Disabilities Commission


The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is a committee of city government whose commitment is to provide a means for the concerns of people with disabilities to be heard; to advocate for public policy change; to provide expertise to the community on disabilities; and to tell the community about the strengths and limitations of people with disabilities, as well as how the community can help them improve their quality of life, thereby ensuring equality of opportunity and full participation in community life for everyone.


The Commission consists of a minimum of 13 voting members: 11 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Athens City Council, one City Council Representative, and the Mayor or his designee. Term length is three years.

 Member Term Ending
Bouvier, Dianne (Vice Chair)12/31/25
Brumfeld, Joe12/31/24
Burleigh, Debra12/31/25
Hahn, Michelle12/31/25
Hughes, Allyson (Secretary)12/31/23
Korpi, Annah Abetti12/31/25
Lewis, Carolyn (Treasurer)12/31/25
McCarey, Micah (City Council Representative) N/A
McNelly, David R. (Chair)12/31/25
Rogers, Lacey (Mayor's Designee)N/A
Simpson, Lisa12/31/23

Powers & Duties

  • Make recommendations to the Athens City government on city services related to the needs of persons with disabilities
  • Act as liaison between members of the community and local government
  • Respond to questions from the public, local government, and community
  • Consult with Athens city officials, council, and citizens
  • Inform the city of grant opportunities
  • Submit activity reports and recommendations to the Athens City Council


  • 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • 5:30 PM
  • Community Center

The public is welcome to attend.

To make a presentation or to add agenda items contact the Mayor's Office: (740) 592-3338


Athens Pedestrian Accessibility Plan

Click here to view the Athens Pedestrian Accessibility Plan

Matching Fund Application for Businesses

The City of Athens has allocated funds for businesses within city limits to plan and execute renovations and/or modifications that make their establishments more accessible and compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Funds are limited ($30,000 total); thus, there will be a committee within the Commission on Disabilities to read applications and administer funds to the most eligible projects. 

Click Here For The Matching Fund Grant Application

The Athena Award 

The Athens Disabilities Commission selects one member from the community a year who goes above and beyond to make the lives of those with different disabilities and abilities lives much easier. Berry Dilley was the recipient of the 2022 Athena Award.

Watch the full interview (2021) with Athena Award artist Luke Hawk and Dr. Carolyn Lewis by clicking the link below.

Designing the New Athena Award

WOUB Student Reporter Chloe Workman follows Athens City Commission on Disabilities Chairperson Davey McNelly as he navigates Athens in a wheelchair. Click the link below to view the story.


Walk Talk and Roll Flyer