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Oregon Commission for the Blind

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the New​s

A C​​reswell man who was helped by OCB after he lost his vision to a Covid-related stroke is profiled by the Hadley institute​, who gave him an award for his great engagement with learning adaptive tech and braille.

Former OCB cooking instructors Dine in the Dark at a unique local event covered by KGW​.​

A former client's second career as a woodworker​​ is profiled in the McMinnville​​ News​ Register​.​​

Baker and former OCB client is interviewed on KXL ​News ​​about her delicious bakery in Beaverton!​ ​

OCB's Summer Work Experience 50th Anniversary was highlighted in the Governor's My Oregon News!​​

​Doctor and therapist opens new Silverton office to work with under-served people in his community. Read the story in​.

OCB aids effort to make PDX the second airport in world to ha​ve new accessibility technology​.

Governor Kate Brown's newsletter My Oregon News profiled a client​ who is working through a new intiative and OCB partnership with Amazon.​​​​

Chemeketa ​Community College profiles Francisco​, a computer science​ student who seeks to ​inspire and encourage people with vision loss to pursue the degree of their choice​.

OCB client is interviewed on the March edition of the Eyes on Success webcast​ ​about her steps to career success in the music field, including the role OCB played.​

Blind skiier, mountain climber, and Paralympic competitor Nancy Stevens was highlighted in March's Ski Meissner newsletter​.​

Overwhelmed by the fact that traffic-related pedestrian fatalities and injuries are on the rise in Oregon and nationally, OCB Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist Malinda ​Carlson wrote an excellent list of Ten Safety Tips for Pedestrians​ to help our clients be as safe as possible.

"Falls Cafe Opens Under New Management."  PDF: OurTown Community News 8-15-2021.pdf Or read the story online​.

Blind Oregonian competing in Paralympics works to bridge gap between mental health, disability. Cli​​​​ck here to read the story on KTVZ.​

​“Silver Falls lodge is back open under new management, taking reservations for summer."​ Click here to read in OregonLive​ about exciting changes to Silver Falls State Park including our BE program's Silver Falls Cafe.​

​OCB Information

OCB's 2023-25 Legislatively Adopted B​udget

58500 Commission for the Blind Legislatively Adopted Budget 2023-25.pdf

​Annual Report to Legislature on Rulemaking Activity


Events and Information

January is Glaucoma 
Awareness Month 

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. But it has no early symptoms — that's why half of people with glaucoma don't know they have it. The only way to check for glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There's no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop it from damaging people's vision. Anyone can get glaucoma, but people over 60, Black/African Americans over 40, Hispanics/Latinos, and those with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk. Check out the National Eye Institute Education Program (NEHEP) to learn more!​

Theater Audio Description

Theater and musical lovers who would benefit from an audio-described performance in Portland are invited to check out upcoming events by CADA – Committee for Audio Description in the Arts.”​

Accessible Voting & Ballots

Visually impaired voters can now access their current voter status and record online, and access an Alternate Format Ballot they can complete using a screen reader or VoiceOver, so they may vote confidentially and independently. Learn more here:​

Trust That Your Vote Counts!

Track the status of your mail-in ballot from printed to accepted with this accessible and free process. Four Oregon counties have Ballot Tracking: MarionWashington, Multno​mah,​ and Yamhill.

The voter provides full name, date of birth, zip code, and desired notification method.​ The CAPTCHA system used to ensure your response is human (and not an online robot) is a simple and accessible check mark. If there is a problem with your signature, you will be notified within a day.​ The percentage of successful voters with Ballot Tracking is very high, and anyone can help a voter get signed up!​