The City is currently seeking people with disabilities and who reside within the city of Portland and/or represent an area organization serving people with disabilities to serve on the City Manager's Disability Advisory Committee. Applications are due March 1, 2017 and can be found on the Committee webpage here.
The Committee advises the City Manager on issues of importance to people with disabilities, and recommends policies, practices, and legislation in matters affecting people with disabilities. The Committee consists of up to 11 members appointed by the City Manager and the majority (51%) of members shall consist of people with disabilities.
Access to civic life by people with disabilities is a fundamental goal of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To ensure that this goal is met, Title II of the ADA requires state and local governments to make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities. This requirement extends not only to physical access at government facilities, programs and events, but also to policy changes that governmental entities must make to ensure that all people with disabilities can take part in, and benefit from, the programs and services of state and local governments. In addition, governmental entities must ensure effective communication, including the provision of necessary auxiliary aids and services, so that individuals with disabilities can participate in civic life.