Disability Commission

About the Commission

Created by the Administrative Code & State law reference: MGL c. 40, § 8J, the Disability Commission consists of nine members. As established by code, "the majority of commission members shall consist of people with disabilities; one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability, and one member of said commission shall be an elected official." The City’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, housed in the Office of Planning & Sustainability, staffs the Commission. The Commission is an advisory body of the City.

Authorities and Responsibilities

The commission researches local problems of people with disabilities; advises and assists municipal officials in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; coordinates and/or carries out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability; reviews and makes recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards, and agencies of the City of Northampton as they affect people with disabilities; provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disabilities, and coordinates activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.

On October 2, 2020, Mayor David J. Narkewicz approved the ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan and Section 504 Plan. This major update to the city's last transition plan could not have been done without the input, advocacy, and expertise of the Disability Commission. This document is a renewal to the city's commitment to ensuring that there is equal access to all of the city's programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. This plan will also be used to apply for future Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) grants.

More information on the ADA, accessibility projects throughout the city, and resources available can be found on the City's ADA & Accessibility page.

Meeting Schedule

The Disability Commission generally meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 PM over Zoom. The link to the meeting will be on each agenda when it is posted, usually five days before meeting. See the "View All Agendas and Minutes" link below. All meetings are open to the public.

Agenda & Minutes

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes (PDF)

Recordings of Meetings


Current voting members of the committee:

  • Jeremy Macomber-Dubs, Chair
    Term ends June 2024
  • Emma Cornwell, Vice-Chair
    Term ends June 2025
  • Marianne LaBarge, City Councilor
  • Linda L. Kakos
    Term ends June 2024
  • Rodney Kunath
    Term ends June 2025
  • Michael C. Morton
    Term ends June 2025
  • Marilyn E. Clare
    Term ends June 2025
  • Kathy Murri
    Term ends June 2026
  • Amy Sugihara
    Term ends June 2025