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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Commission on Disability

 

 

THE NEXT FULL COMMISSION MEETING WILL BE:

Friday, December 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 Office of Equity & Human Rights

The Steel / Bridge Rooms

421 SW 6th Avenue, fifth floor of the Commonwealth Building in downtown Portland

 

Agenda TBD

 

 

Mission:

The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all.

 

The Portland Commission on Disability will:

  • Broaden outreach and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Portland;

  • Represent a wide spectrum of disabilities on behalf of the residents of the City of Portland;

  • Facilitate increased collaboration and information exchange between persons with disabilities, City bureaus, and City Council.

 

Guiding Principles:

  • Every individual must be treated with dignity in a manner that is culturally respectful to him or her. Every effort shall be made to overcome misconceptions and biases regarding persons with disabilities.

  • Individuals with disabilities have the right to attain their highest level of independence, self-determination and self-support.  In exercising self- determination, people with disabilities have the right to make and express choices in all aspects of their lives, in all stages of their lives.

  • People with disabilities have the right to participate in all community activities, and shall have equal access to all programs and services that serve the public.

  • There are a broad range of disabilities and, therefore, a broad range of needs in the community.  Policies and procedures shall be flexible enough to address the changing and varying individual needs of persons with disabilities.

  • Because the experience of disability also includes friends, family, associates, and loved ones, these guiding principles also apply to them.

  • Input and participation from persons with disabilities at all levels of decision- making, goal setting, and policy formation shall be considered and included.

  • A universally accessible city is a more livable city for all persons, and represents a new paradigm of how we thrive in a city and respect its diversity.


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