Commission on Disabilities
|Diane DeNapoli||Vice Chair||2023|
Chapter 40: Section 8J. Disability Commission; powers and duties; members; terms Section 8J. A city which accepts the provisions of this section by vote of its city council, subject to the provisions of its charter, or a town which accepts the provisions of this section at an annual or special town meeting, may establish a commission on disability, hereinafter called the commission, to cause the full integration and participation of people with disabilities in such city or town.
Such commission shall:
- Collaborate with community leaders, residents, businesses, and organizations to promote awareness related to all forms of disabilities, including cognitive, developmental, and physical impairments.
- Review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards, and agencies of said city or town as they affect people with disabilities.
- Promote full integration of persons with disabilities into the community.
- Provide information and referrals to individuals, businesses, and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability issues.
- Participate in a variety of forums and media events to develop public awareness of persons with disabilities and encourage compliance with the A.D.A.
- Coordinate or carry out programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities in coordination with programs of the MA office on disability
Should you have questions or information you would like to share with the Commission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Arrangements or Needs/ADA Accessibility
If you need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in any Town of Hingham programs, services, activities and/or meetings, please contact the Town’s ADA Coordinator, Assistant Town Administrator of Operations Arthur P. Robert at email@example.com or (781) 741-1451 in sufficient advance of the program, service, activity and/or meeting.
While the Town of Hingham will do its best to accommodate your request, certain accommodations require the hiring of outside contractors who may not be available if requested immediately before the start of the program, service, activity and/or meeting.
Exceptional Needs Information Registry
The Fire and Police Departments seek to serve all the residents of the community with the utmost respect and dignity. The Town of Hingham has created the Exceptional Needs Registry as a method to enable first responders who are called in to assist an individual with unique circumstances.
The two-sided form combines the Massachusetts 911 Disability Indicator form with the Town of Hingham Exceptional Needs form. The information on both sides will remain confidential and will only be accessed if a call to 911 is generated by a telephone number associated with the person listed on the form with a disability. Should you have any questions please feel free to email ExceptionalRegistry@HPD.org.
Local Quick Links
Emergency Preparedness information
- The Ride (MBTA/Uber/Lyft)
- Elder Services
- Hingham Link
- Veterans Transportation Services (VTS)
- Other transportation options
- Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System
- ARC of the South Shore
- Hingham Link Volunteer Services
- ETRUSCO of Scituate
- Road to Responsibility
- South Shore Support Services
- Town of Hingham Accessibility Information
- Accessible South Shore Trails
State and National Quick Links
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Disability Emergency Preparedness
- Office of Disability Employment Policy
- Massachusetts Office on Disability
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV) – Dept. of Massachusetts
- Architectural Access Board
- Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
- Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
- Abilities (Resources for the disabled community)
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Mass Relay
- Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1 800 273 8255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for those with hearing loss
- Patrick O’Connor, State Senator
- Joan Meschino, State Representative
- Stephen Lynch, Congressman
- James Murphy, State Representative