Persons with Disabilities
(706) 653-4492 TTY phone: (706) 225-3629
Mission: The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) is a liaison between the Columbus Consolidated Government and the estimated 50,000 people with disabilities in our community. The mission of the MCPD is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities with in Muscogee County.
The MCPD advocates in general for the right to self-determination and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities
- The general purpose of the MCPD is:
- To identify employment barriers for persons with disabilities.
- Promote employment opportunities by raising awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities
- Educate the public, government agencies, and businesses about issues, needs, and rights of individuals with disabilities
- Assist in identifying and reducing barriers to services and resources and encouraging ADA compliance
- Collaborate with state and national agencies to facilitate services to individuals with disabilities
This commission's success has made it a model for organizations throughout Georgia and Alabama. Our goals are to conceive and conduct programs and projects that will meet the needs of people with disabilities and promote enhancement of their quality of life.
The commission seeks to serve all persons with disabilities, including those with:
Web Resources Links
- Columbus Library for Accessible Services
- Georgia Tech: Tools for Life
- Office of Disability Employment Policy
- The Speak Foundation
- The Better Way Foundation
- Georgia's Aging and Disability Resource Connection
- Muscogee County Autism Support Group, Inc.
- New Horizons
Here's How You Can Help
VOLUNTEER - Volunteers are needed to help plan, promote and participate in projects and programs designed to meet the ever changing needs of people with disabilities.
GIVE - Funds are needed for projects and events the committee sponsors for persons with disabilities, their families and supporters.
JOIN - The Mayor's Commission needs people who will dedicate time and energy to this important cause. If you wish to become an active member, call the office at (706) 653-4492.
COMMUNICATE - Your input--ideas and suggestions--can help the commission be more effective. If you have a disability, or if you are a family member or friend of a person with a disability, the Mayor's Commissiion needs to hear from you. It's a way you can help us to help you.
On Wednesday, October 15, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson rode METRA alongside 31-year-old Jessica Cowell in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held each October. Walking is a challenge for Jessica, who has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and scoliosis; however, she lives a busy life and is employed at the Disability Service Center. METRA is her means of transportation at least four times a week for getting to her job, medical appointments and shopping for groceries. The ride with the Mayor will begin at the Transfer Station on Linwood Boulevard.
According to the Columbus Metra Transit System, nearly 30% of the customers riding METRA have some form of disability. METRA also transported more than 1.1 million customers in FY2015 on its fixed Route and Paratransit buses combined. Columbus Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities helped coordinate the Metra ride with Jessica Cowell and Mayor Tomlinson.
The Mayor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities (MCPD) and Mayor Tomlinson will hosted a Summit for the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Blanchard Room of CB&T. Over 25 businesses and companies will come together to discover the benefits and social impact of hiring individuals with disabilities and to build relationships with agencies that assist in job placement.
Scheduled Meetings and Events
The Mayor's Commission for Persons with Disabilities Executive Committee, meets every third Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30pm, usually at Goodwill Building A at Cross Country Office Park. However, location is subject to change.
The General Commission meets 4 times a year 12:30 - 1:30pm at a location to be determined.
Please Note: meetings, special events dates and times are subject to change. If you are interested in attending a general commission meeting, please contact us at (706)653-4492, or send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org