Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities

The Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities exists for two purposes. It provides guidance to the City of Hammond in matters concerning disabilities, and it works with other Hammond organizations to link services to individuals with disabilities. The majority of Commission members are disabled themselves, and other members serve as advocates for the disabled.

The Commission, formed in 1985, holds monthly meetings, sponsors a ramp assistance program that provides assistance to residents with the installation of wheelchair ramps, and hosts an annual awards breakfast that honors individuals, local businesses, and organizations that have improved the lives of the disabled. The Mayor appoints people who live and/or work in Hammond to the Commission. Each member serves a three-year term and may be reappointed.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became federal law in 1990. It forbids discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals on the basis of physical or mental handicap. This law is designed to end most physical barriers to disabled in employment and in the use of accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.

Programs & Applications


For Veterans:
Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Veteran’s Life Changing Services
NWI Veterans Action Council
Indiana VA PTSD Treatment Locations

For Disabilities:
City of Hammond ADA Compliance Info
DDRS Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Hammond Fitness Center
North Township Trustee Dial-A-Ride
New Mobility (magazines for wheelchair users)
Indiana Deaf Camp
American Foundation for the Blind

For Seniors:
Alzheimer’s Association (Greater Indiana Chapter)
North Township Trustee Senior Services
NICAC Help for Seniors
Memory Clinics in Indiana
Merrillville Memory Care
American Council of the Blind (Indiana)

Mayor's Commission on Disabilities Members

Member Position
Matthew J. Muta President
Elena L. Magallanes Vice President
Ernie Dillon Member
Joe Boguszewicz Member
Aristine Fennie Member
Laura Martin Member
Kymberli Roberts Member
Gladys Hilliard Member
Traci Hathaway Member
Cynthia Rangel Liaison

Upcoming Meetings

Mayor's Commission on Disabilities meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month and begin at 10:00am. All meetings are held in the Community Room at Hammond Sportsplex.

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Full Meeting Calendar

Video Archive

Mayor's Commission on Disabilities meetings are streamed live at

Last 5 Meetings:

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Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Information for the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities can be submitted by sending it to the following address:

Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities
5925 Calumet Avenue, Room 315
Hammond, Indiana 46320

Telephone Inquiries: (219) 853-6508, Ext8