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Map of MA cities and towns with municipalities with an active COD shaded blue.

Blue shaded municipalities have an active COD.

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has recently launched a campaign to increase the number of Commissions on Disabilities (CODs). MOD is reaching out to MA cities and towns to provide guidance on how to form a COD.  Initiating the formation of a local COD is an important step towards ensuring equal access and opportunity for persons with disabilities within the community.

A COD’s mission is to promote the inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities in the activities, services and employment opportunities of the community. CODs also:

  • Advise and assist municipal officials in ensuring compliance with federal and state disability laws;
  • Allocate funds from handicap parking fines to benefit persons with disabilities;
  • Provide research, information, advocacy and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and organizations in disability related matters; and
  • Coordinate the activities of other local groups organized to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

CODs consist of no less than five and no more than nine members. The majority of appointed members must be persons with disabilities and one may be the immediate family member of a person with a disability. Also, at least one member must be an elected or appointed municipal official.

MOD has just mailed “COD Formation in Your Community” packets to elected and appointed officials in approximately 190 communities across the Commonwealth. Currently, there are about 150 MA communities that do not have a COD.  The first step in establishing a COD is for the municipality to adopt M.G.L. Chapter 40 Section 8J; either at a Town Meeting or through action by the City Council and Mayor.

If you:

  • are interested in being a member on a COD in your community;
  • would like to help establish COD in your community; or
  • have any questions

please feel free to contact MOD directly at 617-727-7440.

You can view a list of active CODs here (download Word version). We look forward to sharing more information as this initiative develops!

 

 

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Assistant Director, Community Services Program

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