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Disability NEWS - July 9, 2013

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July 9, 2013

  • ADA: Moving Forward celebration set for July 26 at Portland City Hall

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • Sharing Ideas’ presentation ‘Swap, Glean, Exchange’ is set for July 11

  • RACC seeks works on paper to purchase for a Visual Chronicle of Portland

  • Usher Syndrome Family Conference to be July 13 for families and providers

  • Healthy Lifestyles Academy will be July 22-26 for youth ages 15 to 25

  • Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon conducting Irish celebration on July 28

  • Nominations are open for the 2013 Making a Difference Awards in the fall

  • Library awarded ALA and StoryCorps grant to record Portlanders’ stories

  • Project Grant Program deadline is August 7 for awards up to $6,000

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

ADA: Moving Forward celebration is July 26 at Portland City Hall

The 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrated at Portland’s City Hall on July 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. ADA Moving Forward is the event’s theme and it is being co-hosted by the Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) and the Connecting Communities Coalition.

Live music will be provided by the ILR Music Collective in the City Hall Courtyard, 1221 SW 4th Ave., along with several invited speakers. Cake and refreshments are planned to be served inside City Hall’s first floor atrium area.

PCOD’s chair, Joe VanderVeer, and Commissioner Amanda Fritz will open the celebration with Fritz reading a proclamation and reporting on her work as a city commissioner regarding the ADA. There are also activities planned for audience participation. ASL interpretation is also scheduled.

The event’s planning committee expects a large turnout to honor the passage of ADA on the anniversary of its signing into law in 1990. Census data indicates that there are currently 58 million persons with disabilities in the U.S. Of these, over 38 million have a severe disability, indicating the ADA’s importance by specifically prohibiting discrimination and mandating equal opportunity for both employment and public services. It has empowered individuals with disabilities and enabled them to take a more active role in society.

 

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, July 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, July 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

St. Johns Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, August 9, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Steele/Bridge Rooms, 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.

Sharing Ideas’ presentation ‘Swap, Glean, Exchange’ is set for July 11

Sharing Ideas presents a Swap, Glean, Exchange event on Thursday, July 11 where participants can discover amazing ideas that strengthen the community. The free event is sponsored by Community Legacy Program of Our United Villages and will be from 6 to 8 pm at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Avenue in Portland.

The presentation features two grassroots groups dedicated to sharing resources, Swap Positive and Neighborhood Gleaners. Swap Positive is a network that facilitates and promotes neighborhood swaps throughout the metro area, encouraging the reuse of items such as clothing, tools and other stuff. The Neighborhood Gleaners is a volunteer effort, collecting food from farmers markets and redistributing it to low-income seniors. They are currently working with the Hollywood and Woodstock markets.

Come celebrate and discover the many ways in which individuals and groups are making a positive difference in our community. Presenters will share their inspiration for their project, how they turned the idea into action and how the project engages the community.

 

RACC seeks works on paper to purchase for Visual Chronicle of Portland

The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) is seeking works on paper—prints, drawings, paintings on paper and photographs—to purchase for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2013.

The Visual Chronicle of Portland is a collection of original works on paper that portray artists’ perceptions of what makes the city of Portland, Oregon, unique. The Chronicle is owned by the City, and since its inception in 1985, it has grown to 303 works by 179 different artists. For more information, including how to submit work, click here.

 

Usher Syndrome Conference to be July 13 for families and providers

The Coalition for Usher Syndrome Research, the Decibels Foundation and Hear See Hope are proud to sponsor the fifth-family focused Usher Syndrome Conference in Portland on Saturday, July 13. The conference is being held at the Embassy Suites Downtown, 319 SW Paine Street, Portland. Families of children and adults with Usher syndrome, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, teachers of deaf-blind, and service providers are invited to learn the latest on the causes, management, and treatments of Usher syndrome.

Usher syndrome is a genetic disorder causing various degrees of congenital hearing loss and deafness, a progressive debilitating vision disorder known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and in many cases, vestibular dysfunction.  Usher syndrome is the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the western world. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are often successful in addressing hearing loss. To date, no proven therapies exist for RP. This presentation offers talks that emphasize both research and living with Usher syndrome.

For more information and to register visit the Usher Syndrome Family Conference webpage.

 

Healthy Lifestyles Academy will be July 22-26 for youth ages 15 to 25

The Healthy Lifestyles Dream It, Do it! Academy will be Monday, July 22, through  Friday, July  26, from 10 am to 3pm at the United Way Building, 619 SW Eleventh Avenue,  First Floor Conference Room in downtown Portland. Youth, ages 15 to 25 with all types of disabilities, are eligible to participate in fun games and activities where each participant will set a personal health and independence goal. A healthy lunch is provided each day.

There will be a graduation for parents, friends and family on Friday afternoon with six monthly follow up Dream It, Do It Club meetings head after the academy. The fee is $200. Anyone with questions or needing further information may contact David Charles at davichar@ohsu.edu or call 503-494-3281.

 

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon featuring Irish celebration on July 28

An event featuring live Celtic music, food, fun and libations (Irish style) is being held on Sunday, July 28, by the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR). The event will be at Maher’s Irish Pub, 353 SW B Avenue in Lake Oswego, with no cover charge.

BIAOR reports that Maher’s has a menu offering traditional Irish cuisine and a fine mix of excellent wines and brews. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to help fund BIAOR programs that are provided to those living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. For further information, please call 800-544-5243 or contact Sherry Stock, BIAOR executive director at sherry@biaoregon.org.

 

Nominations are open for the 2013 Making a Difference Awards

Individuals and groups who make a difference to the Portland disability community are honored annually with the Making a Difference Awards. This year, the awards will be presented at the Connecting Communities Coalition fall event, “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action,” on October 16.

The community is invited to nominate an individual, youth, organization or business that they feel deserves recognition for their service to the disability community. The nominations are now open on the City's Disability Program website. Further details are available on the site, including an online application form or a printable form to submit by mail or fax. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1, 2013.

 

Library awarded ALA and StoryCorps grant to record Portlanders’ stories

Everybody has a story and there's an opportunity for people to share their memories and reflections. Multnomah County Library was recently awarded a grant from American Library Association (ALA) and StoryCorps to record and maintain an archive of people’s stories.

The grant provides for equipment that will record the stories of library patrons throughout the summer at Central Library.  These recordings (40 minutes each in length) will be archived (with the storyteller's permission) at the Library of Congress and here at Multnomah County Library.

Each session will take approximately 75 minutes and the library will offer them on Sundays, Tuesday evenings, and Fridays from June through August in Room 2B at the Central Library. Volunteer Services will have facilitators working with patrons to record the stories.

To participate, register online at www.multcolib.org/events, search for "StoryCorps" in the library, or call 503-998-5234.

 

Project Grant Program deadline is August 7 for awards up to $6,000

The Project Grant Program of the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) provides financial support to Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas County not-for-profit organizations and individual artists for Project Based Arts Programming. Grants are awarded up to $6,000 and are available in three categories: Artistic Focus, Community Participation and Arts-In-Schools.

A project is a specific art presentation, exhibit or creation of work that is fully executed within a specified timeline and contains a public component. A project possesses artistic quality, imaginative scope and vision, and is fully executed within a specified timeline.

Deadlines begin August 7 for projects occurring in the upcoming calendar year. Deadlines for Arts-In-Schools are at a different time. For more information, please click this link on the RACC website.

 

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:

http://www.portlandonline.com/equityandhumanrights/index.cfm?c=49185

The Commission has begun development of its own website, which is found at www.PortlandDisability.com. 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.

To update your contact information, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter or if you wish to submit information for the newsletter, please contact Patrick Philpott, Program Specialist for the Portland Commission on Disability, at 503-823-4432 by phone or email patrick.philpott@portlandoregon.gov

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