Philadelphia, October 31, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed an executive order re-establishing the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities during the 18th annual Access Achievement Awards Brunch. The Mayor also declared Friday, October 31st Access Achievement Day for People with Disabilities in Philadelphia by a proclamation. The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities was originally established by Mayor W. Wilson Goode in 1986.
“People with disabilities are an important part of our community, and the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities works to ensure that every Philadelphian has the opportunity to live a full and productive life,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank the Commission and all of the Access Achievement Awardees for the work they do every day to support the community of people with disabilities in Philadelphia.”
The Commission presented Access Achievement Awards to area businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding efforts to improve and increase access for persons with disabilities throughout the Philadelphia region. In addition, the Commission awarded ten $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities that demonstrate the potential to become future leaders in Philadelphia.
The 13-member Commission is charged with advising the Administration on policy and programming for people with disabilities, including protecting and promoting equal rights, improving communication, accessibility and coordination of services and supporting self-advocacy, self-awareness and independence. The Commission Executive Director is Charles W. Horton Jr.
For more information on the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities visit: www.phila.gov/mcpd/.