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LILA | staff person and family at LILA summer event

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.

Northwest ADA Center-Oregon

LILA, through our program Northwest ADA Center-Oregon (formerly known as ADA Info-Oregon), serves as the Oregon anchor for the regional Northwest ADA Center. Northwest ADA Center-Oregon provides factual, confidential information to the general public regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and its provisions. Information is provided in three ways:

  1. Answering telephone inquiries about the ADA and sending printed information upon request.
  2. Offering trainings to businesses and consumers on the ADA and its provisions.
  3. Providing access surveys to businesses, non-profits and government agencies to determine compliance with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines upon request.

Northwest ADA Center-Oregon can be reached by telephone at the LILA general number (541-607-7020).

Contact: Eugene Organ –
or Dawn Helwig –

Blue Path

News & Events

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

LILA, through its Northwest ADA Center-Oregon 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 is managed by the Northwest ADA Center Regional DBTAC at the University of Washington. 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 –
or Bo Reitz –

Independent Living Skills Training – Free Classes

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
  • Practical Money Skills Class – Learn How to Manage Your Money

More information is available here .

Contact: Aaron Saldana –

Information and Referral (I & R)

Information and referrals on housing, rent issues, transportation issues, bus tokens and passes, financial assistance, local resources, adaptive equipment, accessibility modifications, programs and services for people with disabilities.

Cora Jones – (supervisor)
Christine Riley –
Tony Atiles –
Elizabeth Bennett –
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 –

Support Group - Free

Is every Wednesday at LILA from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Suite 325.

Contact: Marsha Evans –

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 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
  • Bingo

Download the brochure.

Contact: Marsha Evans –

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Living Well With MS Support Group

Held every second Tuesday of the month at 12:00 pm in the Sloat Room, Atrium Building, 99 W. 10th Avenue, Eugene.

Contact: Leanna Bennett – or 541-686-3575

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 –

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.