Andover Commission on Disability helps Town win a $500,000 Grant
for ADA Accessible Trail
Andover Commission on Disability
helps Town Wins a $500,000 Grant
for ADA Accessible Trail
ADA Accessible Trail


Welcome to our website

Andover, MA Commission on Disability (ACOD) Mission

The Andover Commission on Disability is a committee of thirteen volunteers recommended by the Town Manager and appointed by the Select Board for a three-year term.

The majority (7) of the commission members must have a disability or be directly related to a person with disabilities.

              Our Mission and Goals:

  • We advise and assist town officials in addressing the needs of people with disabilities & in ensuring compliance with state and federal disability laws.
  • We advocate for the full inclusiveness and participation of people with disabilities in the town of Andover.           
  • We sponsor projects aimed at helping people with disabilities.
  • We provide information and referral to people with disabilities.

  Recent Projects:

  • We review all new municipal buildings, schools, playgrounds, parks, and conservation lands for Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance. Current reviews include West Elementary/Shawsheen Preschool and Andover High School.
  • ADA Self Evaluation and ADA Transition Plan assistance.
  • Program Access:  we advise and assist in ensuring that all of the Town programs, services, and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Nason’s Landing: Andover’s first ADA Accessible Kayaking on the Shawsheen River.
  • Shawsheen Pines renovations: assisted with the AAB Variance submittal. (Non–ADA compliant).
  • Shawsheen River Master Plan:  submitted, focused on people with disabilities:  
  • Town’s Master Plan advocacy: advice and assistance focused on people with disabilities.
  • “StoryWalk:” Downtown Andover’s first accessible “StoryWalk.” StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are posted in the business’s windows, which are installed along Main Street in downtown.
  • Andover Day Booth – Annually in September. Stop by and get your freebies and talk to us.
  • Worked with the town to bring Assistive Listening technology (Listen Everywhere) to Town Meeting and other municipal sites. Offerings include amplified speech and closed captioning.
  • We hosted the Mass Office on Disability (MOD) Advanced ADA training.
  • We hosted the MOD Regional Meeting for other Commission on Disability’s in the Merrimack Valley.

 Projects In Process:

 Future Projects:

  • Dale Street Park & Picnic Area – ADA-compliant for people with disabilities.                                                                                                                
  • Dale Street ADA-compliant Pedestrian Bridge over the Shawsheen River                                                                                                             
  • Pomp’s Pond ADA Accessible Kayaking.
  • Merrimack College Collaboration: Accessible Service and Community Engaged Learning [learning by doing community service.]
  • Library Collaboration, including the Human Library Project, and My Own Voice Concert (a chorus of children with disabilities for December, 2023 holidays).
  • Council on Aging Collaboration.
  • Historic Mill District, MBTA Zoning, Housing, Transportation advocacy, advice, and assistance focused on people with disabilities.
  • Communications: Newsletter, Andover Day, Outreach Tables, aimed at continuously educating the community in understanding ADA.
  • Mass Office on Disability link continuously improved.
  • Chandler Road Recreational Area in West Andover focused on people with disabilities.
  • Proposed ADA boat launch and trail to the Merrimack River.
  • AVIS properties; Deer Jump — All Persons Trail. 
  • AVIS properties; Goldsmith Reservation — All Persons Trail.


We meet at least once each month at 6:30 P.M. in the Memorial Hall or the activity room at Memorial Hall Library. Meetings are normally held on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Currently, we meet virtually using Zoom. See Calendar:, and Agenda for details:

For more information; Contact the Chair through the Contact page.

The administrative and town piece of our web pages, including a downtown HP parking map, calendar, agendas, and minutes: