Accessibility Working Group

The City recognizes that communities excel when all citizens are able to fully participate in all aspects of community life. In 2012, the City Council created an Advisory Committee on Accessibility for the purpose of assisting and advising the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on ways to increase opportunities for people with disabilities and meet the needs of people with disabilities by encouraging full and equal participation in all aspects of life. This includes the identification and removal of architectural, procedural, programmatic, attitudinal and communication barriers, and strong advocacy for policies, programs and services that meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Reorganization of Accessibility Committee into Accessibility Working Group

In recent years, the Committee worked to identify a specific focus to drive its efforts. Without a clear mission, it remained unclear which Departments should staff the meeting, and what specific projects or initiatives Committee members should address. To remedy both challenges, the Marketplace Department contracted with a consultant on the advice of VCIL to help clarify the Committee’s goals in 2016.

Pursuant to the consultant’s recommendations, the City determined that the best structure for the Accessibility Committee would be as a working group focused specifically on ensuring accessibility in the downtown as the City works on multiple projects in this and the coming construction seasons. The Marketplace Department has taken the lead on managing the committee’s monthly meetings, with support from the Department of Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Waterfront and Clerk/Treasurer’s Office on an as-needed basis.

Read the complete memo detailing the reorganization of the Accessibility Working Group here.

How To Get Involved 

The Accessibility Working Group generally meets every third Wednesday of the month from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at 29 Church Street, unless otherwise specified. There is a public forum at the  beginning of each meeting where any member of the public may speak and bring forward a concern or complaint. The Committee is comprised of City officials and advocates from the disability community to help directly advise the City on improving removing barriers and making policy and program change to advance the accessibility of Burlington for all residents, stakeholders, and visitors. New members are appointed on an ad hoc basis by the Mayor when the term of a serving member expires. The term length is three years with some flexibility. Members commit to attending the monthly meetings and voluntary follow-up between meetings on ongoing initiatives and efforts. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group, please contact Working Group Chair Nate Besio at nbesio@burlingtonvt.gov. If you require any accommodations to fully participate in the meetings or share feedback, please contact the Church Street Marketplace. 
 
Meeting Mintues  (PDFs)
 
 
List of Members
Visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CityCouncil/Public-Board-Members for the list of Members
 

Official Notice of City ADA Compliance and Designation

 

Accessibility Committee 2018 Meeting Calendar

 

All meetings held in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, 29 Church Street. (see directions below).

 

Wednesday

January

17

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

February

21

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

March

21

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

April

18

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

May

16

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

June

20

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

July

18

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

August

15

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

September

19

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

October

17

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

November

21

2018

4-6 PM

Wednesday

December

19

2018

4-6 PM

 

 

DIRECTIONS to the third floor conference room at 29 Church Street (CVS Pharmacy building, corner of Church and Cherry Streets): Enter at 110 Cherry Street (under the big red awning, across from old CCTA bus station).  Take the glass elevator up to the 3rd floor.  Take a right out of the elevator, conference room down the hall on your left.