Bos­ton to launch new sur­vey on ac­ces­si­bil­ity

The sur­vey will look at ac­ces­si­bil­ity around the city, a first for Bos­ton.

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Bos­ton is launch­ing its first-ever sur­vey of ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues around the city as Mayor Marty Walsh and the Com­mis­sion for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties pre­pare the city’s dis­abil­ity strate­gic mas­ter plan.

The on­line sur­vey aims to dis­cover the city’s most sig­nif­i­cant ac­ces­si­bil­ity-re­lated needs in the city so City Hall can build upon the Imag­ine 2030 strate­gic plan re­leased last year.

“The com­mis­sion’s sur­vey will serve as the foun­da­tion for the City’s dis­abil­ity strate­gic mas­ter plan,” Marty Martinez, chief of health and hu­man ser­vices for the city, said. “The sur­vey will guide our ef­forts in more ro­bust plan­ning that will en­sure Bos­ton is ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple of all abil­i­ties.”

Walsh said, “We will con­tinue to pri­or­i­tize eq­ui­table ac­cess for all un­til there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties than bar­ri­ers, and where ac­ces­si­bil­ity is built into ev­ery­thing we do.”

The sur­vey asks re­spon­dents about the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the var­i­ous city build­ings, the city’s web­site, polling lo­ca­tions, side­walks and city parks. The sur­vey also in­quires about the re­spon­dent’s level of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Once the city gath­ers data from the sur­vey, it in­tends to put it to work “re­duc­ing bar­ri­ers re­lated to ar­chi­tec­ture, pro­ce­dures, at­ti­tudes, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as well as pro­mot­ing eq­uity in hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment, trans­porta­tion, and civic ac­tiv­i­ties.”

The city said it wants to hear from peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, fam­ily mem­bers of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as ad­vo­cates and pro­fes­sion­als who work in the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity.

The sur­vey will be avail­able on­line through June and hard copies are avail­able by mail through the city’s Of­fice of Dis­abil­ity. For help com­plet­ing the sur­vey by phone, con­tact the Of­fice of Dis­abil­ity at 617-635-3682.

“We will con­tinue to pri­or­i­tize eq­ui­table ac­cess for all un­til there are more op­por­tu­ni­ties than bar­ri­ers …” Mayor Marty Walsh

Bos­ton said it wants to hear from peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, fam­ily mem­bers of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as ad­vo­cates and pro­fes­sion­als who work in the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity. WIKIMEDIA COM­MONS

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