Philadelphia, PA - According to recent Census data, an estimated 16 percent of Philadelphia’s residents are people with one or more disabilities. Mayor Jim Kenney recently signed Executive Order 7-17, which formally established the Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities.
The Executive Order reorganizes the work for people with disabilities so that there is a permanent office operating to advance strategic policies and programs. The order also re-established Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities that will report to the Office. The Office and the Commission report to the Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Nolan Atkinson, who heads the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, which oversees the Mayor’s Office on People with Disabilities said, “We look forward to providing expanded services to the community of people with disabilities under these structural changes.
Within the new office structure, two new positions were created to proactively advance best practices, policies and programs for people with disabilities, including a City-wide Title II ADA Coordinator to help ensure full accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in City services, and a Constituent Services Coordinator under MOPD to help connect residents to City services.