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Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
Overview
The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities acts in an advisory capacity to the Mayor on issues relating to increasing public understanding and the inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. The Advisory Committee works toward the elimination of attitudinal and architectural barriers and acts as a liaison between city government and other agencies and services, acting as advocates for people with disabilities and making recommendations to the Common Council as it may deem advisable.
Mayor's 9/26/2012 communication to the council


Next Meeting:  
December 14, 2016, 3:00 PM, 
Common Council Chamber, City Hall


Members

Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Chairman
Michael Hellman
Harriet Lowell
Elizabeth Mark
Gilbert Mercurio
Matthew Ravick
Paul Schwarz
Lisa Tarricone
Commissioner of Building
Commissioner of Public Works



Committee News

Intl Symbol of Access
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and White Plains Community Media have produced a PSA on accessible parking. The PSA serves as both a reminder and an educational and awareness tool for the public about the do's and don'ts of accessible parking. 

View our 
Public Service Announcement on Accessible Parking





Assistive Listening Device
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, once again working with White Plains Community Media, has been able to secure Assistive Listening Devices for use in the Common Council Chamber for those who are hearing impaired. The devices will be available for use during Common Council Meetings and Planning Board meetings. 



Special Needs RegistryIf you, or someone you know, might require additional assistance to leave home during an emergency, consider registering with the Westchester County Special Needs Registry. The registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. The database will be provided to local municipalities, such as White Plains, to use in their emergency planning efforts.





ADA 25Two Committee members, Lisa Tarricone and Liz Mark, co-chaired a special event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This event, ADA 25: Yesterday Today Tomorrow, was held on July 23, 2015 at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains to a packed audience. The keynote speaker was Richard Manley, former Director of Westchester County Office for the Disabled, and the event featured the premier screening of a short film by Chazz Menendez. The film features interviews with a dozen disabled residents of Westchester, who discuss how the ADA has impacted their lives and the challenges that still need to be addressed. The film is moving, thought-provoking, and inspirational. We invite you to view this film and share it with others. Kudos and thanks to Lisa and Liz for organizing this wonderful event. 



Community Build Projects

In furtherance of its mission, the committee has organized community build projects to assist not-for-profits and community-serving organizations in making their establishments more accessible to those with disabilities.

The committee’s first build was held on May 18, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 130 South Lexington Avenue in White Plains. Volunteers and committee members worked on the first phase of converting an unused room into a wheelchair accessible bathroom as well as other accessibility issues.The committee completed its build at Trinity on October 25, 2014. Volunteer New York and Home Depot assisted the committee in the construction of a new accessible bathroom for the church. 

Please check back for the latest information on upcoming community build projects. If you are interested in participating in our community builds, please contact committee chair, Jeremiah Frei-Pearson at

Check out some photos of committee events and activities. 

Awareness Raising Efforts
In 2014, as part of its awareness-raising efforts, the Advisory Committee partnered with the White Plains Youth Bureau to sponsor seven presentations to White Plains Youth about inclusion and recognizing strengths that are often created by disabilities (http://www.justcallmegeri.com).  These presentations featured Westchester native Geri Mariano talking to local youths about her life and experiences.  Ms. Mariano was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a condition that affects bone and cartilage, resulting in dramatically short stature and many physical and social challenges.  These disabilities do not define Ms. Mariano, who has a Master's degree and a gift for connecting with children (and people of all ages) and communicating the value of inclusion and compassion.  Children in the Youth Bureau's after-school program participated.     

Services for Residents
The White Plains Public Library offers homebound library services for White Plains residents. Click on the link to find out how to let the Library come to you.

Westchester County ParaTransit is now taking reservations through an Online Reservation System in addition to the current phone system.


Resources
10 County Center Road, 2nd floor 
White Plains, NY 10607 
(914) 682-3926 
www.wilc.org
www.mowwp.org

www.aipwhiteplains.org
227 Martine Avenue Suite 230
White Plains, NY  10601
(914) 358-5613
www.heartsong.org

984 North Broadway, Suite LL-10
Yonkers, NY 10701
(914) 968-4717
www.wdom.org

265 Saw Mill River Road Hawthorne, NY 10532 (914) 949-9300 www.arcwestchester.org

611 Granite Springs Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-4024
www.guidingeyes.org

Michaelian Office Building
148 Martine Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2957
www.disabled.westchestergov.com

        845 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
        (914) 761-0600
        www.wjcs.com