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DHS news release

April 6, 2004

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Program contact: Joan Claypool (503) 945-6428

Independence fairs scheduled in seven more Oregon communities


A series of seven informational "independence fairs" intended to help people with disabilities make informed choices about employment and other issues are scheduled in seven Oregon communities over the next three months.

The fairs offer information about employment and independence from the sponsoring Oregon Department of Human Services and State Independent Living Council, and from other organizations such as the Oregon Disabilities Commission and the Oregon Commission for the Blind.

Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fairs will be in the following cities:

Grants Pass: April 8 at the Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St.

Medford: April 9 at the Lions Sight and Hearing Center, 228 N. Holly St.

Roseburg: April 30 at Roseburg Valley Mall center court, 1444 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.

Redmond: May 6 at Redmond Senior Center, 325 N.W. Dogwood.

Klamath Falls: May 26 at Jefferson Square shopping mall, 2848 South Sixth St.

North Bend: June 9 at Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Ave.

Pendleton: June 30 at Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate.

Fairs were held previously in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Newport.

Among the subjects that the fairs will address are Medicaid in-home services; reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act; the federal "ticket to work" program; transportation; housing; and State Library resources.