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Promoting Access and Accommodation to Persons with disAbilities in the City of Danbury award presented to HARTransit 

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Mark D. Boughton, Mayor
City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities
John Gentile, Chairman 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
For more information contact: Annie Dance, Commissioner & Secretary
Promoting Access and Accommodation to Persons with disAbilities in the City of Danbury award presented to HARTransit 
From left to right: John Gentile, Chairman, Commission for Persons with disAbilities; Andrew Wetmore (R), Councilman at Large; Eric Bergstraesser, CEO, HARTransit; Mark D. Boughton, Mayor; Robert Hoburg, Chairman of the Board, HARTransit; Rick Schreiner, Director of Service Development, HARTransit; Robert Yastremski, Operations Manager, HARTransit; Frank Reed, Commissioner, Commission for Persons with disAbilities; Joanne LaPorta, Commissioner, Commission for Persons with disAbilities
Danbury, Connecticut - Mayor Mark D. Boughton and John Gentile, Chairman of the City of Danbury’s Commission for Persons with disAbilities, presented an award to HARTransit at their office at 62 Federal Road in Danbury on Friday April 25. The award is titled Promoting Access and Accommodation to Persons with disAbilities in the City of Danbury. "We are pleased to present this award to recognize HART for their efforts to provide and promote access and accommodation to people with disAbilities," John Gentile said. Eric Bergstraesser, CEO of HARTransit accepted the award, along with Rick Schreiner, Director of Service Development. 

Andrew Wetmore, Councilman at Large, City of Danbury and Commission members Annie Dance, Joanne LaPorta and Frank Reed were on hand to help present the award. Also in attendance were Robert Hoburg, Chairman of the Board, and Robert Yastremski, Operations Manager of HARTransit.
 
HARTransit offers SweetHART, a transportation service that consists of two types of door-to-door service. SweetHART Dial-A-Ride service is offered to seniors age 65 or older and persons of any age with a mobility disability. ADA Paratransit service is for individuals of any age with a physical or cognitive disability that prevents them from using the HARTransit CityBus system. Trips that qualify as ADA Paratransit must have origins and destinations that are within the ADA service area, typically 3/4 of a mile of the Citybus system, and occur with the same hours of operation. ADA Paratransit service is available in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield and New Milford. For more details click here

The last award from the Commission honoring a Danbury business was given to the Carousel at the Danbury Fair Mall in September 2013. For details about that award click here. Prior to that, the Commission honored AMC Theatres in Danbury for showing films with low intensity sound and with the lights on for individuals with autism. AMC Theatres also provides FM loops for people who are hearing impaired and have wheelchair accessible ramps and seating.
Andrew Wetmore and John Gentile with the award and a HARTransit trolley in the background
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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John Gentile, Chairman 
Commission for Persons with disAbilities
City of Danbury, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810

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