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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
MEDIA ADVISORY: Tomorrow, Friday April 25, 2014 at 3:30pm
City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities will honor HARTransit with award for access and accommodation to people with disAbilities 
WHAT: HARTransit is being recognized by the City of Danbury’s Commission for Persons with disAbilities, for providing access and accommodation to people with disAbilities. John Gentile, Chairman will present the award to Rick Schreiner from HARTransit.
 
WHO: John Gentile, Chairman, Commission for Persons with disAbilities
Rick Schreiner, Director of Service Development, HARTransit
Eric Bergstraesser, CEO, HARTransit
City of Danbury Commissioners, Board Members from HARTransit, Government officials and members of the media are invited
 
WHEN:  Friday, April 25, 2014 at 3:30pm
 
WHERE: HARTransit, 62 Federal Road Danbury, CT 06810
 
DETAILS: SweetHART is a transportation service provided by HARTransit that consists of two types of door-to-door service. SweetHART Dial-A-Ride service is for seniors age 65 or older and persons of any age with a mobility disability. Dial-A-Ride service is available in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Milford, New Fairfield, Newtown, Ridgefield and Roxbury. Service polices and availability varies by town. SweetHART 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
 
HISTORY: 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
 
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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Commission for Persons with disAbilities
City of Danbury, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810

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