What we do
The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities houses the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities and the Office of ADA Compliance. Both offices work to make Philadelphia a better place for people with disabilities.
The Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities:
- Advocates for policies, programs, and systemic changes that maximize independence and community integration for Philadelphians with disabilities.
- Provides resources and referrals to local organizations that support residents with disabilities.
- Educates the community on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and other laws that protect the civil rights of people with disabilities.
The Office of ADA Compliance:
- Writes policies and procedures, and develops resources to ensure equal access to City-provided services, programs, and activities for people with disabilities.
- Educates employees and City entities on disability-related laws.
- Oversees the Philadelphia transition plan and structural access within City buildings.
- Responds to grievances from residents with disabilities who feel discriminated against.
Together, these two offices help ensure those with disabilities have equal and equitable access to:
- Employment opportunities.
- Accessible and affordable housing.
- Elementary and secondary education.
- Health care.
- Recreation, arts, and culture.
- Government services and buildings.