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 Committee on Disability Inclusion
- 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 Committee on Disability Inclusion comprises 15 members representing Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Committee members are appointed to a two-year term. The Metro DEI director appointed the first 15 members of the CODI in October 2023. Committee members bring a number of key demonstrated skills, including:
- A strong personal commitment to accessibility and disability inclusion
- Connection and partnership with regional disabilities communities
- Personal and community investment in Metro’s service areas
- Experience, skills and knowledge in policy development, evaluation, local government and/or public sector partnerships.
- a.c.ramirez de arellaño
- Alicia Riddle
- Annadiana Johnson
- Cynthia Castañeda
- Daniel Salomon
- Erin Taylor
- Jasmine Fletcher
- Jenna Bruntz
- Karen Houston
- Katie Finnigan
- Michael Szporluk
- Mike Foley
- Muni Kalenandi
- Rae Cyders
- Shilo Mandy George