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Lane Independent Living Alliance

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lane Independent Living Alliance 

Organizational development

Lane Independent Living Alliance (LILA) grew out of an important historical movement to ensure that people with disabilities be able to live with as much choice, access and inclusion as possible.

Over the years, LILA has assisted thousands of consumers to achieve greater independence, access and inclusion. We have accomplished this by forming many positive working relationships with organizations and individuals. OVRS contracted with LILA to provide employment readiness trainings in Lane County and in the Salem area. In 2006, Lane Workforce Partnership contracted with LILA to be the “Disability Navigator” at our local one-stop employment center. In 2007, LILA became the statewide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) trainer through a grant from the Northwest ADA Center in Seattle.

In partnership with the Northwest ADA Center, LILA began piloting the BluePath program to promote businesses committed to accessibility. Governor Kulongoski recognized our program by proclaiming October 1, 2009, “Blue Path to Accessible Business Day.” Secretary of State Kate Brown traveled to Eugene to join with Mayor Kitty Piercy in helping induct our twenty-one charter BluePath business members. On January 1, 2010, in partnership with Lane County, LILA began operating a new social and learning center for mental health consumers, the LILA Peer Support Club. In 2010, we helped host the annual state disability Megaconference, held that year at the Eugene Hilton Hotel, and have continued to do so since then.


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