Metro strives to be a welcoming and inclusive place for people of all abilities. It wants to ensure people can access and enjoy Metro venues, parks, programs and services without any barriers. Metro’s vision is to transform structures and processes not only to identify and remove barriers to access and participation but also to center the experiences of disabilities communities and their needs.
Goals of the Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Apply an intersectional accessibility lens to the way Metro makes decisions and adopts practices and procedures, especially in areas that most affect people with disabilities.
- Strengthen long-term relationships and connections between Metro and community partners and organizations that support and advocate for people with disabilities.
- Improve the outcomes and experiences for people with disabilities any time they access Metro programs, services, activities, and facilities.
The Accessibility Advisory Committee comprises 15 members representing Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Committee members are appointed to a two-year term.
The committee places a priority on achieving a diverse representation of disability experiences, including but not limited to the following:
- Deaf or hard of hearing
- Blindness or low vision
In addition, the committee welcomes those with multiple, intersecting identities including but not limited to:
- Black people, Indigenous people, people of color
- Young adults ages 18-25
- Older adults or elders
- People who earn low incomes