Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities Records
An Inventory of the Collection
Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.
The Mayor's Committee for Disabled Persons (name changed to Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities in 1991 and then to the current name Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities in 2008) was established in 1987 as part of Ordinance No. 19870319-J that amended the Code of the City of Austin by adding an article to "prohibit discrimination against disabled persons; to assure that no qualified disabled person shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity operated or contracted for by the City of Austin." The Committee's purpose is to encourage, assist and enable persons with disabilities to participate in the social and economic life of the City, achieve maximum personal independence, become gainfully employed, and use and enjoy fully and use all public and private facilities available within the community.
The collection contains work plans and annual reports dated 2000 to 2009 that were filed with the City of Austin Office of the City Clerk as required by Austin City Code 2-1-46. These materials document the significant projects accomplished by the Committee as well as set goals for the future. Attachments to the work plans include resolutions and proclamations; flyers, press releases, and programs for events sponsored by the Committee; copies of news articles written about the Committee and its work; copies of letters written to government officials and organizations to encourage supporting the Committee's initiatives; and budgets.
For more information and links to agendas, approved minutes and supporting documents (2009-present) see the Austin Office of the City Clerk's Boards and Commissions Information Center, Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities website.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Austin Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities Records (AR.2015.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Materials transferred to the Austin History Center per the City of Austin Records Control Schedule.
Detailed Description of the Collection