Many resources exist in the Portland Metro area and beyond for people with disabilities. Here are some links to organizations offering services and information:
Independent Living Resources
ILR Offers programming, community-based resource references, and social groups that enable people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.
Wheel Connect is a meetup for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), their families, and those interested in supporting and learning from the SCI community.
Incight is dedicated to assisting people with physical disabilities unlock their true potential through educational resources and scholarships.
Oregon Department of Health Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)
VR assists disabled individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests, and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide individualized services that are essential to employment success.
Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services
The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) helps seniors, people with disabilities, care providers, and loved ones, identify and connect with necessary resources such as enrollment in government services, investigating abuse, locating adult care homes, and connecting with culturally specific services.
Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS)
Based in central Oregon, OAS provides year-round adaptive recreational lessons and opportunities for adults dependent on wheelchairs for mobility.
Portland Parks and Recreation Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
AIR offers activities designed to help people who have a disability and/or special needs to use their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, well-being, and independence.
Portland Pounders are Portland’s award-winning wheelchair rugby team. The Pounders challenge the personal public perception of the athletic limitations of spinal cord injured adults. Games are exciting, fast-paced, and family friendly.
The Portland metro area offers several accessible transportation options. Check out this list and see which one best suits your needs:
Digital & Print Resources
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and their families, the Reeve Foundation is a great resource for information regarding daily living, medical research, connecting with mentors, and discovering resources available in your local community.
New Mobility Magazine
This magazine is the official publication of the United Spinal Association. It’s goal is to encourage the full integration of active wheelchair users into mainstream society. Ninety percent of its writers live with disability!