Westport Mulls Commission On Disabilities

Yesterday (Sunday, July 26) marked the 25 anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

You may have missed it. If you’re non-disabled, you probably never think of it. If you have a disability, you may have been out on a glorious Westport day. Perhaps you were at the beach or Longshore, or enjoyed a night at the Levitt — all easily accessible for everyone.

As a town, Westport has enabled access, supported transportation and provided programs and services that promote inclusion for people with disabilities.

When the beach wheelchair was delivered 10 years ago, then-Parks & Rec director Stuart McCarthy gave Rotary president Irwin Lebish a ride.

When a new beach wheelchair was delivered 3 years ago, then-Parks & Rec director Stuart McCarthy gave Rotary president Irwin Lebish a ride.

Now, the town hopes to do more.

First Selectman Jim Marpe, and a steering committee headed by Barbara Butler (director of Westport Human Services) and Jim Ross (chair of the Westport Citizens Transit Committee) are considering a proposal to create a permanent Westport Commission on People with Disabilities.

The group would serve as a resource for people with disabilities and their families, as well as offer guidance to town officials on the development of programs and policies enabling residents to participate fully in community life.

The steering committee has created a short survey, seeking feedback on the initiative. They ask all “06880” readers to click here to participate.

4 responses to “Westport Mulls Commission On Disabilities

  1. Sharon Paulsen

    Great idea, and I just did the survey!

  2. Jan van Arsdale

    I totally support this great idea and thank the members of the committee for their hard work on this important issue. Thank you!

  3. Pradiv Mahesh

    Great initiative and appreciate the hard work from all involved. The group would be a great resource for Westport.
    BTW, the survey is brief.

  4. Gene Cederbaum

    Westporters with disabilities form an important constituency deserving of an ongoing Town agency to monitor their needs and concerns. I support The creation of an agency for this purpose.