LILA is a cross-disability, consumer driven organization. Our goal is to help people with disabilities achieve as much choice, access, inclusion and independence as possible. We invite you to learn more about the many programs LILA offers and to consider becoming a voting member of LILA. Working together, we can break down societal barriers so that all people with disabilities are free to fulfill their potential.
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LILA, through its ADA program, launched the Blue Path program in Lane County. (A list of Oregon BluePath businesses is available at LILA's BluePath page.) The program is a partnership between places of public accommodation and the disability community. Area businesses are encouraged to participate by conducting an accessibility evaluation of their operation. If approved for Blue Path membership, the establishment is recognized as basically accessible and welcoming to patrons with disabilities.
Blue Path members are listed on a website which was started by the Northwest ADA Center Regional DBTAC at the University of Washington and is now administered jointly by Disability Action Center Northwest in Idaho and LILA in Oregon . The website can serve as a marketing tool for potential customers with disabilities. Persons with disabilities can then offer comments about the accessibility and disability friendliness experienced at member businesses.
LILA also offers training opportunities and consultation for Blue Path member businesses.
Twenty-one Lane County businesses became Blue Path members at our Blue Path inauguration on October 1, 2009. Governor Kulongoski issued a proclamation declaring that day “Blue Path to Accessible Business Day” in Oregon. Secretary of State Kate Brown and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy attended a media event to launch the program and to “roll out” a blue carpet to acknowledge the Blue Path program and its Lane County members. LILA is the Blue Path coordinator for Oregon.
Consumer Outreach Program
Reaching out to unserved and underserved communities in Lane County, namely Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Minority, Rural, Homeless and Youth. Bringing LILA’s services to those who live outside the Eugene/Springfield area.
Disability Navigator Program
- Assist consumers to use the resources at The Workforce Network.
- Provide information and referral to programs, services, and resources.
- Help consumers understand Social Security and other benefits, and the effect of employment on benefits.
People who experience multiple barriers to employment can benefit from Career and Resource Mapping (CRM). Call the Disability Navigator Line, 541-686-7503, for more information.
The Disability Navigators also guide the One-Stop Career Center staff in helping people with disabilities access and navigate the various programs that impact their ability to gain/retain jobs. The Disability Navigators bring together multiple partners to foster a collaborative effort by creating Integrated Resource Teams to address individual barriers to employment.
Contact: Johann Mueller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Living Skills Training
LILA offers free classes for anyone with a disability. These include:
- All You Need to Know About Applying for SSI/SSDI Benefits
- Housing 101: How to Find a Place to Live
- Job Club
- Practical Money Skills Class – Learn How to Manage Your Money
More information is available here .
Information and Referral (I & R)
Information and referrals on housing, rent issues, transportation issues, financial assistance, local resources, job search, adaptive equipment, accessibility modifications, understanding and completing paperwork, and programs and services for people with disabilities.
Cora Jones (supervisor) – email@example.com
Tony Atiles – firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Bennett – email@example.com
Lynne McKinney – firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Phillips – email@example.com
Bo Reitz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Shearer – email@example.com
LILA Accessible Mental Health Program (LAMHP)
Offers one-on-one counseling and classes, such as Eliminating Self-Defeating Behavior, Work Readiness & Disability Management, Assertiveness Training, Talking with Feelings, and a Dreams class.
Contact: Bjo Ashwill – firstname.lastname@example.org
LILA Peer Support Club
Located at 990 Oak Street (corner of 10th & Oak). Provides mental health survivors with a safe place to gather for socialization, an opportunity for peer support, and various classes, groups and activities that lead to greater self-sufficiency, self-expression, and personal growth. Programs and classes which may be offered include:
- Money/budget management
- Computer/internet use
- Drumming group
- Information on access to other needed mental health or community services
- Nutrition information
- Exercise class
- Art class
- Self-help and personal growth
- Expand training for peer support and how to handle crisis situations
- Quiet room and library space
- Laughing Matters improv group
- Anime club
- Ecstatic dance group
- Job Readiness class
- Crocheting/knitting class
- Field trips
- Game night
- Ladies Only Afternoon
Download the brochure.
Contact: Marsha Evans – email@example.com
LILA Wednesday Support Group
Is every Wednesday at LILA from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the True North conference room.
LILA is a co-sponsor of the Opal Network, a community based consumer-driven group created to encourage the empowerment of the voice of mental health consumer/ survivors. Representatives of mental health providers and advocates as well as mental health consumer/survivors meet to work through the issues important to empowering the consumer voice. The Opal network events occur on every fifth Tuesday, which is approximately quarterly at the Eugene Library.
Contact: Bjo Ashwill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon ADA Center
LILA, through our program Oregon ADA Center (formerly known as Northwest ADA Center-Oregon and ADA Info-Oregon), provides factual, confidential information to the general public regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and its provisions. Information is provided in three ways:
- Answering telephone inquiries about the ADA and sending printed or electronic information upon request.
- Offering trainings to businesses and consumers on the ADA and its provisions.
- Providing access surveys to businesses, non-profits and government agencies to determine compliance with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines upon request.
A mental health recovery program to help anyone with a mental disability. The peer recovery support specialists can help with support, information and referral, service coordination, and peer counseling services. They can also help with preparing Psychiatric Advance Directives. Rotating classes and groups are offered each month.
Work Incentives Network (WIN)
Helps VR consumers with disabilities who are currently on Social Security understand what impact returning to work may have on their benefits. The first step is to contact the Work Incentive Coordinator at LILA – Merrinda Kelly at 541-607-7020 or email@example.com.