Question: I read an announcement about the upcoming meeting "HUD Action Plan Public Hearing" on 3/22 at the Ralph & Jenny Center. I scoured web pages and city websites to learn accessibility information for the center before I plan to attend. I COULD NOT FIND THIS INFO ANYWHERE- about the New Washington St. location or the other senior centers in the city. I know Holland St. is fully accessible- that building was (or is) managed by Tufts, and they tend to know the rules.
My experience with the City has been quite different. In fact there have been- still are, to my knowledge- City events in non-accessible facilities (libraries, etc.). I need to know about each and every venue beforehand; it should be S.O.P. to include this info in all public announcements! Given that I am seeking accessibility info about the City's Senior Centers, I am appalled that it is not even mentioned when lists of locations, hours of operation and directions are provided. What century are we in here, folks???
Answer: The Ralph & Jenny Senior Center is accessible. The Council on Aging will update its website shortly to indicate this, so the information will be easier to find next time. Thank you for pointing this out. Also, the City abides by the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Among other requirements, the law states that "All open meetings of public bodies must be accessible to persons with disabilities." The City will look into whether an open meeting of a City public body has violated this requirement. Concerns regarding this can also always be directed to the City's ADA Coordinator, Carlene Campbell at email@example.com or 617-625-6600 ext. 2615. Again, thank you for pointing this out.