The city of Bend has hired a new employee to help improve access to government services, facilities and events for disabled residents and visitors in Bend. Accessibility Manager Karin Morris will begin work Monday, the city announced Tuesday.
Morris will also work with other city employees to help them understand the intent and local application of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the city.
Bend is working to meet the requirements of a 2004 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Justice Department gave the city a decade to bring its buildings, curb ramps and sidewalks up to ADA requirements, but officials have said recently they do not expect to meet the 2014 deadline.
Part of Morris’ job will also be to help the city manage its settlement agreement with the department. Morris has experience helping hospitals and other health care providers, including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, according to the city. Morris also worked at the Justice Department Disability Rights Section in Washington, D.C., for two years.