Aging and Disability is one of the four major health and human service focus areas of Barnstable County’s Department of Human Services. As stated in the Barnstable County Human Service Plan, the Department’s goal is to support regional aging and disability efforts that improve coordination of services and address unmet needs.
Barnstable County Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Policies
ADA Title II -Covering State and Local Government Programs and Services
Technical assistance manual addresses the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which applies to the operations of State and local governments.
ADA Title III -Covering Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
Technical assistance manual addresses the requirements of title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which applies to public accommodations, commercial facilities, and private entities offering certain examinations and courses.
Effective Communication Guidance, U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section
Fair Housing Accessibility Guideline
Guidelines adopted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide builders and developers with technical guidance on how to comply with the specific accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – Nondiscrimination Under Federal Grants and Programs
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.
711 User Guide
24/7 service enabling hearing people or people who do not use a text telephone (TTY) to communicate over regular telephone lines with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled.
Accessible Print Materials Booklet
Guidelines for accessible printed health communications containing MDPH policies, recommended standards and suggested websites for accessible design and print information.
ADA Best Practices Tool Kit
The ADA Best Practices Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access.
Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Standards
Standards which govern the construction and alteration of places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities.
Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
Provides background and links to statistics and research on disability.
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA)
Paratransit resources and Dial-A-Ride information
College Planning Resources for Students with Disabilities
Provides several in-depth guides for students with disabilities navigating college preparation
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Communication access resources for organizations requesting help with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
MassRelayEDP – MassRelay is a 24/7 service enabling hearing people or people who do not use a text telephone (TTY) to communicate over regular telephone lines with people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened, or speech disabled.
Request an Interpreter Service
To request interpreter/cart services
Read the bi-weekly Barnstable County Department of Human Services Newsletter, designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for people living and working in Barnstable County. Read the newsletter HERE.
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Crisis Counseling Assistance Program Call 888-215-4920 for Assistance
As part of its efforts to support the behavioral health needs of Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the availability of a new crisis counseling assistance program. The new program,...