Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
- Third Tuesday of each month
- City Hall, 2nd Floor South Conference Room
123 South Lincoln St., Aberdeen, SD 57401
Arranging Public Access & Transportation
Our meeting location features accessible entrances, parking, and restrooms. If you need assistance, alternative formats for reading, or accessible locations, please contact the mayor's office at 605-626-7025 at least one week prior to the meeting. If you need public transportation, call Ride Line by the day before the meeting between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at 605-626-3333.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings and Minutes are also available following approval.
To view the most current Agendas & Minutes, please click on the Agendas & Minutes link.
The Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities was established by a Resolution of the Aberdeen City Commission in 1991. The Committee was created for the purpose of developing a favorable public climate for the acceptance and meaningful integration of people with disabilities in the community. The overall goal is to provide a framework for community-based advocacy for the removal of both structural and attitudinal barriers facing people with disabilities. Members include people with disabilities, parents, and those who have an interest in the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the mayor's office at 605-626-7025.
BARRIER AWARENESS DAY
An annual event attended by 5th grade elementary students, which gives them an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the barriers, both structurally and attitudinally, that people with disabilities experience each day.
An annual event, in observation of National Disability Employment Awareness month in October, where recognition is given to businesses in the Brown County area that improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Also, individuals with disabilities are recognized for outstanding achievements in overcoming their disability. Winners are acknowledged at a Luncheon and are often nominated at the state level for the Governor's Awards.
"AMERICAN'S WITH DISABILITIES ACT CELEBRATION"
A project developed, in conjunction with the annual anniversary of the American's with Disabilities Act, to help educate people to better understand the barriers people with disabilities encounter in Aberdeen by assuming a disability for a few hours during either a picnic or Disability for a Day activities.
EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT AWARD
A project where a monetary gift is given, from any remaining budgetary funds at the end of each fiscal year, to a graduate with a disability attending either Northern State University or Presentation College.
"ACCESS FOR ALL IN ABERDEEN"
A project developed in 2006 which involves using a decal to showcase disability-friendly places. This decal provides stores, businesses, schools, and newly constructed buildings an opportunity to display a disability-friendly "welcome mat" to customers and employees. By spotlighting establishments, the Committee will increase awareness that accessibility, both structurally and attitudinally, makes good economic sense. This project supports the mission of the Committee to achieve a "Barrier-Free Aberdeen" and it helps to ensure everyone has access to the same goods, services, and employment opportunities.
According to the National Organization on Disability, individuals with disabilities make a significant contribution to the nation's economy, with an aggregate income of more than $1 trillion and $220 billion in discretionary spending power.