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Mark D. Boughton, Mayor
City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities
John Gentile, Chairman 
March 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For more information contact: Annie Dance, Commissioner & Secretary
People First: Communicating with and about people with disAbilities
Danbury, Connecticut - People first language is used to speak appropriately and respectfully about an individual with a disability. "Most Americans will experience a disability some time during the course of their lives. It's important to remember that some disAbilities may be hidden or not easy to see and disAbilities can affect people in different ways, even when one person has the same type of disAbility as another person." said John Gentile, Chairman. People first language emphasizes the person first not the disAbility. Here are suggestions on how to communicate with and about people with disAbilities.

People with disAbilities constitute our nation’s largest minority group, which is simultaneously the most inclusive and the most diverse. Everyone is represented: all genders, all ages, all religions, all socioeconomic levels and all ethnic backgrounds. The disAbility community is the only minority group that anyone can join at any time.
Join us as we prepare to celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In February we celebrated AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month and American Heart Month. 

Did you know? According to the CDC, about 50 million Americans report having a disability. 
Seeking Advisor for People First of Connecticut Danbury Chapter
 
Commissioner Chad Sinanian is the past President, and Quentin Hughes III is the current President of People First of CT's Danbury Chapter. There are over 30 members of the Chapter. They need help to organize and plan monthly meetings, schedule guest speakers, schedule restaurant outings and plan yearly activities. Past meetings have been held at Ability Beyond Disability. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming the advisor please contact Chad.
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About the City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities 
Commission for Persons with disAbilities members: John Gentile, Chairman, Annie Dance, Secretary, Rose Marie BouclierPaul KachevskyJoanne LaPorta, Bill LewisJohn NeumullerBobby Perez, Frank ReedFrances Ryan, and Chad Sinanian

We work to put the "A" in ability - the Commission has many goals including focusing on the Abilities of those with disAbilties. The Commission was established to advise the Mayor and the Common Council of the needs of persons with disAbilities within the community with relation to housing, economics, employment, transportation, health, recreation and other matters. Meetings are held at City Hall, on the 3rd floor, at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. There are no meetings held in July and August. 
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City of Danbury Code of Ordinances
Sec. 2-56.13. Commission for persons with disabilities--Created, purpose.
(a) There is hereby created and established a commission to be known as the Danbury Commission for Persons with Disabilities. The commission shall at its primary purpose advise the mayor and the common council of the needs of people with disabilities within the community with relation to housing, employment, transportation, economics, health, recreation and other relevant matters. The commission shall, in addition, recommend to the mayor and the common council ways in which programs and services offered by the City of Danbury may be made more accessible to people with disabilities and in which obstacles hindering employment and enjoyment of programs and services may be eliminated.
(b) The commission shall also serve as a compliance committee for the purposes of hearing grievances and complaints brought by persons pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act. The committee shall hold hearings and render decisions regarding participation in and access to public facilities, services, activities and functions by persons with disabilities in accordance with such procedures and regulations as may be established pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
(Ord. No. 291, 12-7-82; Ord. No. 387, 4-3-90; Ord. No. 518, 10-1-96) Cross references: Commission on equal rights and opportunities,§ 2-54; handicapped parking,§ 19-35.
 
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City of Danbury, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810

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