Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Houston Commission on Disabilities

OVERVIEW
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 14 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.

PURPOSE
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 Members


Michael Cottingham   Ricky Harris

Ann M. Bacon   Daquan Minor

Sashikala Nisankarao   Monique Mason

AJ Morton   Amie Jean

Mary Sias   Meredith Silcox

Lydia Nunez Landry   Michaela Cueto

Osvaldo Capmany   Vacant

Marshall Watson   Angel Ponce


List of Committees


BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOUSTON COMMISSION ON DISABILITIES (HCOD) – Seated commissioners select committees they want to serve on that best fit their expertise and interests. Additional members of HCOD committees are drawn from community leaders, advocates and individuals who make a difference in the lives of individuals who cannot always speak for themselves and of those who can.

Serving on one or more of the HCOD committees will provide you the experience of service with the HCOD and help us make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities. Below is a list of the committees that you can join as a member of the public. Your volunteerism and effort on these committees will help the HCOD function in the best possible way to assist people with all disabilities in the City of Houston.

  • Community Access, Transition, and Housing
  • Emergency Preparedness, Response, and First Responder Training
  • Employment and Transition to Employment
  • Education
  • Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Planning, Membership, and Community Engagement

Tentative 2024 Meeting Schedule


Houston Commission on Disabilities meets on the second Thursday of every month, from 4PM-6PM. Meetings are held in person at Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024. There is always an opportunity for public statements from the audience.

2024 Meeting Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 11
  • Thursday, February 15
  • Thursday, March 14 (No Public Meeting, Annual Commission Orientation)
  • Thursday, April 11
  • Thursday, May 9
  • Thursday, June 13
  • Thursday, July 11 (No Meeting)
  • Thursday, August 8
  • Thursday, September 12
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday, November 14
  • Thursday, December 12 (No Meeting)
  • Thursday, December 12

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 mopdmail@houstontx.gov to make the request 48 hours prior to the start of the posted meeting time.