Brookline Commission on Disability
Statement on Warrant Articles 11 & 12
The Town of Brookline has always been on the front lines of innovation. It’s philosophy of inclusion permeates the very core of who we are. The Brookline town website also proudly declares on its “Get Involved” landing page: “Brookline belongs to all of us. From getting involved in Government by volunteering to serve on a Board/Commission, to discovering community organizations, to recycling, you can help shape this town.”
Those of us on the Brookline Commission on Disability have a distinct responsibility to make sure that all the people in Brookline are able to participate equally in the running of the government of the Town. The voices of people who would benefit from the measures requested in Warrant Articles 11 and 12 are to be considered as vital to the conversations as they relate to the policies of Town governance.
A truly representative town government must include people with disabilities, parents of young children who may not have childcare, senior citizens who don’t drive after dark, anyone for whom transportation to a meeting location might be difficult. In other words, all of us. To not support completely virtual quorums/virtual meeting access and hybrid meetings would be hypocritical.
Warrant Articles 11 and 12 are focused on increased access and participation to continue for all of us. We cannot accept that cost or staff time is the issue being debated. We have “seen the light” and nobody, regardless of their level of abilities, or disability, should now have the lights turned off.
The Commission on Disability strongly supports Articles 11 and 12 and encourages Town Meeting and Select Board to approve both Warrant Articles.
James Miczek, Acting Chair & Members of Brookline Commission on Disability
October 26, 2021