Oregon Commission for the Blind

General Information

Oregon Commission for the Blind
535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 673 1588

Brief Description

The Commission for the Blind is the specialized agency for services to individuals who are blind Authorized under Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. We provide vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to eligible Oregonians that allow individuals to meet their employment and independent living goals.


Angel Hale, Director, Rehabilitation Services, angel.hale@state.or.us, 971 673 1588 ext.31594

Jason Clary, Director - Orientation & Career Center, jason.clary@state.or.us, 971 673 1588

Eric Morris, Director, Business Enterprise Program, eric.morris@state.or.us, 971 673 1588 ext.31578

Dacia Johnson, Executive Director, dacia.johnson@state.or.us, 971 673 1588 ext.31591

Malinda Carlson, Director of Independent Living Services, malinda.carlson@state.or.us, 971 673 1578

Gail Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, gail.ab.stevens@state.or.us, 971 673 1588

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Offers vocational and personal counseling and guidance. Refers for other counseling/social work services.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides pre-vocational evaluation, career and skill counseling, job retention, vocational placement, follow-up service, vending facility training. Refers for other employment-oriented services.

  • Professional Training
    • Offers regular in-service training programs; also open to enrollment from other agencies.

  • Recreation Services
    • Offers challenge course. Refers for other recreational/leisure services.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Prvoides training in personal management, handwriting, computer technology, typing, video magnifier, electronic mobility devices, and home management in client's home and community.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Consults, assists in job placement, job restructuring, adaptive equipment.

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers courses in reading braille as well as using braille equipment.

  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision specialist on staff.

  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to aging programs.

  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups.