Accessibility of Public Meetings of Boston City Council

Don Warner Saklad filed this request with the Boston City Council of Boston, MA .
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From: Don Warner Saklad

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all documents about a) accessibility, b) provisions for accessibility, etc. of Public Meetings of Boston City Council for people hard of hearing.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Don Warner Saklad

From: Christine O'Donnell

Please be advised that the City Council is in receipt of your public
requests request received on August 21, 2014 and copied below. Please be
advised that the City Council will conduct a review of its records. If such
records exist, the records will be forwarded to you within compliance of
the state's public records law.

*To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law,
M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:Any and all
documents about a) accessibility, b) provisions for accessibility, etc. of
Public Meetings of Boston City Council for people hard of hearing.I also
request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is
in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the
recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The
requested documents will be made available to the general public free of
charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed
by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of
news gathering and not for commercial usage.I expect the request to be
filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide
text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not
accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well
as physical documents.In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be
grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of
fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by
e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.Thank you in advance for
your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving
your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute
requires.Sincerely,Don Warner Saklad*

Very truly yours,

Christine O'Donnell
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Christine O’Donnell, Esq.

Legislative Director

Boston City Council

Boston City Hall

Boston City Council, 5th Floor

Tel: 617-635-1185

Fax: 617-635-4203

christine.odonnell@boston.gov

From: Christine O'Donnell

To Mr. Saklad:

This email is in response to your public records requests received by the
City Council on August 21, 2014 concerning accessibility of video/audio
recordings of City Council meetings. The City Council initially responded
to your request on August 22, 2014. After a review of its records, the
following documents are attached pursuant to your request: hearing loop
press release; document explaining the closed captioning process as used by
the City Council.

All meetings held by the City of Boston are required to be accessible to
persons with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). Accommodations are available upon request to persons with
disabilities who require alternately formatted materials or auxiliary aids
to ensure effective communication and access to meetings of City
departments or programs. Please allow at least 10 business days to arrange
for accommodations.

Very truly yours,

Christine O'Donnell
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Christine O’Donnell, Esq.

Legislative Director

Boston City Council

Boston City Hall

Boston City Council, 5th Floor

Tel: 617-635-1185

Fax: 617-635-4203

christine.odonnell@boston.gov

From: Don Warner Saklad

Thank you Christine O'Donnell !

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 21, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Christine O'Donnell

To Mr. Saklad:

The Council responded to your request on September 3, 2014. The referred
to response is included in your follow-up request and I have copied within
this email as well:

On Sept. 3, 2014:

To Mr. Saklad:

This email is in response to your public records requests received by the
City Council on August 21, 2014 concerning accessibility of video/audio
recordings of City Council meetings. The City Council initially responded
to your request on August 22, 2014. After a review of its records, the
following documents are attached pursuant to your request: hearing loop
press release; document explaining the closed captioning process as used by
the City Council.

All meetings held by the City of Boston are required to be accessible to
persons with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). Accommodations are available upon request to persons with
disabilities who require alternately formatted materials or auxiliary aids
to ensure effective communication and access to meetings of City
departments or programs. Please allow at least 10 business days to arrange
for accommodations.

I have also attached the documents that were sent to you on September 3,
2014. Please be advised that this completes your public records request.
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Christine O’Donnell, Esq.

Legislative Director

Boston City Council

Boston City Hall

Boston City Council, 5th Floor

Tel: 617-635-1185

Fax: 617-635-4203

christine.odonnell@boston.gov

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