Joe Prochilo re-appointed to the Architectural Access Board for Massachusetts

We are delighted to announce that one of our accessibility experts has been reappointed to the Architectural Access Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for another 3-year term. 

Joe Prochilo, who officially joined Direct Access last year, works with the local team to deliver accessibility audits for different municipalities and businesses in Boston and across the United States, ensuring that organizations who operate in built environments meet their obligations to disabled people under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

The Office of the Governor Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in recognition of his commitments to accessibility, will reappoint Joe after he swears an oath to office. The re-appointment will help Joe to continue to serve the best interests of disabled people in the Commonwealth. He had previously been a disability advocate campaigning for the rights of disabled people since the 1970’s. 

Opting for an approach of creating true inclusion rather than mere compliance with the ADA, Direct Access has previously hired a team consisting almost entirely of disabled people. Joe (himself a wheelchair user) joined the team on time to help us deliver accessibility audits of offices, public buildings and housing associations in the towns of Stow and North Reading in Massachusetts. 

In addition to Boston, Direct Access has previously provided accessibility consultation for several State municipalities, most recently in Vermont and Texas, where the team delivered ADA housing programs and accessibility audits of over a hundred parks and recreation areas, respectively. 

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