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Disability NEWS -- 4/10/2013


April 10, 2013

  • Incight’s Sixth “Tapping Fresh Talent” Career Expo is April 11th

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings in April

  • CDC opens online docket for public input on health benefits of walking

  • Hearing Loss Association of Portland meets April 16 on Legacy Good Sam campus

  • FACT provides workshop on April 16 to prepare a successful transition to kindergarten

  • Commission on Disability extends an invite to a PCOD Networking Evening

  • Care Connection is First Annual Health Fair/Screening Event on April 19

  • Connecting Communities’ Employment Subcommittee seeks volunteers

  • TriMet conducting SE Bybee Boulevard MAX Station Open House on April 23

  • Attend Free American Diabetes Association Expo for latest info and resources

  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Incight’s “Tapping Fresh Talent”
Career Expo is April 11th

The 2013 Tapping Fresh Talent Career is Wednesday, April 11, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Oregon Convention Center's large exhibit hall. Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services are hosting the sixth Tapping Fresh Talent event to link employers with the skills and talents of Oregonians with disabilities and to grow inclusion with businesses needing those talents.

The career inclusion expo is the place for businesses to expand their diversity, interact with the fastest growing minority, improve their retention, recruit job seekers with disabilities, find interns and more. Workshops are scheduled for job seekers in self empowerment to help reduce limiting beliefs which inhibit success, networking to make a difference for employment and starting one's own business. More information for business and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent website.

Disability Arts & Culture Project
conducting benefit auction on April 14

Join the Disability Arts and Culture Project for live performances, an arts and crafts table for children and youth, and a silent auction representing the best of Portland and beyond on Sunday, April 14, from 2 to 5 pm. The benefit will be at  Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland and costs $8 to $12 on sliding fee scale. See art, music, dance, community, and have a chance to bid on art and culture representing the best of Portland and beyond. More information is available on DACP’s website at this link.

April Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Steele/Bridge Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Friday, April 12, 1 to 3 pm

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, April 18, 4 to 6 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, April 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PLEASE NOTE: All Portland Commission on Disability
meetings and events are open to the public.

CDC opens online docket for public
input on health benefits of walking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the opening of a docket to obtain information from the public on walking as an effective way to be sufficiently active for health. The information obtained will be used to frame an anticipated Surgeon General’s call to action on this issue.

The notice can be found at The 30-day public comment period began on April 1 and ends Tuesday, April 30th. The notice requests information on way to increase walking and community walk-ability on the following topics:

  • Barriers to walking for youth; adults; seniors; persons with a disability; racial and ethnic minorities; and low-income individuals.
  • Evidence-based strategies for overcoming those barriers and their reach and impact to increase physical activity at the population level and among the above mentioned subpopulations.

Monthly Hearing Loss Association
of Portland meeting is April 16th

The fourth meeting of 2013 for the Hearing Loss Association of Portland will be April 16 at 7 pm in the North-South Conference Room (Room 164) in Legacy Good Samaritan’s Building 2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue. At this meeting, Audiologist Eric Frederick will speak about hearing loss and the brain, aging and tinnitus. Next month, two audiologists, Barbara Harris and Marsha Owen, will present a program on communication skills. Since HLA-Portland does not hold monthly meetings during the three summer months, these will the last meetings until September 17th when the nine-month schedule resumes.

Workshop on April 16 to prepare
a successful transition to kindergarten

A free workshop is being held on Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 pm at the Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Street, in Gresham. Family and Community Together (FACT) is conducting the workshop about the transition from preschool to kindergarten that may be full of unknowns for parents of children experiencing disability. The workshop will review the transition process, including information on the transition IEP meeting, common terminology used in the planning process, and ways in which parents and caregivers can successfully advocate for free and appropriate public education [FAPE] for their children. For more information, check out FACT's resource page on kindergarten transition.

Because of the significance and importance of a successful transition into kindergarten, FACT is excited to partner with Educational Service Districts, Head Start, and others providing early intervention/early childhood special education in ensuring that families are prepared for transition. (If interested in partnering with FACT for a future presentation, please contact the organization.)

Register today by using FACT's easy online process at this web link. Anyone with questions or needing assistance filling out the registration, is requested to please email or to call 1-888-988-3228.

Commission on Disability extends
invite to a PCOD Networking Evening

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) invites the community to “A Networking Evening with the Commission” on April 18 at 6 pm. The event will be at the Red Star Tavern, 503 SW Fifth Avenue, in downtown Portland. The Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee is staging this second event for an evening of building connections and partnerships within the equity community and to socialize and meet the PCOD members.

Since this is a no-host event, the organizers have chosen a location with reasonable prices for everyone’s convenience. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Commissioner Heaster at

Care Connection is First Annual Health
Fair/Screening Event on April 19th

Care Connection is a free health fair and screening event that is being held on April 19 from 8 am to 3 pm at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Portland Medical Community, including physicians, physician assistants, and medical and PA students, has joined with the Oregon Medical Association to offer free screening services and education for the uninsured and underinsured in the Portland metro area. Health screenings and services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the duration of the event. Further details are available on the Oregon Medical Association website.

Connecting Communities’ Employment
Subcommittee seeks volunteers

The Connecting Communities Coalition's Employment Subcommittee is looking for volunteers to start researching resources for leading practices in employing people with disabilities. The next meeting for the subcommittee is Monday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch Street.

If anyone is interested to increase employment and improve the work experiences for employers of and employees with disabilities, they are invited to come and join the subcommittee with their new project. The work will provide opportunities to learn about and share resources for innovative proven practices in Workplace Accessibility, Accommodations, Talent Acquisition (recruitment),Talent  Retention, Talent Development, and Diversity and  Inclusion Efforts of employees with disabilities.

TriMet conducting SE Bybee Bvld
MAX Station Open House on April 23

An opportunity to join light rail project staff to review information about the SE Bybee Boulevard MAX Station is available at a TriMet Open House on April 23, from 4 to 7 pm, at Westmoreland Union Manor, 6404 SE 23rd Avenue, in the Multi-Purpose Room. The information being provided will include bus, bike and pedestrian access; Quick-Drop parking; materials, fixtures and finishes; public art, and traffic control during construction.

This location is served by TriMet bus line 19 (Woodstock-Glisan). If driving to the open house, attendees are asked to please park on the street, as the facility’;s parking lot is for resident use only.

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 Commission’s website

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

The Commission has begun development of its own website, which is found at There are links for meeting calendars, the Commission’s Facebook page, commissioner profiles and other information. The site is adding more content now that the Commission has moved to the Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and follow its development.

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