Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Serving Citizens with Disabilities
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The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) was created in 1993 by city ordinance, three years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The mission of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is to serve as the primary advocate for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities. The Office also serves as a liaison between the mayor, city council, city departments and other public and private entities on matters pertaining to people with disabilities in Houston. MOPD's vision is a city where everyone understands the importance of equal participation and full inclusion of all citizens, including citizens with disabilities. MOPD is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods.
We accomplish this mission by providing and participating in programs and services which address the needs and rights of citizens with disabilities, including:
- Facilitating delivery of services - including city services
- Acting as liaison to Houston Commission on Disabilities (HCoD), City Council and other City Departments
- Making recommendations to public and private entities regarding the development of policy and legislation
- Establishing fundamental local, state and national partnerships to promote community awareness
- Administering, developing new, and participating in programs and services according to our mission
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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.
- Mayor Parker Presents Disability Advocate of the Year Awards 2013
- 2014 Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards Page
Free Visual Fire Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Register for a free visual fire alarm now. Free visual fire alarms are made possible through the City of Houston Fire Department, the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Free Legal Service for People with Disabilities
South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic (STCL) - First Come, First Served! The (STCL) to provide free legal assistance to anyone in need. STCL will conduct intakes and screenings for new cases at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center.
- STCL "Assistance with Legal Issues" Flyer (.pdf)
- STCL / MOPD 2014 Assistance Dates Flyer (.pdf, English)
- STCL / MOPD 2014 Assistance Dates Flyer (.pdf, Spanish)
Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program Info on Houston Volunteer Lawyer Program (.pdf) – Registration is required, please. Volunteer attorneys from LyondellBasell will provide free, individual legal advice (15-20) minutes per person in several areas.
Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities
1475 West Gray, Box #10
Houston, TX 77019
E-Mail the MOPD at firstname.lastname@example.org
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New MOPD Manager Named
February 19, 2014 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the selection of Jay Stiteley as the new manager of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. MOPD is the City's primary advocate for the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities. The office serves as a liaison between City officials and public and private entities on matters pertaining to the disability community.
iCanConnect: Apply Now!
iCanConnect promotes the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), a federally funded program that seeks to get technology into the hands of Americans with combined hearing and vision loss. Braille devices, computers, mobile devices, phones, and signalers are provided for FREE to those who qualify.
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View the Flyer in .pdf (Spanish)
MOPD administers the Pedestrian Accessibility Review (PAR) component of the City’s Safe Sidewalk Program housed in PWE. Sidewalks and curb cuts/ramps are provided to improve sidewalk accessibility for people with disabilities.
PAR Process and Application ...
Accessible Parking Enforcement Training Program
The City of Houston Parking Management and Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities is looking for individuals to participate in the Accessible Parking Enforcement Program.
With the help of citizens like you, Parking Management is better able to ensure accessible parking space availability to those who need it most.
2014 Training Schedule (.pdf)
Parking Management Website ...
Citizens on Patrol ...
Calendar of Events
Tell Us About Your Experience
- MOPD Survey (.html)