Disabilities Commission

Meetings Information:


June 10, 2022
In person, streamed on Facebook, or via Zoom

The Accessibility and Advocacy Committee of the Athens City Commission on Disabilities will have its annual “Walk, Talk, and Roll” event on Friday, June 10, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to review accessibility in Uptown Athens.

Committee members Davey McNelly, also chairperson of the Commission, and Rob Delach will guide participants at 11:30 from Bella Vino, 12 W. Stimson Avenue to Armory Park, 2 East Carpenter Street to show and report accessibility issues and areas where progress has been made. The activity will conclude at 12:15 with a short program and refreshments at Armory Park. Commissioner Dr. jw Smith will serve as master of ceremonies. Speakers include Mayor Steve Patterson; an Uptown Business Association member, Grace Corbin of Casa Neuva; and McNelly.

All City residents of any ability are welcome to attend in person or to view the live stream, which will be hosted on the City of Athens Facebook page at Facebook.com/cityofathensohinfo. The public can also participate via Zoom: 


Passcode: 994784

Or One tap mobile : 

    US: +19294362866,,87336955570#  or +13017158592,,87336955570# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799 

Webinar ID: 873 3695 5570

    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd1BXXE6wn

 ASL interpreting will be provided (best platform is via Zoom). If an additional accommodation is needed, or for more information, email disabilitiescommission@ci.athens.oh.us


The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is an 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 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
Beals, Tiffany  12/31/24
Bouvier, Dianne (Mayor's Designee) N/A
Brumfeld, Joe 12/31/24
Dikis, Rose
Hughes, Allyson  12/31/23
Lewis, Carolyn (Treasurer)
McCarey, Micah (City Council Representative)  N/A
McNelly, David R. (Chair)
Prusinski, Cheryl 12/31/22
VACANCY 12/31/23
Simpson, Lisa 12/31/23
Smith, JW 12/31/24

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

Designing the New Athena Award

Designed by Luke Hawk in 2021, 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. Barbara Conover was the recipient of the 2021 Athena Award.
Watch the full interview with Luke Hawk and Dr. Carolyn Lewis by clicking the link below.

Designing the New Athena Award