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Present Duties

The mission of the Commission for the Blind (OCB) is to empower Oregonians who are blind to fully engage in life. The commission was established in 1937 and has evolved to be a consumer driven organization with a citizen governing body, appointed by the governor, that represents consumer organizations, education, ophthalmology/optometry, businesses and individual citizens who are blind. The agency operates under its enabling statutes and through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The commission has 57 full-time equivalent staff who provide services throughout the state.

OCB’s major program objectives include helping Oregonians who are blind get and keep jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families; training Oregonians in alternative skills related to blindness such as adaptive technology, white cane travel, Braille and activities of daily living; helping seniors and individuals with vision loss who are unable to work live with high levels of independence and self-sufficiency so they can remain in their homes and stay active in their communities; and licensing and supporting business owners who operate food service and vending operations in public buildings and facilities throughout the state.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 535 SE 12th, Portland 97214
Telephone: 971-673-1588, Toll-free: 1-888-202-5463
Fax: 503-234-7468
General Email:
Contact: Dacia Johnson, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Dacia Johnson
Records Officer Email: Dacia Johnson
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 346.110–346.270
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog