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 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 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, Houston, TX 77019.

Currently, all HCOD meetings will be held virtually using the ZOOM platform. You can register to attend the virtual meeting and give public comment (up to 3 minutes) at

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 Amanda Boyd at email to make the request. This needs to be completed 48 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


Michael Cottingham -- Position 1
Ricky Harris -- Position 2 / Vice Chair
Ann M. Bacon -- Position 3
Daquan Minor -- Position 4
Sashikala Nisankarao -- Position 5
Monique Mason -- Position 6
AJ Morton -- Position 7
VACANT -- Position 8
Mary Sias-- Position 9
Meridith Silcox -- Position 10, Chair
Lydia Nunez Landry -- Position 11
Michaela Cueto -- Position 12
Osvaldo Capmany – Position 13
Alexis Smith – Position 14
Marshall Watson -- ADA Coordinator and Ex-Officio Member
Angel Ponce -- MOPD Director and Ex-Officio Member

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