The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) is part of the Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs. CCPD was established in 1979 to serve as a resource in the Cambridge community to address access, equal rights, and other issues of concern to people with disabilities.
What The Commission Does:
- provides information, referral, coordination, and technical assistance to public and private entities interested in providing access to persons with disabilities.
- responds to the concerns of Cambridge residents with disabilities.
- works in conjunction with all City departments to address the concerns and needs of persons with disabilities.
- strives for adoption and implementation of equal status legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- promotes a more accessible community for people with disabilities by advancing universal design and barrier removal activities.
- runs the City’s temporary handicap parking permit program and co-administers (with the Council on Aging) the Cambridge Taxi Discount Program.
- provides disability awareness training to City departments and private entities on disability issues.
- the CCPD board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss disability policies, recommend improvements, and to report on progress of existing programs.
Volunteers who are 15 or older, able to work autonomously, and are willing to make a 5 hour/week commitment for 3-6 months are needed in either the Commission’s Office or in the Cambridge Access Program.
The Commission’s office can often use volunteers to provide assistance with clerical and word processing duties and/or in the handling of applications for disabled parking and taxi discount programs. There is also the opportunity for those interested, to assist with accessibility surveys of private businesses.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
For more information about possible volunteer needs phone: (617) 349-6297 or 617-349-4692