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Our Programs

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.

Blue Path

News & Events

For upcoming events, such as fundraisers, conferences, workshops, and our annual meeting, click here for information.

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.

Contact: Eugene Organ –
or Dawn Helwig –

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.

Contact: Elizabeth Bennett –
or Tim Shearer –

Disability Navigator Program

Disability Navigators:

  1. Assist consumers to use the resources at The Workforce Network.
  2. Provide information and referral to programs, services, and resources.
  3. Help consumers understand Social Security and other benefits, and the effect of employment on benefits.
Consumers can call The Workforce Network at 541-686-7503 to schedule an individual appointment with a Disability Navigator.

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 –

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 .

Contact: Carolanne Sudderth -
or Nena Buterbaugh –

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) –
Tony Atiles –
Elizabeth Bennett –
Lynne McKinney –
Robert Phillips –
Bo Reitz –
Tim Shearer –

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, MS in Counseling Psychology, LPC,

LILA Peer Support Club

LILA | Peer Support Club photo

Located at 990 Oak Street (corner of 10th & Oak). Provides mental health survivors with a safe place to gather to socialize, get support, or participate in a variety of programs and classes. For more information, check our Peer Support Club page.

Contact: Marsha Evans –

LILA Wednesday Support Group

Is every Wednesday at LILA from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the True North conference room.

Marsha Evans,
Kent Gross,
Biff Hazelton, PSS,
Libbie Rascon, PSS,

OPAL Network

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, MS in Counseling Psychology, LPC,

Oregon ADA Center

LILA, through our program Oregon ADA Center provides factual, confidential information to the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act, its provisions, and accessibility.

Contact: Eugene Organ,

True North

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.


Marsha Evans,
Kent Gross,
Biff Hazelton, PSS,
Libbie Rascon, PSS,

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