The Commission on Disability works on projects to improve access for persons with disabilities, such as our financial support of accessible playground equipment at the elementary schools. The commission also:

  • Responds to requests for our opinion regarding variance requests submitted to the Building Department which are referred to us by the Architectural Access Board as part of the permitting process.
  • Conducts access site surveys on behalf of the Architectural Access Board and/or at the planning stage of new construction or a major renovation of a public building or a public property, such as the High School athletic fields.
  • Serves as a contact and advocate for Town residents who have a disability related question or complaint.
  • Provides information and referral services about disability issues to residents.
  • Operates the Handicapped Parking Patrol and managing the revenues derived from the fines generated from violating handicapped parking laws in Dedham.
  • Raises awareness of disability issues among Town Officials and residents.

Members

The Commission on Disability has up to nine members who are appointed by the Town Manager.  A majority of the members must have a disability, or have a family member with a disability.  One member must be a Town Official. Remaining members must share an interest in making Dedham more accessible. Current members include: 

NAME  ROLE
 John Tocci Co-chair
 Mac Sterling Co-chair
 Kenneth Cimeno Treasurer and
Town Official
 Vicky Berg  Member
 Martha Brown  Member
 Ellen Conway  Member
 Kaylee DeFazio  Member
 Becky Hurst  Member
 Charles Papsadore Jr.  Member
 Tricia Whitehouse  Member

Contact

Town boards and committees are staffed by volunteers who may not be available during business hours. If you need a response during business hours, please contact the Building Department.

Meetings

The Commission on Disability meets once a month in the library room of the Endicott Estate at 656 East Street. Transportation is available to our meetings; please contact the Building Department.

Public meeting dates and times are posted at Town Hall and the Dedham Public Library at least 48 hours before each meeting in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Meeting agendas will also be posted on this website.