having a town council form of government, the town manager. A majority of said commission members shall consist of people with disabilities, one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability and one member of said commission shall be either an elected or appointed official of that city or town. The terms of the first members of said commission shall be for one, two or three years, and so arranged that the term of one-third of the members expires each year, and their successor shall be appointed for terms of three years each. Any member of said commission may, after a public hearing, if so requested, be removed for cause by the appointing authority. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment. The chairperson and other officers shall be chosen by a majority vote of said commission members.

Said commission may receive gifts of property, both real and personal, in the name of the city or town, subject to the approval of the city council in a city or the board of selectmen in a town, such gifts to be managed and controlled by said commission for the purposes of this section.

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). This may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City of Greenfield.

The City of Greenfield's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination. The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

Lindsay Rowe, ADA Coordinator
City of Greenfield
14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-772-1548x5
lindsay.rowe@greenfield-ma.gov

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, ADA Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the City of Greenfield and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by the ADA Coordinator does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Mayor or his designee.

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Mayor or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.

Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the Mayor or his designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by ADA Coordinator, appeals to the Mayor or his designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by the City of Greenfield for at least three years.

 

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Greenfield will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: The City of Greenfield does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication: The City of Greenfield will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in The City of Greenfield programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The City of Greenfield will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in City of Greenfield offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of City of Greenfield, should contact the ADA Coordinator, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the City of Greenfield to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the Town of Greenfield is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.

The City of Greenfield will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

Previous meetings:

CDA Meeting Minutes

Name Uploaded Date
Calendar of Events
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
14 Court Square, 2nd Fl Meeting Room
Posted to: Assessor’s Office
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 6:00 pm
via Zoom (link will be posted on the agenda)
Posted to: City Council
Wed, Oct 5, 2022, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Police Dept. Meeting Room
Posted to: Public Safety Comm.