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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




September 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Steel / Bridge Rooms

Office of Equity and Human Rights, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500


Agenda is forthcoming



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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