Mayor’s Advisory Council (MACDA)’s Advisory Council (MACDA)
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The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility partners with the Human Rights commission and the Office of the Mayor to continuously build civic, social and economic opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Columbus.

The mission of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility is to promote coordination, communication, and cooperation in working toward the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Columbus community. The Council member will identify issues that impact people with disabilities and bring forth these issues to the council to ensure the Mayor and the city administration are aware of the current issues facing people with disabilities. Council members are appointed by the Mayor and are committed to:

  • Providing a forum for community issues/activities affecting citizens with disabilities
  • Ensuring the disability community is aware of city projects and developments that impact the persons with disabilities
  • Fostering public awareness and education of the needs and abilities of citizens with disabilities
  • Supporting endeavors of the Mayor, undertaken on behalf of citizens with disabilities

To report an issue with accessibility click here to go to U-Report and contact the appropriate departments.

MACDA Application


MACDA Resolution

MACDA Councilmembers:

  • George Van Horn, Chairperson
  • Brian Walsh, Vice Chairperson
  • Dennis Heathfield, Secretary
  • Adam Keen, Councilmember At-Large
  • Shane Burton, Councilmember At-Large
  • Robin Winters
  • Deborah Seeley


Awareness Committee:

The Awareness sub-committee will handle creating methods to educate the public on becoming an inclusive community. This can include the general public and businesses. The goal of the committee is to identify everyday practices that create barriers and to provide simple solutions to remove such barriers.

Accessibility Committee:

The Accessibility Sub-committee will handle all concerns dealing with accessibility. Much of this focus will be around physical space and surroundings. This can include items such as public transit, sidewalks, public events, and public buildings. The goal is to provide equal access and opportunity to all community members. Committee members should take into consideration all types of disabilities.

World of ABILITY

A digital magazine sharing inspirational stories of employment for people with disabilities.  This digital magazine is brought to you by a cross-section of the Columbus, Indiana community.  We’re excited and proud to share stories of individuals and businesses that are changing the way people with disabilities are viewed in our city.  We hope to find ways to make your community more inclusive and appreciative of the contributions of people with disabilities.

Sponsored by:  Cummins Foundation

Check out these World of Ability Videos:

World of Ability – Community

World of Ability – Business

Ralph’s Story

Nicolas’ Story

Emma’s Story


Supported by:

  • Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability and Accessibility & the Human Rights Commission (Columbus, Indiana)
  • The Center on Community Living and Careers, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (Indiana University)
  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
  • Bartholomew County Transition Council
  • The Arc of Bartholomew County
  • Developmental Services Inc.
  • Stone Belt Arc
  • Centerstone