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Ordinance - Code Book Chapter II, Article 2
Part D

Sec. 2-81. Establishment.
There is hereby established a commission for persons with disabilities, which shall monitor and assess the needs and affairs of persons with disabilities within the town.
(Ord. No. 08-01, § 1, 7-10-2001)

Sec. 2-82. Membership and terms.
(a) The commission for persons with disabilities shall consist of five (5) members all
of whom shall be legal residents and electors of the town. At least two (2) members of the commission shall be persons with disabilities or representatives of a recognized, established, nonprofit group whose primary goals are compatible with the intent of this part.
(b) On or before February 1, 2006, the town council shall appoint two (2) members to the commission for terms of three (3) years each, two (2) members for terms of two (2) years each, and one (1) member for a term of one (1) year. Thereafter, all members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years each.
(Ord. No. 08-01, § 2, 7-10-2001; Ord. 08-05, 9-6-2005)

Sec. 2-83. Purposes and responsibilities.
The commission for persons with disabilities shall have the following purposes and
(1) To foster understanding, respect, and involvement of persons with disabilities
within the town;
(2) To encourage participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of
community life;
(3) To continuously study and analyze the needs of persons with disabilities in order
to ascertain, evaluate and where appropriate propose innovative approaches to their changing needs;
(4) To receive and refer complaints of discrimination to the proper agency having jurisdiction in the particular matter;
(5) To recommend to the town council such programs or ordinances as it may deem necessary to deal with existing or potential discrimination problems and to report
to the council, from time to time, on the efficacy of such programs or ordinances; (6) To ensure persons with disabilities equal access to town resources, facilities,
programs and development through consultation and participation in planning and making recommendations for action;
(7) To serve as an advisory board to the town for the enforcement of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and to assist the town with meeting its responsibilities for residents with disabilities;
(8) To provide educational programs for town and board of education employees
regarding working with persons with disabilities;
(9) To identify and apply for alternative funding sources such as state, federal and
other grants available to assist persons with disabilities;
(10)To expend funds allocated to the commission as part of the town's annual budget
process and any other funds that are made available to it;
(11)To disseminate information regarding events and activities for persons with
disabilities; and
(12)To perform such other functions as directed by the town council.
(Ord. No. 08-01, § 3, 7-10-2001)

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