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Disability Data Standard

We are improving the way the City of Boston asks people about disability

We want to develop a standard approach to collecting data about disability from constituents and City employees to improve accessibility and inclusion in Boston. To do this, the Disabilities Commission, Office of Human Resources, Elections Department, and the Department of Innovation and Technology are partnering to explore preferred language around disability, and the experiences of voting in Boston and onboarding as a City of Boston employee with a disability.

At the end of the process, the Elections Department will be able to implement concrete recommendations to the constituent experience of voting with regard to accessibility and the Office of Human Resources will be able to amend onboarding processes to incorporate more comprehensive language for employees to describe their disabilities. Results from these two projects will be used to develop a Disability Data Standard for the City of Boston. 



Over several months, we are leading a mix of projects to address this issue, including:

  • Literature Review of Best Practices
  • Focus Groups with Boston residents
  • Process mapping of the voting process, and onboarding for new City of Boston employees
  • User research with disability advocates and City employees


  • Identify best practices for collecting information from constituents and City of Boston employees about disabilities they may have
  • Map the process and gain a better understanding of the experience for people with disabilities for:
    1. Voting in Boston
    2. Onboarding as a City of Boston employee

Get Involved

Focus group slots are now full, but check back soon for other ways to get involved.

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