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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 686-2798
Koert Wehberg received his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2008 with a certificate in Disability Law and Policy. After law school, he received a prestigious two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship—allowing him to represent low-income people of color with disabilities in general accessibility, fair housing, and employment discrimination matters in New York City at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Koert stayed at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest as a staff attorney through 2011, when he moved to Philadelphia and joined Disability Rights Pennsylvania. In his position with Disability Rights Pennsylvania, Koert represented children and adults with disabilities in special education, employment, and other disability discrimination matters.