Community Access

Massachusetts Community Access Monitor ONGOING Training

The Role of the Community Access Monitor

Community Access Monitors play an essential role in encouraging access improvements. While they do not have legal enforcement authority, monitors have proven to be highly effective advocates. Monitors are a full partner in the implementation process by coordinating advocacy efforts with municipal disability commissions, Independent Living Centers, ADA Coordinators, building inspectors, and others.
Being a Community Access Monitor requires knowledge of access laws and regulations, understanding of the range of organizations that have responsibilities under both state and federal regulations, skill in surveying and advocacy, and the ability to be persuasive and persistent. Through this training program, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective accessibility advocate.

Getting Involved

Accessibility in Massachusetts in mandated by complex and far-reaching state and federal laws, whose enforcement depends upon the active involvement of the disability community. Get involved; every individual makes a difference. The law is behind you. Through your efforts, and the collective effort of the Community Access Monitor Program of MOD and the whole advocacy movement, you will help bring about change.
There are Community Access Monitor Trainings being held throughout the Commonwealth.  If there are questions, or you are interested in attending an upcoming training, please feel free to contact Jeffrey Dougan at (800) 322-2020 extension 27316 or email him at jeff.dougan@state.ma.us.
http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/disability-info-and-resources/access-community-living-and-tech/community-serv-prog/community-access-monitor-program.html

The Milford Commission on Disability rates these 2-day sessions as "must attend!" activities, whether you simply want to know and understand ADA and AAB rules & regulations and advocate for compliance in your community, or you are willing to take that extra voluntary step after completion of the sessions and say, "I want to become a Massachusetts Community Access Monitor!" These sessions are ALWAYS handicapped-accessible and your specific needs will be taken into consideration if you let MOD know before the meeting.