Community Vision's logo with a white background - On the left, a human figure in white with four petals of color (orange & red, green, yellow & orange, and aqua) framing the figure. To the right, the word community in aqua above the word vision in dark blue.



November 2021

Community Vision provides services, education, and advocacy to ensure that people with disabilities direct their own lives. We work with our community to foster inclusion, enhance accessibility, and achieve systems change. 

Upcoming Dates

Nov 23rd - End of Year Fundraising Campaign Launches

Dec 17th - Fundraising Campaign Ends

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Supported Living Update

Devon, a young white man with brown hair and glasses smiles while he holds a hippo puppet.


Devon just launched his Mr. D and Hippo YouTube Channel, making progress towards his dreams of working with children. His inflection is fantastic and he asks wonderful engaging questions!

Odessa started a female wrestling art series with North Pole Studio. We can't wait to share some of her work!

Justin started a community college course. Way to go!

Matt, a young white man with dirty blonde hair and glasses, smiles with one fist in the air and an other one holding an apartment key.


Matt moved into his new apartment. Congratulations, Matt!

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Employment Connections

Employment has been busy!

The team has been busy supporting 9 people in their current positions. 

And we are celebrating 7 people being in their jobs for a year or more.

Jonathan is still working at Trader Joe's and loves being part of such an amazing team. If you missed the update, he is a cashier, and has been working all through the pandemic! 

Jonathan, a young black man wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, a black beanie, and jeans, stocking shelves at Trader Joe's.

End of Year Campaign Launches on Giving Tuesday!

Words Giving Tuesday with the v as the woven Giving Tuesday heart

Our goal is to raise $40,000, and we are already almost halfway there with support from our Board and corporate sponsors!

We have chosen to hold a digital fundraising campaign this year.

It will launch on Nov 30th, Giving Tuesday, and continue through Dec 17th.

Our campaign this year will support our Assistive Technology Lab. The past two years have shown an exponential need for our Assistive Technology Lab. From connecting people to our virtual world, accessing distance learning, navigating telehealth, and combating isolation, AT has been critical. We have also seen the glaring need to reach those communities who would otherwise not be able to access life-changing AT. In the upcoming year, we will ensure our program addresses AT needs at each phase of the lifespan with special focus on underserved populations.

Key Bank Logo
Unitus Community Credit Union Logo
Abeona Group Logo
Brown & Brown Insurance Northwest
PGE Logo
Columbia Bank Logo

Interested in being a Sponsor of our Campaign? 

Contact Jill Cabral-Schinn at or (503) 292-4964.

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Assistive Technology (AT) Lab


Free Loan Closet - The Lab has a growing inventory of Assistive Technology to loan over a 2-week period. To make informed decisions around AT selection, it can be helpful to use equipment at home or in the community. Pick-up and drop-off are in-person during Open Hours (or by appointment). Free instructional support is provided at pick-up.

Open Hours - We are still offering Open Lab Hours by appointment or you can Contact Us via phone or email for free AT information. 

Social Groups - Do you use AT in your everyday life or support someone who does? If so, please Contact Us to learn about our current social groups or request a group that interests you. Our adult AAC-user group meets monthly October – June!

Available Funding for AT for Children

We are administrators of funding through the Sidney & Lilian Zetosch Fund. The purpose of the funding is to purchase educational equipment for children with disabilities living in households with little income. For children who meet the criteria, the AT Lab uses the funds to buy educational equipment that is not readily covered by school systems, medical insurance, or county/state funding (such as K-Plan). The funds also cover free initial training and support by the AT Lab after equipment is received, as well as up to two hours of support for equipment selection. 

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Community Engagement

Check out Katie Carlsen's Exhibition in our Gallery!

Lake Oswego Artist, Katie Marie Carlsen, has a rich and diverse creative practice that includes dance, choir and visual art.  Katie continuously expands her creativity through art classes at PHAME, school of arts and performance.  Katie finds art relaxing—she enjoys creating patterns and designs, drawing wedding gowns and brings joy to friends and family by drawing portraits on birthday and greeting cards.  Katie primarily works in pencils and ink, markers and watercolors.  The work in Katie’s stunning collection, currently showing in the Community Vision, Inc Art Gallery.  Located in the Seven Corners Collaborative Building at 2475 SE Ladd Avenue, on the southside of the building facing Division Street at 20th.  Katie’s Exhibit runs from October 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

This collaborative exhibit was made possible through a long-standing organizational partnership between Community Vision and PHAME.  PHAME is a school of arts and performance.  Their classes range from musical theatre to song writing, from digital photography to poetry.  Their performance program puts students in front of audiences in Portland and beyond.

Katie Carlsen, a young white woman in a pink jacket, and John Canda, Community Engagement Director, a black man in a blue blazer and black hat, stand in front of Katie's exhibition.

Katie Carlsen and John Canda

Now that it has cooled down, come see Austin's work for FREE at: 2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214

(On the corner of Division St. and Tamarack Ave. Alley)


Support Community Vision When Holiday Shopping

If you sign-up, both Amazon and Fred Meyer will donate a portion of your purchases to Community Vision at no cost to you!

Laddie's Corner


HI People,

Realizing the current state in our society and also with recent events that have happened in my life, I would like to do my part to ensure that I provide a safe and inviting environment for all people I may interact with in the future. I realize that the whole world has changed, and I want to change with it; I don't want to be so old school! 
I recently had the idea that I would really benefit from trainings that addressed diversity, equity and inclusion. I wanted to be more aware of how my attitude, words and actions impact others. I did some asking around and, to my surprise, I was flooded with options for these courses. My friend Dena provided me with a list of trainings available over Zoom and was able to register for one in no time. The DEI course I received was very informative and has changed how I think about things. I’m just getting started in this 6-week course but so far it has been an eye opener.  

I recommend that all people take a DEI training in the future not just for work purposes but also for personal reasons as well. As we all adapt to changes in our world we must do our best to treat each other with kindness and understanding. I look forward to learning more in the future and sharing with you all.

Laddie, an older white man in a baseball hat and red Blazers sweatshirt, sits in his wheelchair with art on the walls behind him.

If you have any resources or suggestions to help me, please send them my way and if you are curios, don’t be afraid to ask your coordinator about any of these courses for yourself. As always, thank you for your time and consideration.


Laddie Read 

(Assisted by Adrian McWilliams-Holden)

Want to make a meaningful difference in people's lives?


Want to be part of a passionate team that is dedicated to making change?


We're Hiring!!

Benefits include Employer Paid Healthcare and Hiring & Retention Bonuses!

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Housing Access

Since launching in 2020, the Housing Access Program has helped over 35 people find an affordable place to call home!

We are also celebrating that the first participant in our rent assistance pilot program has moved into their apartment, with a second one about to move in. 

Other members of the program are going through person-centered plans and others are about to begin their Rent Well classes, where they will lean about being a tenant.  


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Community Vision has a working Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that guides our actions and intentions towards advancing DEI both internally and externally. This plan is implemented, monitored, and revised by the Leadership Team and an Equity Committee, which is comprised of a diverse group of employees. The Equity Committee meets monthly to review progress towards the plan goals and make recommendations as needed, ensuring that the organization is held accountable for practicing equity and inclusion, not simply professing them. Some of the practical steps we have taken over the past year include:

  • -Creating pay structures for hourly staff with greater transparency.
  • -Using technology to collect better demographic data among employees.
  • -Implementing “Radical Wellness” training for all staff that strongly emphasizes employees prioritize personal and emotional health before caring for others.
  • -Conducting focus groups among staff and individuals served to gain insight into areas of challenges, opportunity, and growth.

Thank You for Funding Our Work!


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JPMorgan Chase Logo
Ronald D. Naito Foundation Logo

Thank you to US Bank and JPMorgan Chase for supporting our Housing Access Program. This support improves the economic stability and quality of life for people with disabilities. It allows people to find a place to call home.

Community Engagement

City of Portland Seal

Thank you to The City of Portland's Community Healing Through Arts Initiative for their support for our Community Engagement Program. Their funding will allow us to launch an Open Mics & Open Walls Nights with Uplifted Boutique and Good Medicine Theater.

Thank you Harvest Century Riders!

Former Harvest Century bicyclists biking a road between a vineyard and trees. There are hazy hills in the distance.
Former Harvest Century bicyclists biking at an intersection in front of a vineyard.
Former Harvest Century bicyclists biking a road between two grass fields.
Former Harvest Century bicyclists biking a road through a meadow.

A big thank you to all those who joined us for this year's Harvest Century!

It was so great to see everyone and we raised almost $4,000 to support our work.

Look forward to seeing you all again next year!


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2475 SE Ladd Ave Suite 240 | Portland, Oregon 97214
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