BELOW IS A LIST OF COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OREGONIANS WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED OR BLIND. FOR MORE IN DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS, PLEASE READ OUR COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE GUIDE.
American Council of the Blind of Oregon
American Foundation for the Blind
Disability Rights Oregon
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Phone : 971-244-0305
Independent Living Resources (ILR)
Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA)
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Oregon
Spokes, Unlimited (Klamath Falls)
Phone and TTY: 541-883-7547
Umpqua Valley disAbilities Network
Oregon Talking Book Library
Oregon Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP)
EYE CARE PROVIDERS
Casey Eye Institute
Devers Eye Institute (Legacy Low Vision Clinic)
Eye Care America
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Oregon Optometric Physician Association
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. National Office (San Rafael, CA)
Oregon Campus (Boring)
Guide Dog Foundation (Smithtown, NY)
Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Leader Dogs for the Blind (Rochester, MI)
Pilot Dogs, Inc. (Columbus, OH)
Oregon Housing & Community Services
Access (Medford area)
Phone: (541) 779-6691
Community Action (Washington County)
Klamath & Lake Community Action Services
Toll Free: 866-665-6438
Home Forward (Portland area)
Housing Works (Central Oregon)
For Rental Assistance Needs:
Visit http://www.211info.org for information concerning rental assistance or Dial 2-1-1 for additional resources and information.
Golden Access Passport
Available to U. S. citizens or permanent residents who have a permanent disability. The pass is free and is good for life. It provides free entrance to most federal recreation areas and provides a 50% discount on use fees, such as camping fees.
Toll-free: 888-Go Parks (888-467-2757) https://oregonstateparks.org/
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
Offers a permanent disabilities permit that enables anglers to fish from an anchored craft and will allow access to fishing sites reserved for persons with disabilities. You must also purchase licenses and tags. The permanent angling license has been eliminated.
Main Phone (503) 947-6000
Oral Hull Park
Park run by volunteers who form the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind. The park is for both persons who are blind, people with sight and their friends and family. It provides overnight accommodations with kitchen facilities and/or prepared meals, fishing, a fragrance garden, swimming pool, hot tub, and recreation room. There are special events such as summer camp and fund raising events. Call Oral Hull for daily or weekend rates.
Northwest Association of Blind Athletes (NWABA)
NWABA provides experiences in sports, such as tandem biking, kayaking, and skiing, to individuals of all ages and abilities with visual impairments who have never before been able to experience them.
Local: (360) 448-7254
Toll Free: (800) 880-9837
An easy-to-remember telephone number that helps connect people in need with the community resources available to help meet those needs.
If you are in an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
If 2-1-1 is not available from your location call:
SENIOR SERVICES & AREA AGENCIES ON AGING
Aging and People with Disabilities
For information regarding caregiver and adult foster homes, assisted living facilities, resource and needs assessment, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications.
DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (State of Oregon)
Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) **Statewide**
A resource directory for Oregon families, caregivers and consumers seeking information about long-term supports and services.
Central Oregon Council on Aging
Clackamas County Social Services
Community Action Program East Central OR
Toll Free: 541-276-1926
Community Action Team (St. Helens)
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon
Douglas County Senior & Disability Services
Phone: (541) 440-3677 Fax: 541-440-3658
Harney County Senior & Community Services Center
Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Council
Lane Council of Governments
Malheur Council on Aging
Mid-Columbia Council of Governments
TTY: (541) 298-3270
Multnomah Co, Aging & Disability Services
Northwest Senior & Disability Services (Salem)
Toll Free: 800-469-8772
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (Albany)
Toll Free: 800-638-0510
Rogue Valley Council of Governments - Senior & Disabled Services
South Coast Business Employment Corp. (Coos Bay)
541-269-2013 or Toll-free 800-858-5777
Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services
Most supermarkets will provide shopping assistants to help you locate your selections. Many are offering online grocery shopping with delivery.
Fred Meyers: www.fredmeyer.com
Instacart: www.instacart.com (also available on iPhone or Android app) Groceries delivered within one hour.
Store to Door of Oregon
A non-profit agency that facilitates independent living for seniors and people with disabilities by providing a low-cost, personalized grocery shopping and delivery service. The area is limited to Multnomah County and parts of Washington County (Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Aloha.)
Phone (503) 200-3333
Fax (971) 239-4951
Most counties in Oregon provide people with disabilities with reduced fares on local public transportation.
Offers discounts to passengers with disabilities. To receive the discount you must book your reservation by telephone or at a ticket counter. You must also provide written documentation of disability at the ticket counter and when boarding the train. Contact Amtrak about the kinds of acceptable forms of documentation of disability.
Toll free: 866-385-8680
Klamath Basin Transit
Lane Transit District
Rogue Valley Transportation District (serving Medford, Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Jacksonville, White City, and Central Point.)
Rogue Valley Lift Dial-A-Ride Service
TriMet (Portland Metro Area)
Offers reduced fares for people with disabilities through an “Honored Citizens” program. To receive this service, contact the Commission for the Blind for an application. TriMet also offers a notebook of large numbers which allows the bus driver to see what bus you are waiting for. This notebook is in large-print with large-cell Braille numbers on each card. To obtain this notebook, call TriMet’s Honored Citizen office or visit the office in person at Pioneer Courthouse Square at Sixth Avenue and Yamhill Street in downtown Portland.
TriMet Lift Service
Provides door to door services for registered customers unable to ride fixed-route buses.
Download their app, order and pay for a car which comes directly to you. Payment is completely cashless.
Similar to Uber, the Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button.
Call Greyhound’s Customers with Disabilities Travel Assistance Line to learn about their Personal Care Attendant program.
Portland International Airport
For air travel, individuals who are blind may request either “Meet and Assist” or “Ground Assistance” services (including wheelchair) for assistance locating gates and getting on the plane. Call the airline representative or travel agent for details.