October 6, 2017
Access Letter
News and Information for the Access-Minded
A 5K for All Abilities, Brick Sidewalks are
a Work in Progress, Raising Deaf
Awareness & More!

The Play Brigade Offers a 5K Run for Everyone
A Boston-based nonprofit, The Play Brigade envisions a world where there are no barriers to play, recreation, and sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community. The organization will be hosting "The Play Brigade 5K – A Run for Everyone" on Saturday, October 14 at the Boston Common. Run, walk, or wheel -- register solo or as a team and experience Boston’s first 5K run for everyone!
Brick Sidewalks: A Work in Progress
One of the most frequent accessibility complaints we receive at the Commission concerns brick sidewalks. These sidewalks are often difficult to navigate for people who use canes, walkers, wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Brick sidewalks also pose difficulties for any person who might get his or her foot stuck in a protruding brick (or in a divot where a brick used to be). 
sign language image
Raising Deaf Awareness at Harvard
by Julie Miller
On September 28 th , I attended a panel called “Deaf Lives” at Harvard University, organized by the university’s Deaf Awareness Club. Together, four panelists shared their experiences and opinions on a spectrum of important issues currently affecting the Deaf community. The panelists focused their stories for an audience comprised primarily of hearing students taking American Sign Language (ASL) classes at a number of local universities.
CCPD Seeks Applicants for Advisory Board Vacancies

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking persons interested in serving on the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) advisory board. Made up of 11 Members who serve three-year terms in a volunteer capacity, the CCPD board meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. CCPD seeks to build a membership that reflects the cultural and racial diversity of the City, is cross-disability in nature and representative of the different geographical areas of the community. Members must be current residents of Cambridge. 
Commission for Persons with Disabilities | 51 Inman Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139