Commission Charter

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Sec. 2-89. Westport Commission on People with Disabilities established; purpose.

a) Established. The Westport Commission on People with Disabilities is hereby established for the purpose of ensuring that Westport is a town where people with disabilities have the opportunity and support to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, inclusion and self-determination.

b) Membership and Terms. The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the First Selectman.  At least three (3) members shall be people with disabilities, or relatives of people with disabilities, or members(s) of a recognized, established, non-profit group whose primary goals are compatible with the intent of this Section.  Three (3) members shall be appointed to serve an initial term until November 22, 2016 and four (4) members shall be appointed to serve an initial term until November 21, 2017. Except for the original appointments, all subsequent appointments shall be for a term of two (2) years and until their successors are appointed and have taken office.

c) Powers and Duties. The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

(1) To advise Town officials on policies, procedures, programs and services (including facilities) that affect the varied needs of people with disabilities and which may strengthen the Town’s ability to respond to such needs.
(2) To provide information to individuals, businesses and organizations on matters related to disability in order to promote public awareness and understanding of the needs of people with disabilities.
(3) To foster and promote a community dialogue regarding issues and opportunities involving people with disabilities with businesses, community organizations, clubs and associations.
(4) To increase awareness about issues and opportunities affecting people with disabilities.
(5) To engage people with disabilities and their families, encouraging them to participate in Town government and planning.