About Community Access Services
Community Access Services is a private nonprofit organization that provides residential, community, and employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live and work in our community. Serving Oregonians for more than 30 years, Community Access Services is a trusted service provider dedicated to the advocacy of individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CAS serves individuals in Columbia, Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah, Hood River, and Wasco Counties.
CAS was created in response to the housing and support needs of individuals who were leaving Oregon's state institution, the Fairview Training Center. From 1989 to 1999, CAS built the capacity to support forty adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, establishing and sustaining eight group homes in Columbia, Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties. Each program was individualized to meet the needs of those in the home. Several homes were medically specialized, staffed with licensed nurses, and three with nurse managers. CAS also developed day support activity services in Columbia County and the Portland Metro area.
During this time, CAS also built and sustained support for several individuals who live in their own apartments, through its Supported Living services. CAS professionals provide periodic, individualized, non-intrusive support to individuals in this program, supporting them in maintaining their independence in their homes and workplace.