Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, was recently recognized by the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living.
The District 30 legislator received the 2017 Betha Kagayama Legislator of the Year Award at the State Independent Living Council’s Dec. 1 meeting at the Salem Convention Center. AOCIL represents Oregon’s seven consumer-driven, peer-based Centers for Independent Living in working to advance the rights of all people with disabilities.
Ferrioli was recognized for his extraordinary advocacy and leadership in government on behalf of the independent living movement and the thousands of men, women and young people with physical, mental and sensory disabilities. The award is given in the name of Betha Kagayama, a lifelong constituent of Malheur County who dedicated her life’s work to advocate for people with disabilities.
Throughout his tenure as a state legislator, AOCIL said Ferrioli has been a staunch supporter of programs that empower people with disabilities. During the 2017 session, he supported legislation to fund childhood screening for vision and hearing impairment, to require additional training for professionals in suicide risk assessment and treatment, to provide services for adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis, and to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities who require an organ transplant.
Ferrioli, who was first elected to the state legislature in 1996, recently accepted an appointment to the Northwest Power & Conservation Council.
For more about the AOCIL, visit www.aocil.org.