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Disability NEWS -- April 23, 2012

APRIL 23, 2012

 

  • Portland Commission on Disability Meetings
  • Disability Pride Art & Festival performances are April 27 & 28
  • OSU research study seeking people who are deaf or hearing impaired
  • Connecting Communities has announced 2012 event date/theme
  • Grass Masters Charity Golf Tournament is May 7 for OPVA
  • Small Business Development Panel featured at CCC May meeting
  • Portland Commission on Disability and OEHR currently spared budget cuts
  • Lives of people with developmental disabilities featured at film fest
  • Visit the City’s Disability Program Facebook page for current postings

 

Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, April 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights office

The Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

 

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, May 8, 3 to 5 pm

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

 

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, May 14, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

 

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Wednesday, May 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Disability Rights Oregon

610 SW Broadway, Second Floor

 

Disability Pride Art & Festival performances are April 27 & 28

Two nights of performances and a Dance Intensive are being held during the Disability Pride Art & Festival 5 on April 27 and 28 at Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont St, from 7 to 9 pm. The 2012 guest artist is Antoine D. Hunter, an African American Deaf and Hard of Hearing choreographer, dancer, actor and poet and founder/director of Urban Dance Company in Oakland, California.

The festival will also feature performers from around the Portland-metropolitan area. William L. Alton will use poetry and stories to reduce the stigma of mental illness and disability, while Nathan H.G., a ballet and Butoh dancer, will perform “Stanley,” a channeling of his late brother who had cerebral palsy. A video highlighting the many ways our hearts keep us alive is being presented by Alexis Jewel and Max McDonnell, and Jewel and Tiffani King will provide a dance about “how we are different but also strong alive.” Also appearing will be Inclusive Arts Vibe, Kathy Coleman’s dance company for teens and young adults withdisabilities.

For more information, contact the Disability Art and Culture Project at 503-238-0723 or email disabilityartculture@gmail.com. The website for the project is www.dacphome.org.

OSU research study seeking people who are deaf or hearing impaired

The Hearing Loss Association of Portland has reported that Oregon State University is conducting a research project entitled Work Place Experiences of People who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DEAF/HOH). The researchers are seeking working people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

David Baldridge, PhD, is the research manager and a deafened professor at OSU and a former Rochester Institute of Technology professor. His project will collect interview and survey data from experts, people with disabilities, their supervisors and co-workers.

Anyone seeking more information about participating in this research study may contact Baldridge directly at david.baldridge@bux.oregonstate.edu.

Connecting Communities has announced 2012 event date/theme

“Branch Out” is the theme of Connecting Communities Coalition’s (CCC) 2012 Celebrate Ability event to be held on Tuesday, October 23. This is a the fourth year for this night of food, fun and friends celebrating Portland’s vibrant disability community and its accomplishments. CCC will be announcing future opportunities for community members to volunteer with the planning and staging of this popular event that celebrates the diversity of the disability community. Go to CCC’s website at http://www.thecccoalition.org for future announcements.

Grass Masters Charity Golf Tournament is May 7 for OPVA

The Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of Oregon (OPVA) is conducting its annual Green Masters Charity Golf Tournament on May 7 at Salem’s Creekside Golf Club beginning with registration at 10 am and ending with the awards banquet at 5 pm. Support of this key fundraising event helps to ensure that the OPVA can continue to provide vital programs to support America’s veterans. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

OPVA has over three decades of experience as an effective catalyst for positive change in healthcare, civil rights, accessibility, sports and recreation that enhances the quality of life for people with disabilities. More information about the tournament and OPVA is available on their website, www.oregonpva.org or by calling 1-800-333-0782.

Small Business Development Panel featured at CCC May meeting

At Connecting Communities Coalition’s May 10 membership meeting, a Small Business Development panel will be featured to give advice and guidance to budding business owners. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 pm at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch Street. Service organizations for people with disabilities will also be present to help attendees connect with resources that can assist them in beginning the process of starting their own business.

Participants are requested to RSVP so CCC may know who and how many persons will attend. Click http://www.doodle.com/wmuws9yu93sswksn to respond. CCC is also happy to provide any accommodations necessary and requests any accessibility questions or requests be emailed to lavaunch@yahoo.com.

Portland Commission on Disability and OEHR currently spared cuts

In the Mayor’s release on Monday of his Preliminary FY 2012-2013 Budget Decisions on Select Smaller City Bureaus, The Portland Commission on Disability and the Office of Equity & Human Rights are proposed to be protected from budget cuts. Mayor Adams does not want to threaten the success of this newest office because “it is essential that the City fully support this important effort to ensure that Portland is a more equitable and just city…” The release also  states that the Office of Equity and Human Rights will advance policies, programs and practices of the City of Portland which remove systemic barriers related to race and ability thereby ensuring equal opportunity and access.

Lives of people with developmental disabilities featured at film fest
The Sprout Film Festival will feature a collection of innovative and memorable films by and about the lives and accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities on May 12. The fest will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue. Tickets may be purchased online securely through PayPal by clicking the link, www.theriotrocks.org/products/sprout-2012, and looking to the right side of the webpage.


Guests may order from the full McMenamins food and beverage menus in the theater before, during and after the show. All purchases will help meet the food and beverage minimum required to rent the space and bring this premiere event to Portland. There will also be a raffle for an exciting array of prices throughout the evening that have been generously donated by supporters.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Disability Program Facebook page features daily postings of news, videos, events and issues of interest to people with disabilities.  Visit the program’s Facebook page to read these postings and other information posted daily on disability issues, news and concerns.

Get more news/information at the Commissions website

You can access more information on resources, events and the Portland Commission on Disability at the program’s website,

http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=28994.

 

The Commission has begun development of its own website, which is found at www.PortlandDisability.com. There are links for meeting calendars, commissioner profiles and other information. The site will be adding more content as it now is moved to the new Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and watch its development.

 

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