A bill to set up a mayoral commission to evaluate and coordinate programs for the disabled was introduced last night in the Baltimore City Council.
Under the proposal, the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities also would work to eliminate discrimination against people with physical and mental handicaps, help the city comply with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and recommend new programs or legislation.
The bill, which has the support of a broad coalition of groups representing the disabled, was introduced by Council President Mary Pat Clarke at the request of the administration of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
Under the proposed bill, the commission would consist of 35 unpaid members appointed by the mayor. Of the members, nine must have disabilities themselves; three must be family members of people with disabilities; and nine must be representatives of business and nonprofit organizations serving the disabled.
The proposed measure also provides for a paid director and whatever staff may be approved in the municipal budget.