Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Houston Commission on Disabilities
In recognition of the fact that the needs and rights of people with disabilities are of vital concern to the City of Houston, the Houston Commission on Disabilities was created in 1993. The 12 members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor and subject to City Council confirmation. The Executive Director of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and the City's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator are designated by the Mayor to be non-voting ex-officio members.
- The Houston Commission On Disabilities is accepting applications (.docx) for the commission until Close of business on Friday April 15, 2016.
2016 COMMITTEE MEETING DATES
The Houston Commission on Disabilities meets every second Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, and Houston, TX 77019. The 2016 meeting dates are: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.
If you have an accommodations request to participate fully in the meeting proceedings, please contact the MOPD offices either via phone 832 394 0814, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make the request. This needs to be completed 72 hours prior to the start of the posted meeting time.
The Commission is responsible for advising and making recommendations to the mayor, City Council, department directors and the individual designated by the mayor to head the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
HCOD COMMITTEES -- List of HCOD Committees
Mayor's Disability Advocate of the Year Awards
The Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award (MDAYA) seeks to recognize and honor the contributions of advocates who, through their volunteerism in the community, have provided a notable effort towards one or more of the following ... More ...
(Click on each commissioner name for a brief biography)
- Tony Jones -- Position 1
- Louis Maher -- Position 2
- Maria Palacios -- Position 3
- Brandon Bowie -- Position 4
- Beningo Aceves, Jr. -- Position 5
- Cornelius Booker -- Position 6, Chair
- Tina Williams -- Position 7
- Charles LaDay -- Position 8
- Roland Bienvenu -- Position 9
- Monte Osburn -- Position 10
- Eddie R. Jessie -- Position 11
- Shelley Townsend -- Position 12
- Frankie Sims -- Alternate 1
- Lesa Jackson-Lazard -- Alternate 2
- Karen Mayer Cunningham -- Alternate 3
- Elizabeth Delledera -- Alternate 4
- Matt Russell, ADA Coordinator -- Ex-Officio Member
- Jay Stiteley -- Division Manager
HOW TO APPLY FOR HCOD
The City of Houston is accepting applications for consideration of appointment to the Houston Commission on Disabilities. DEADLINE to be considered for August appointments is July 15, 2015.
If interested in applying to this commission, please complete the application below (only available in .doc):
HCOD Monthly Agendas
Houston Commission on Disabilities meets at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston, TX, 77019. The meetings are in the gymnasium, at 4:00 P.M – 6:00 P.M., on the second Thursday of every month. Due to construction the front of the building, parking and access to the building is through the parking lot on the backside of the building. This is reached by the following directions: At West Gray and Waugh proceed south on Waugh, turning right on the first street on the west side (right-hand) of Waugh, this is Haddon street. Locate the first driveway on the right into a parking lot; this is the back parking area for the MMSC. Proceed to the ramp/stairs into the building, turn right on the first hallway and left into the first set of double doors. There is always an opportunity for public statements from the audience.