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The Commission on Disability could still add members.

People with disabilities need apply.

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Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the each month.
6:30 PM at Chicopee Public Library on Front St.

  Dates Time Place
4th Monday
of the month
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Accessible
6:30 PM Chicopee Public Library
499 Front Street
Chicopee

Open to the Public
Jan 25 2016
Feb 22 2016
Mar 28 2016
Apr 25 2016
May 2016 No Meeting
Jun 27 2016
Jul 25 2016
Aug 22 2016
Sep 26 2016
Oct 24 2016
Nov 28 2016
Dec 2016 No Meeting
Commission Projects
("X" = Completed)  ("\" = In planning stage) ("/" = In Progress) ("?" = On Hold)
UPDATED Project Name Status
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Community Access Monitor Program Training Completed for 2014
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Fund raising for service dog Tabitha's dental surgery successful. Owner evicted from own home. Tabitha was return to her owner on December 3rd so they could have Christmas together.
X
Lake 22-Puddling @ corner Chicopee St and
Broadcast Ave.
Commission won battle with DOT (Picture)
Before & After
X
ADA Coordinator(s) Hired Mayor Richard Kos has assigned not one but two city employees to act as coordinators for Chicopee. Carolyn Porter (Superintendent of Parks & Rec. Department) and Raisa Riggot (Human Resources Director)
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Rewrite of Commission City Ordinance Final version of rewrite done, presenting to full commission and then the Mayor & City Council. (Keep your fingers crossed)
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Citywide Disabled Parking Sign Audit
Councilors Validation (Ordinance deletions started)
X
BSA Eagle Eagle Scout BSA Eagle

Michael Murawski (Scout Troop 454) performed a city-wide sidewalk/curb-cut survey for the Commission and found 125 violations to the CMR 521 Massachusetts access ability law.

And was awarded his Eagle badge.

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BSA Eagle Eagle Scout BSA Eagle

Kevin Murawski (Scout Troop 454) completed his ADA survey of all 172 business on Memorial Drive

And was awarded his Eagle badge.

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Expansion of Eagle Scout Murawski's sidewalk survey to encompass the entire city.

Here is a presentation on his survey.

The results from Mikes survey have been digitized and entered into a database with the corresponding GPS locations. The city Planning Dept. is entering the data into its mapping system for the COD.
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Conducting a census to count the number of disabled in the city and how many scooters and/or wheelchairs there are. Census planning finished. Hope to start data collection soon. If you would like to get a jump on it the FORM IS HERE
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Flag/Light Motorized Wheelchairs Click link to see Flag/Light Project Page
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Closed Captioning of City Council Meetings/TV
(live & recorded) Broadcasts

Fought up to DOJ who said yes & no,
but nothing was done so the battle continues
Still have it on the side but haven't put it all the way to the back burner, YET. Working on presentation which includes the school system. Have enlisted help from an UMass education researcher to expand scope of project. Working on automated web presentation. Computer narrated with animations.
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Accessibility Friendly

Accessibility ADA survey of businesses to find those that are in ADA compliance or working to become accessible friendly to the disabled.
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Service Animals

Educate the public on Federal and State ADA regulations.
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