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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

Current Members:

Name Email Address Term exp.
Don Welch, Chair March 2024
Al Lehmann, Vice Chair March 2024
Liana Pasialis March 2024
Elizabeth A. Larivee March 2024
Lyn Horan March 2025
Sarah Wedaman March 2025
Jessica Lebron-Martinez March 2025

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40 Section 8J

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