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Article 11 of Bedford’s 2019 Annual Town Meeting unanimously voted to establish a Commission on Disability, and now seeks potential Commission members.

According to a post on the Town’s website, the Commission will advise and assist municipal officials in ensuring compliance with federal and state disability laws; review policies and activities of municipal departments and public bodies as they affect persons with disabilities; provide information, referral, advocacy and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability; and coordinate the activities of other local groups organized to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40 Section 8J, stipulates the composition of the Commission. More than 50% of the membership should be people with disabilities. Therefore, in choosing the membership interested in serving on that Commission, we are asking for people to voluntarily identify as a person with a disability so we ensure that we meet that mandate. Please be advised, we are not looking for a specific disability, a simple “Yes I am a person with a disability” or “No, I am not a person with a disability” will be sufficient.

Click this link to view/print/download the application form.

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