By Emilie Boyles of Portland, Oregon. Emilie Boyles is a voter-owned candidate for Portland City Council.
Our campaign has issued a challenge to all candidates stumping in Multnomah County. Thought this might be of interest to the readers of Blue Oregon.
Portland is home to approximately 6,900 individuals with developmental disabilities.
Many of those individuals participate in meaningful activity through job programs contracted by the Multnomah Office of Developmental Disabilities. Meaningful activities means participants complete paid tasks as a precursor to working in integrated environments. However, if no paid work is available, these employees show up every day and practice work skills in order to maintain them.
Political candidates have many tasks often sent out to traditional businesses for folding, assembling, and other repetitious work. Work activity centers provide local businesses with competitively priced services with quality results.
The Boyles for Portland campaign has contracted with Port City Development Center, for example, to produce campaign buttons.
Emilie Boyles challenges all other candidates in the city of Portland to likewise contact local employment programs for persons with developmental disabilities (there are 25 acknowledge by the Multnomah County office of Developmental Disabilities) and contract a minimum of one service to one program.
For the Good of Portland,