Accessible Community Task Force
The Accessible Community Task Force (ACTF) is a citizen committee formed in August 2016 to complement the efforts of the Advisory Commission on Disabilities (ACD). Whereas the ACD focuses on City of Naperville facilities, programs and operations, this task force looks beyond City-owned and operated programs and facilities to assist individuals and private companies within in the City. Areas of focus include transportation, young adult and youth initiatives, business compliance, employment, education/awareness and collaboration.
Enhance the quality of life for persons with cognitive physical, mental and developmental disabilities living, working or visiting the City of Naperville.
The three (3) E's:
EDUCATE the community on how it can help address the needs of individuals with disabilities around issues including transportation, employment, youth transition and accessibility.
EMPOWER persons with disabilities by providing them centralized and easy access to information and resources.
ENGAGE persons with disabilities by collaborating with community stakeholders in driving targeted initiatives aimed at improving access and quality of life.
The ACTF is Looking for New Members
The Accessible Community Task Force is seeking people who are interested in working with a group of volunteers to help improve community access and participation for individuals with disabilities. The anticipated commitment includes a monthly meeting at the Naperville Municipal Center, varying degrees of coordination with individuals or private businesses, and attendance at community events throughout the year. Whether you have experience or not, we are looking for interested, energetic people who want to give back to their community. If you would like to be considered, please complete and submit the application.
The ACTF meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the lunch room of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
For more information, contact:
Dawn Portner, Special Events Coordinator
Accessibility Letter to Developers
The Naperville Accessible Community Task Force (ACTF), established in 2016, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities living, working or visiting Naperville.
The ACTF wants to work with the City and builders to achieve accessible features in new housing developments, encouraging developers to follow an inclusive design approach called visitability. Examples of visitability include:
- A zero-step entrance
- Minimum 36” widths for ground-floor doorways and 42" for hallways
- Ground floor bathroom physically maneuverable by a person in a wheelchair, with blocking added to the underlying structure to ease the future installation of grab bars
Visitability allows a home to be visited by relatives, friends and others who may have disabilities, accommodate short-term occupancy by people with disabilities and facilitate additional adaptations that may be needed. The ACTF is grateful to developers for helping to build a more accessible and inclusive community.
Things You Should Know
In the City's 2017 Community Survey, 10 percent of households reported having someone in the household having a disability as recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Person with a Disability Wallet Card
The new Person with a Disability Wallet Card is now available at any Secretary of State Driver’s Services Facility for people diagnosed with an intellectual, developmental or mental condition. This card can be presented to police during a traffic stop to help explain behavior that could otherwise be interpreted as angry, uncooperative or suspicious.