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The City of Portland, Oregon

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



 May 2, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Jacobs Center, 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97201 
Lincoln Room (first floor of Jacobs Center)

6:00 – 6:10
Introductions: All


Opening: Dr. Markisha Smith, Director, Office of Equity and Human Rights


Agreements: Dr. Markisha Smith

Brief background on proposal and budget request: Commissioner Fritz


Discussion: All
How can the City prioritize ADA Title II Compliance via a high-level advisory body to Council, and also provide an ongoing forum for larger concerns from the Disability Community?


Summary and Next steps: Dr. Markisha Smith, All








The Office of Equity and Human Rights validates parking for all community members attending Commission sessions. Please use only the Star Park Garage, located just one block south from the Office on SW Alder St between SW Broadway and SW 6th Ave. The entrance to the garage is on SW Alder.

Commissioners are appointed by the Portland City Council and are volunteers who work without compensation. They can be contacted through the Office of Equity and Human Rights at 503.823.4433 or email:

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination in any City program, service, or activity on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or disability.  To help ensure access to City programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland reasonably: provides language translation and interpretation for limited English proficiency individuals; modifies policies and procedures; and, provides auxiliary aids, services and/or alternative formats to persons with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, modification, translation, interpretation or language service; to file a complaint; or for additional information or questions on Civil Rights Title VI (race, color, national origin protections) and ADA Title II (protections for people with disabilities) matters (nondiscrimination in public City programs, services, activities): contact OEHR by phone at 503.823.4433, TTY at 503.823.6868, or Oregon Relay Service at 711.


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.


Strategic report by Michael Szporluk

Memo from Commissioner Fritz (word)

Memo from Commissioner Fritz regarding PCOD break (word)

Memo from Commissioner Fritz

PDF version from Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Current PCOD Charter

This is the current operating Charter for The Commission on Disability. This charter has been adopted by PCOD it has not gone to City COuncil


Commissioner roster

Portland Commission on Disability New Member Info

There are currently vacancies on the Portland Commission on Disability and a new member recruitment is underway.

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2012 Candidate Forums

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ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration Events

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