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our objective

The Committee’s objective is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities and help remove the barriers and obstacles that hinder their everyday activities.

The committee will:

  • Provide a forum for residents to report and discuss disability access issues in Fair Lawn.
  • Suggest improvements of borough facilities that currently provide obstacles for persons with disabilities.
  • Engage in projects that improve overall handicapped accessibility within the borough.
  • Disseminate information that can be of assistance to people with disabilities.

The scope


The scope of the committee will be to improve those areas that are under the domain and influence of the Borough Council and Borough Manager.



“Together, we must remove the physical barriers we have created and the social barriers that we have accepted. For ours will never be a truly prosperous nation until all within it prosper.”

President George Bush
Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26, 1990



The Fair Lawn ADA Committee is pleased to announce that the barrier free, inclusionary playground at Berdan Grove has now been completed.  Additional sprucing up will continue through the spring of 2015, along with the addition of one or two external pieces.

This project would not have been possible without the help and generous support of the residents, businesses and organizations listed below: 

The Borough of Fair Lawn
The County of Bergen
Columbia Bank and the Columbia Bank Foundation
The Knights of Pythias – In Memory of Lou Duhl
Fair Lawn High School
Marathon 2012, 2013 & 2014
National Honor Society 2013
Interact Club 2013 & 2014
Class of 1983
The Silver Family Foundation
The Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary
St. Ann’s Council Knights of Columbus
The Guy Family – In Honor of Michael K. Overmars
Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce
Fair Lawn Rotary Club
Fair Lawn Memorial Post 281 VFW
Bettina and Bruce Kaplan
Karen Peterson
Patton Law Firm
Professional Insurance Associates, Inc.
Scirocco Agency
Giovanni’s Deli
Cosmo Club Ladies Auxiliary
Fair Lawn Lions Club
Gary and Marianne Pettineo
Gotham City Diner
Mary Mancuso, DMD
Suann Aitchison
Surgem, LLC
Jack Daniels Motors
Rehabilitation Specialists
St. Leon Armenian Church
American Legion
Dr. Bram Alster
Filipino American Association
Garden State Orthopaedics
Ira and Ilene Levine
Jack and Anne O’Neil
Jewish War Veterans Lt. James I. Platt No. 651
Marty Etler
North Jersey Pediatrics
Oscar Lopez (Advance Auto Parts)
Owens Group Foundation
Pediatric Associates
River Road Improvement Corp.
Charles Wrubel (Rimrob Corp)
Councilmember Lisa Swain and Ron Bienstock
Catholic War Veterans Post 1076
Kevin and Cathy Coffey
Valley National Bank
Davia’s Restaurant
Barbara and Tod Christianson
Diane and Michael Albarella
Fair Lawn Estates
Frame It
Morrissa Schiffman and Nancy Cohen
Pfizer Matching Gifts Program
Terrapin, Inc.
Paul & Lois Magid
Dr. Michael J. Cohen
Carol and Ken Bratspies
Ed and Marlane Gruber
Janet Murdrak
Lisa D’Elia
Susan and Joseph Bazela
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Crespo


Donation Information:

FLCC – ADA Committee. 
Attn: Marianne Pettineo
8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

A 501(c)3 Sub Committee of the Community Center, all donations are tax deductible. 


Sign Petition to bring back UN Treaty-

The CRPD (Convention on Rights with Persons with Disabilities) is modeled on the extensive disability rights laws that exist in the United States today, and embodies the underlying rationales incorporated in those laws. Since their passage, U.S. disability rights laws have succeeded in opening doors and eliminating barriers for people with disabilities in the United States in all aspects of life. Ratifying the CRPD would allow the U.S. to continue this proud tradition of leadership and progress around the world.


In the first re-design of the ADA website since 2002, the Department of Justice today launched a redesigned ADA website ADA.gov.  The new design incorporates improved navigation and usability features making it easier to find information on ADA technical assistance, enforcement, and regulations.   

To view the new website or to find more information about the ADA, visit ADA.gov or call the Department’s ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY). 
 Updated 7-3-2018