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Oregon Commission for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Oregon Commission for the Blind
535 SE 12th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 673-1588 (Local)
(503) 234-7468 (Fax)
(888) 202-5463 (Toll-Free)
(971) 673-1577 (TDD/TTY)

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.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1600
Number of staff: We have 68 total positions that provide vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to
Staff description: 68 Staff positions. Includes rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Low Vision Specialists, Technology Specialists.
Geographic area served: Oregon.


OCB Medford Office
228 North Holly
Medford, OR 97501

Eugene Office
541 Willamette
Room 408
Eugene, OR 97401

Salem Office
336 Leslie St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

OCB Redmond Office
813 SW Highland Ave, Suite 102
Redmond, OR 97756


Sarah Jo Chaplen, Director of Independent Living Services, (971) 673-1588,
Jason Clary, Director - Orientation & Career Center, (971) 673-1588,
Angel Hale, Director, Rehabilitation Services, (971) 673-1588 31594,
Dacia Johnson, Executive Director, (971) 673-1588 31591,
Eric Morris, Director, Business Enterprise Program, (971) 673-1588 31578,
Gail Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, (971) 673-1588,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Counseling
    • Offers vocational and personal counseling and guidance. Refers for other counseling/social work 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.
  • 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.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to aging programs.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Low vision specialist on staff.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers challenge course. Refers for other recreational/leisure services.
  • Support Groups
    • Offers support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers courses in reading braille as well as using braille equipment.
    • Offers courses in reading braille as well as using braille equipment.
  • Education Services
    • Offers college preparatory program and remedial education. Accepts legally blind persons and multiply disabled persons.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Offers a seven-week Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) in which participants get to live and work with friends, experience life away from home, learn a few things, and make some cash in the process. The work week consists of 30 hours spent on the job-site. The rest of the time will be learning independent living skills or participating in recreational activities.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Consults, assists in job placement, job restructuring, adaptive equipment.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers regular in-service training programs; also open to enrollment from other agencies.
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