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Somerville disability commission agenda, april 2008.

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City Solicitor John Gannon and ADA Coordinator Carlene Campbell refused to allow this Somerville Disability Commission meeting to be considered an "official public meeting." Their reason? They claimed that the Commission's bylaws did not allow for Saturday meetings!

This Commission had been meeting on Saturdays every month since November '07, with Campbell in attendance for most of those meetings.

This undue scrutiny was a tactic used by the City of Somerville on at least 3 occasions, to prevent this DisAbility Commission from discussing the Agenda items of "ADA compliance, Self Evaluation, and ADA Transition Planning. "

Therefore,, 2/3rds of the Commission quit in May, 2008 and formed the Community Access Project of Somerville.

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  • TRANSCRIPT OF ABOVE SCANNED DOCUMENT:

    Somerville Commission for Persons with disAbilities
    AGENDA, April 12, 2008, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    at: SCAT Conference Room, 90 Union Square, Union Square
    This meeting will be videotaped.
    A. Introductions 3”
    B. Alderman Tom Taylor, 30”
    C. Constituent issues for ADA Coordinator, 25”
    D. CDBG Project Group formed, 1st meeting scheduled, 12”
    E. Review, Subcommittees, 15”
    F. Announcements 5”
    UN CONVENTION ON RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
    3 April 2008 –The required twentieth country ratified the landmark Convention
    on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today. In a statement issued this past
    weekend, more than 20 UN departments, agencies, programmes, and funds
    pledged their support to implementing the convention. The newly-formed Inter-
    Agency Support Group for the Convention said that support will focus on six
    main areas: policies to support the purpose and objectives of the Convention;
    programmes including international cooperation; capacity-building of Member
    States, civil society, and the UN system; research and access to knowledge on
    disabilities; accessibility; and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with
    Disabilities.
    'It is a historic moment in our quest for realization of the universal human rights
    for ALL persons, creating a fully inclusive society for all… The Convention will
    be a powerful tool to eradicate the obstacle faced by persons with disabilities…
    It is rooted in the firm commitment of the international community to rectifying
    the egregious neglect and dehumanizing practices that violate the human rights
    of persons with disabilities,' said Okabe, pointing to discrimination, segregation
    from society, economic marginalization, and lack of opportunities for
    participation in social, political and economic decision-making processes.
    The Convention is found at:
    http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=104&language_id=1&erc_doc_id=3833&category_id
    =32&category_type=3&group=
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Somerville disability commission agenda, april 2008.

  1. 1. Somerville Commission for Persons with disAbilities AGENDA, April 12, 2008, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at: SCAT Conference Room, 90 Union Square, Union Square This meeting will be videotaped.A. Introductions 3”B. Alderman Tom Taylor, 30”C. Constituent issues for ADA Coordinator, 25”D. CDBG Project Group formed, 1st meeting scheduled, 12”E. Review, Subcommittees, 15”F. Announcements 5” UN CONVENTION ON RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES3 April 2008 –The required twentieth country ratified the landmark Conventionon the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today. In a statement issued this pastweekend, more than 20 UN departments, agencies, programmes, and fundspledged their support to implementing the convention. The newly-formed Inter-Agency Support Group for the Convention said that support will focus on sixmain areas: policies to support the purpose and objectives of the Convention;programmes including international cooperation; capacity-building of MemberStates, civil society, and the UN system; research and access to knowledge ondisabilities; accessibility; and the Committee on the Rights of Persons withDisabilities."It is a historic moment in our quest for realization of the universal human rightsfor ALL persons, creating a fully inclusive society for all… The Convention willbe a powerful tool to eradicate the obstacle faced by persons with disabilities…It is rooted in the firm commitment of the international community to rectifyingthe egregious neglect and dehumanizing practices that violate the human rightsof persons with disabilities," said Okabe, pointing to discrimination, segregationfrom society, economic marginalization, and lack of opportunities forparticipation in social, political and economic decision-making processes.The Convention is found at:http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=104&language_id=1&erc_doc_id=3833&category_id=32&category_type=3&group=

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