The Portland Disability Advisory Committee (PDAC) advises the City Manager on issues of importance to people with disabilities, and recommends policies, practices, and legislation in matters affecting people with disabilities consistent with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Committee Membership includes a diverse array of individuals, including business owners, individuals with disabilities, family members, and representatives of organizations that advocate on behalf of the disabled, all of whom share a commitment to help create quality lives for individuals with disabilities in the City of Portland.
Mireille Kabongo, individual member residing in Portland
Jessica Russell, individual member residing in Portland
Ken Shapiro, Vice Chair, representing Unum
Yura Yasui, representing University of Southern Maine
The Portland Disability Advisory Committee has devoted its time over the past few years to various important initiatives, including updating a resource guide for individuals with disabilities and creating an educational campaign for Portland places of public accommodation regarding the many benefits of keeping closed captioning activated on at least one television in use. The Committee has also hosted a number of guest speakers on ADA-related topics, including City Manager Jon Jennings; Christopher Branch, Public Works Director; Simon Thompson from the Portland Parks Conservancy; Zoe Miller, Project Manager at Greater Portland Council of Governments; and engineers from the Accessibility and ADA Compliance division of engineering firm Tindale Oliver. During 2019-2020, the Committee is devoting its time to organizing a series of events in collaboration with community partners celebrating and commemorating the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ADA