[Adopted 9-23-1986; amended in its entirety 6-28-1994]
There is hereby established a permanent Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities effective September 23, 1986.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
- Anyone who:
The Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities shall be appointed by the Town Council and shall consist of 11 residents of the Town, at least four of whom shall be persons with disabilities or a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability, and four additional persons who are knowledgeable in the problems of persons with disabilities. Of the members first appointed, three shall serve until December 31, 1987; four shall serve until December 31, 1988; and four shall serve until December 31, 1989. Thereafter, each succeeding member shall be appointed for a term of three years.
The Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities shall, at its first meeting following the effective date of its appointment and annually thereafter, elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among its members and such other officers as the Commission may determine.
The Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities shall meet at least quarterannually and at such other times as the Commission shall determine. The Commission may adopt its own rules of procedure consistent with the provisions of this article.
The Town Manager shall designate one or more representatives from his or her office or other appropriate department as liaison with the Advisory Commission for the purposes of coordination. The Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities, through its Chairperson or, in the absence of its Chairperson, through its Vice Chairperson, may request from the designated liaison such information as it may require and such clerical or other assistance as may be reasonably available and necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities under the provisions of this article. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
The purposes of the Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities shall be to improve public awareness and understanding of the special needs, as well as the rights, of persons with disabilities; to assure the commitment of the Town and the community that every person, regardless of handicap or other disability, shall have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential and participate as fully as possible in the life of the community; and to encourage the elimination of barriers of every kind which stand in the way of persons with disabilities living and working in the community.
The Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities makes recommendations to the Town Council and Town Manager and the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools concerning the needs of persons with disabilities living and working in West Hartford, including but not limited to education, training, employment, housing, transportation, recreation, accessibility and public awareness. The Commission may also participate in programs to encourage public awareness and understanding of the needs and rights of persons with disabilities. The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall, at least annually, report to the Town Council on its activities.