Powers and Duties


The Madison City Disability Advocacy Board is responsible for:

  • Advising the Mayor and City Council on matters affecting the disability community
  • Advising and assisting other City Boards, Commissions, Committees, and City staff on matters affecting persons with disabilities
  • Reviewing City policies, programs, and activities that affect persons with disabilities, including efforts to remove physical and programmatic barriers to access
  • Educating City employees on how to effectively interact with persons with disabilities
  • Serving as a coordinating body for the purpose of disseminating information to people with disabilities
  • Receiving input from citizens on the needs and concerns of the disability community, formulating and recommending solutions to those concerns, and conveying such recommendations to appropriate governmental bodies
  • Commenting on current and pending legislative and/or regulatory issues affecting persons with disabilities
  • Organizing and maintaining working committees, when appropriate, which consist of a minimum of one Board member and may address areas of concern such as:
    • Accessibility
    • Day Program
    • Housing
    • Emergency Services
    • Employment
    • Transportation
    • Recreation
  • Providing and supporting activities that raise public awareness regarding persons with disabilities
  • Creating task forces, as needed, to address specific issues, which will be made up of at least one Board member
  • Actively seeking State, Federal, and private funding to assist the City and surrounding community in improving environmental and community accessibility, transportation, employment and economic development, and other services