WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport’s Commission on People with Disabilities, with the help of First Selectman Jim Marpe, is seeking Westport residents to serve on the panel.
The newly established commission’s mission is to ensure 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. Possible candidates include self-advocates, caregivers, parents, family members, professionals serving the disability community and other residents with a desire to educate and advocate for people with disabilities in Westport.
Commission goals include creating a forum for community members to:
- Increase awareness about issues and opportunities affecting people with disabilities.
- Advise town officials on policies, procedures, programs and services (including facilities).
- Provide information and guidance to individuals, businesses and organizations on matters related to disabilities.
- Foster and promote a community dialogue with businesses, community organizations, clubs and associations.
- Engage people with disabilities and their families, encouraging them to participate in town government and planning.
The Commission on People with Disabilities will consist of seven members serving two-year terms renewable to a maximum of eight years or four two-year terms. Applicants must be registered voters in Westport. It is expected that the commission will meet during the workweek on a monthly basis beginning this fall.
Dates and times for meetings will be announced at a later date, with the expectation of regular attendance and about three to four hours per month of commission-related work as the new commission establishes its focus. The commission will be supported by the town’s professional Human Services Department staff.
Questions about the commission and letters of interest may be directed to Elaine Daignault, assistant director of human services, at 203-341-1165 or Elained@westportct.gov.