A number of accessibility-related information and information

Did you know already?

… If you or a household member need life support devices, register with Eversource as a “customer who maintains life support devices”. While Eversource cannot guarantee an uninterruptible power supply, it does help prevent or minimize accidental blackouts due to maintenance and repair work. To learn more and what documentation to provide, contact Eversource at 800-592-9000.

… If you or a household member with a disability needs additional assistance in an emergency, fill out the 911 disability notification form so the city’s emergency services staff know how to help.

… The city has two portable ramps that are temporarily available to residents. One is 3 feet long and one is 6 feet long. Contact ADA coordinator Sarah Kaplan at [email protected] or 617-730-2329 if you need to borrow a ramp.

Spotlight organization

Brookline’s parents, Dawn and Justin Oates, founded The Play Brigade when their family discovered that many local playgrounds weren’t equipped to allow their mobility-impaired daughter, Harper, to play with her siblings and friends. They work with local authorities and organizations to ensure that inclusion is a high priority in the planning, design and implementation of indoor and outdoor playgrounds. To learn more or to get involved, visit https://www.playbrigade.com.

News and events

BCOD display in the main library

To celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and showcase the history and inclusion of disabilities, BCOD has organized an exhibit in the main library. Definitely visit!

Join the diverse and integrative business directory

The Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the Brookline Economic Development and Long-Term Planning Division are taking steps to better serve the businesses in our community. The Diverse and Inclusive Business Directory will highlight Brookline’s diverse and inclusive independent business community. This directory will be available to the public in January 2022. You must be a Brookline company to be inducted. This directory will also include accessible and inclusive businesses by highlighting physical access and any accessible services offered – for example voice access and roadside delivery and / or collection. To find out more or to add your company to the 2022 directory by October 15, 2021, please visit: https://www.brooklinema.gov/1981/Diverse-and-Inclusive-Business-Directory

More:Access Brookline: July selection of accessible news, events and information

New perspective

“I will never forget our first restaurant meal in spring 2019 after our son, who is now a wheelchair user due to a spinal cord injury, was released from Spaulding rehab. The Barcelona Wine Bar on Beacon Street welcomed us with a smile, wide doors, and spacious, soft rolls at tables that were easy to pull under. We had a festive, delicious meal with family and friends and were happy to see another bright young person in a wheelchair a few tables away. We have been back many times since then! ” – Abby S, Emerson Street.

Join us!

BCOD meets monthly, usually on the second Wednesday at 5.30 p.m. The public is always welcome! Check the city calendar 48 hours in advance for the agenda and information on how to attend: www.brooklinema.gov/calendar.aspx.

Brookline Access is filed by the Brookline Commission on Disability (BCOD). More information can be found at https://www.brooklinema.gov/512/Brookline-Commission-on-Disability.

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