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This report was submitted to the City of Somerville, MA in December, 2005. Written by a human rights activist who focuses on disAbility rights issues, this report particularly focused on developing ideas to help the City of Somerville respond to the needs of low-income individuals with disAbilities in Somerville, MA- who constitute approximately 20% of the city's population- and over 33% of the low-income community of Somerville.
The Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) unanimously voted to submit this as a Commission-vetted product before it was hand-delivered and emailed to mayor Curtatone, the Office of Community Development and Sponsored Programs, and many other municipal Department directors, subrecipient non-profits throughout Somerville, and several other Commissions, iin the week of December 15, 2005.
2011: This municipality's disAbility access and inclusion gaps persist. The only choice open to activists is to submit State and federal complaints until the city's leadership begins to understand and acknowledge that people with disAbilities have legitimate, equal rights- and abilities.