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Commission on Disabilities


Liana Pasialis


Carolyn Horan

Members of the Commission of Disabilities are Mayoral appointed with City Council confirmation. They have the following responsibilities:

  • Research local problems affecting people with disabilities;
  • Advice and assist municipal officials and employees in ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities;
  • Coordinate and/or implement programs designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities in compliance with programs of the Massachusetts Office on Disability;
  • Review and make recommendations about policies, procedures, services, activities, and facilities of departments, boards, and agencies of Holyoke as they affect people with disabilities;
  • Provide information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance to individuals, public agencies, businesses and organizations in all matters pertaining to disability; and
  • Coordinate activities of other local groups organized for similar purposes.

This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to serve our community. If you are interested in applying to sit on this Commission, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to the Mayor’s Office or by e-mail at


Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40 Section 8J

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