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  On June 23, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a new initiative to expand the availability of testing options that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.

How to get the tests:  
Order online or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

• Each order now includes 12 rapid-antigen tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.
• These will ship in six separate packages, each with two tests.
• Each package will have a separate tracking number.   
• Orders will ship free, while supplies last.
To use the tests, you must:
• Have a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
• Download and install a free app from the Apple App Store (for iOS) or Google Play Store (for Android).

What makes the tests more accessible?
The test works with the app to provide:
• Audio step-by-step instructions for administering the test.
• Audio test results.

Need more assistance?

Call 1-888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email [email protected].
  Multiple City departments are working to make downtown and neighborhoods – as well as City parks and recreation programs – more accessible to people with disabilities. Stephanie Cook, the City's ADA Coordinator, sees progress being made. She's pleased the City is prioritizing walkable neighborhoods, and more paths are being opened for people using wheelchairs. 
Click here to learn more
  Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA
  The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Click here to learn more
  CODI features guest presenters at our monthly regular CODI meetings to help educate our members on the current trends and issues seen within the Disability Community both locally and nationwide. If your work directly relates to helping people with disabilities and you would like to share what services your organization offers with CODI, please contact [email protected].
The Mayor’s Council on Disability Issues (CODI) is an advisory council to the City of Knoxville on disability-related programs and policies. Created in 1984, this 21-member council provides information to the City on current events or concerns within the disability community. For more information on CODI, please email us at [email protected]

The regular meetings of the Mayor's Council On Disability Issues (CODI) are held monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. either via Zoom or out in the Knoxville community. Typically CODI meetings last until 5:00 p.m. All regular meetings, committee meetings, and special meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend one of our Zoom meetings, please email [email protected] no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

The City of Knoxville ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services.

To request language translation services, contact the Human Resources Department at [email protected] or 865-215-3100.

For disability accommodations, contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at [email protected] or 865-215-2034 at least 72 hours before the meeting.


The council consists of at least nine and up to 21 members. The members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. Terms are for three years. Members cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for CODI, please go to the Members Information page, where you will find the nomination form in both PDF and Word formats. 


The regular meetings of CODI are typically held on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. either via Zoom or out in the Knoxville community.

September 13, 2023 - Zoom
October 11, 2023 - Zoom
November 8, 2023 - Cancelled
December 13, 2023 - Zoom
January 10, 2024 - Zoom
February 14, 2024 - In Person, Half Day Retreat
March 13, 2024 - Zoom
April 10, 2024 - Zoom
May 8, 2024 - In Person
June 12, 2024 - Zoom
July 10, 2024 - Zoom
August 14, 2024 - In Person, Full Day Retreat
September 11, 2024 - Zoom
October 9, 2024 - Zoom
November 13, 2024 - In Person
December 11, 2024 - Zoom


The Bylaws committee meetings of CODI are held via Zoom on an as needed basis.

No meetings yet scheduled for 2023/2024


The membership committee meetings of CODI are typically every other month at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom on the Wednesday before the regular CODI meeting.

December 6, 2023
February 7, 2024
April 3, 2024
June 5, 2024
August 7, 2024
October 2, 2024
December 4, 2024


Transportation Committee meetings are typically every other month at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom on the Monday before the regular CODI meeting.

October 9, 2023
December 11, 2023
February 12, 2024
April 8, 2024
June 10, 2024
August 12, 2024
October 7, 2024
December 9, 2024


Livability Strategic Plan Group meetings are typically held every other month at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom on Wednesday the week prior to our Regular CODI Meeting.

September 6, 2023
November 1, 2023
January 3, 2024
March 6, 2024
May 1, 2024
July 3, 2024
September 4, 2024
November 6, 2024


Beginning in September 2023, Universal Design Strategic Plan Group meetings are typically held at 2:00 p.m. every other month via Zoom on the Monday directly before the regular CODI meeting.

September 11, 2023
November 6, 2023
January 8, 2024
March 11, 2024
May 6, 2024
July 8, 2024
September 9, 2024
November 11, 2024


Misha Dziubak
CODI City Staff Liaison
City Disability Services Office Assistant I

865-215-2423 / TTY: 711
[email protected]

John Barber
CODI Chair

[email protected]

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