Oregon Commission for the Blind

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the News

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.​

SWEP got a shout-out from one of our valued partners in the Beaverton Resource Guide; click here to read more.

“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.

"Quentin works 20 hours per week at Imperfect Foods.​" Click here to read a profile of a young OCB client​ on the State of Oregon Employment First's blog.

"Spotlight on OCB’s Pre-ETS Program: Daniel Bair.​" Click here to read a profile of a young OCB client​ in the U.S. Department of Education​'s rehabilitative services blog; it was also posted on their Twitter page.​​

"Sunshine for the Blind​." Former blind student Emma McCready ​had an article published ​on the website of a company with whom she had an informational interview.​

"Giving Voice to a Community." How the Voice Dream app designer collaborated with the community, including OCB staff, to make it more accessible. Click here to read the story at Apple.

"Seeing Beyond Sight: How insights into blindness can contribute to AI innovation." Click here to read about OCB staff highlighted in this IBM blog article.

"Visually impaired Portlander skis Colorado mountains." Click here to read about Lillian Goodman at KOIN 6 News.

"Not so easy getting around in new and sightless world." Former OCB student discusses the challenges of ​exploring his new home town McMinnville while coping with vision loss. Click here to read the story in the Yamhill Valley News Register.  

"Clark College student trains to become culinary instructor for the blind." Click here to read the story in The Columbian.


Events and Information

Free Accessible Home COVID  Tests for Blind/Low Vision 

The federal government has launched a new initiative to expand the availability of free, at-home rapid-antigen tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. They work with a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and a free app to provide audible instructions and test results. Read more about the tests here; order them online or by calling 1-800-232-0233.   

Because supplies are limited, please order them only if you do not have a trusted person or service who can help you administer a standard test. To order free standard tests click here; tests are available even if you received them before.

If you need more assistance with at-home testing, call the trained staff at the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) at 888-677-1199 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email DIAL@usaginganddisability.org. They can also connect callers to local testing options including in-home testing or transportation or companion support to visit a community-based testing site.​

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: Multno​mahMarionWashington, 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!

Aira and NFB Make At-Home Covid Testing Accessible

Through a partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, the makers of Aira software will provide free, professional visual interpreting assistance with any type of Covid-19 rapid antigen or PCR home test. To learn more about this offer, visit http://aira.io/newsroom.​

Board Meetings Open to Public

All members of the public are invited to attend the Commission for the Blind's bi-monthly Board Meetings. Click here to learn more. ​

OCB's 2021-23 Legislatively Adopted B​udget

OCB 21-23 Legislatively Adopted Budget.pdf