Disabilities Discussion Planned

(Excerpted from the Herald and News, dated Sunday, June 7, 2015, Klamath Falls, OR. Submitted by staff reporter Nora Avery-Page)

A listening session will be held on Monday evening to learn more about how the community can better serve people with disabilities.
The Klamath Regional Health Equity Coalition is partnering with the Oregon Health and Sciences University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Oregon on Diversity and Disability, SPOKES Unlimited, and the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU.
A variety of community members are invited to the listening session, including people with disabilities of any kind, family, friends, caregivers, and service providers, said Heidi Vaughn, Regional Health Equity Coalition coordinator, through Klamath County Public Health.
The listening session will cover a wide range of topics, including strengths and challenges surrounding disabilities in the community and general feelings about the community. There will be both large and small group discussions, and topics will be tailored to input from participants. Potential topics include housing, recreation, transportation, health care and more.
“This is not something that happens very often, ” Vaughn said.
The OHSU Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is working to learn more about disability services especially in rural communities, and approached the health department and Vaughn to schedule the listening session, she said.
“Its really a kind of a cool thing to be happening right now,” she said.
The event is a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about what kinds of things are available for community members with disabilities, so that information can better be included in any future policy changes for programs, Vaughn said.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Heidi Vaughn at 541-851-3737 or hvaughn@co.klamath.or.us.