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ADM-18.33 - Citywide Disability Equity Goals

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Whereas, the Portland Plan defines Equity as when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being, and achieve their full potential; and

Whereas, Census Bureau data documents huge disparities between people living with disabilities and people living without disabilities in our region; and

Whereas, the Portland Plan is organized around an equity framework focused on compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); and

Whereas, Portland City Council created the Office of Equity and Human Rights to promote equity and reduce disparities within City government, focusing on race and disability; and

Whereas, on July 8, 2015 City Council adopted Resolution No 37144, creating, Citywide Racial Equity Goals and strategies;

Now, therefore be it resolved, that the City of Portland adopts as Citywide Disability Equity Goals:

  • All activities, programs, facilities, and services offered by the City of Portland will provide for equitable outcomes and opportunities in accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Hiring and promotions of people experiencing disabilities will be fair and in keeping with the Model Employer of people with disabilities Policy adopted by Resolution 36925 in 2012 and the Model Employer of people with disabilities Strategic Plan adopted by Resolution No 37235 in 2016
  • People experiencing disabilities will be provided equitable opportunities in contracting; and

Be it further resolved, that the City Council directs the Office of Equity and Human Rights to work with bureau partners, including the Bureau of Human Resources, to develop and implement policies promoting the Citywide Disability Equity Goals created by this Resolution, including policies to provide effective communication as defined under Title II of the ADA; and

Be it further resolved, that the Office of Equity and Human Rights will provide a report to City Council by May 31, 2022 regarding implementation of policies and programs developed pursuant to this Resolution; and

Be it further resolved, that the Office of Equity and Human Rights will create Administrative Rules in 2021 to implement this Resolution; and

Be it further resolved, that this Resolution is Binding City Policy.


Passed by City Council November 18, 2020, Resolution No 37517

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