65-0-1 1989


ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING ADVISORY COMMISSION
ON THE DISABLED AND STATING PURPOSE OF
ENACTMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMISSION

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, as follows:

SECTION ONE.  Findings of the Council.


a. A significant number of people with disabilities, as that term is defined herein, reside within the Mobile area and these individuals have special needs in their daily lives, and the City Council as the governing body of the City of Mobile, recognizes these needs and finds that it is the responsibility of the local government to address these needs in an appropriate manner.

b. The Congress of the United States has set a national goal of prohibiting discrimination against persons who are handicapped or live with a disability and have enacted the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in an effort to meet this goal.

c. All citizens of our community should be concerned with removing barriers that interfere with the activities of persons with disabilities and with this purpose the Council finds it necessary to enact this Ordinance to declare the policy of the City of Mobile to improve communications between the City, its various agencies and departments,  and persons with disabilities in an effort to alleviate barriers that may exist for persons with disability and to develop a structure to identify and correct barriers that may be found to exist.

SECTION TWO. Definitions.

As used in this Ordinance, the following definitions shall apply unless the context otherwise requires:

"Accessibility" - the elimination of all barriers including environmental, procedural, attitudinal and communication barriers which can prevent persons with disabilities from equal opportunity.

"Attitudinal barriers" - presumptions or feelings regarding physical or mental disabilities and/or persons with disabilities, which can in themselves obstruct the access of persons with disabilities to equal opportunities.

"Major life activity" - a function including, but not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, learning, and working.

"Persons with disabilities" - persons who (1) have a physical, mental or sensory impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, or (2) have a record of such an impairment.

"Physical impairment" - any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems or organs: the neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, reproductive, digestive, genitourinary, skin, endocrine, and hemic and lymphatic body systems; special sense organs and respiratory organs, including speech organs.

SECTION THREE. Purpose.

The Council's purpose is to facilitate full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities in the City of Mobile. To accomplish this purpose, the Advisory Commission on the Disabled will function to reduce architectural, procedural, and attitudinal barriers which adversely affect persons with disabilities in their major life activities.

SECTION FOUR. Composition, Appointment and Term.

The City Council hereby creates the Advisory Commission on the Disabled, which Commission shall consist of nine regular voting members and four ex officio members and the Mayor shall appoint two regular members. The four ex officio members shall consist of two City Council members selected by the Council and one representative from the Mobile Transit Authority and one representative from the Mobile Housing Board. The regular members shall serve a term of two (2) years and ex officio members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. All members shall serve without compensation. The City Council will attempt to appoint regular members who are qualified by training and

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