The Oregon Disabilities Commission, a 15-member body whose members are appointed by the governor, is seeking applicants to fill at least five vacant volunteer positions.

"We want members who represent a mix of disability, ethnicity and geography, and who are knowledgeable about public policy issues that affect Oregonians with disabilities," said Janine DeLaunay, commission director .

Commission members must be able to meet six times a year in Salem and to serve on at least one standing committee. Expenses are reimbursed.

The commission advises the governor, the Legislature and state agencies on service and resource needs of people with disabilities and recommends appropriate actions to address issues that are identified.

People interested in applying or learning more may call toll-free (800) 358-3117 (voice, TTY) or e-mail Applicants will be asked to complete an interest form, submit a letter of recommendation

from a disability-related organization, and write a letter describing their skills, interests and experience advocating for people with disabilities.

Applications must be returned by Dec. 5. State law requires a majority of commissioners to be people with disabilities. Applicants need not be disabled to be considered.

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