Disability Commission

About the Commission

Created by the Administrative Code & State law reference: MGL c. 40, § 8J


There shall be a Disability Commission consisting of nine members. A 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 shall be the liaison to the commission.

 Authorities and Responsibilities

The commission shall research local problems of people with disabilities; advise and assist municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities; coordinate and/or carry out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability; review and make 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 coordinate activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.

The Disability Commission is an advisory multiple-member body of the City.

Meeting Schedule

The Disability Commission meetings are open to the public. The commission generally meets once a month on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM at the Office of Planning & Sustainability, 210 Main Street (Second Floor, City Hall), Northampton, MA 01060. To view upcoming and past agendas click the links below:

Agenda & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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


Current voting members of the committee.
  • Gene Page, Chair
  • City Councilor Marianne LaBarge, Vice-Chair
  • James Winston
  • Emma Cornwell
  • Linda L. Kakos
  • Jeremy Dubs
  • Rodney Kunath
  • Michal C. Morton
  • Marilyn E. Clare

ADA Anniversary Celebration Display

The photograph below is from the ADA Anniversary Display in the front lobby of the Forbes Library.

Read an editorial article in the New York Times

ADA Anniversary Celebration Exhibit at Forbes Library

Mayor David Narkewicz presents the Northampton Disability Commission with an ADA Proclamation at the July 9th City Council Meeting. Accepting the proclamation are (l-r) Mayor Narkewicz, James Winston, Tori Eklund, Chair, and Ruth McGrath

Mayor David Narkewicz presents the Northampton Disability Commission with an ADA Proclamation

  1. Information from COD
  2. COD Meeting Videos
  3. Proclamations for COD