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Disability NEWS - February 19, 2014

Disability NEWS for February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014

  • Online survey available for PWD to relate the challenges faced by recent snowstorm
  • March 2014 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule
  • "Stories From The Brainreels" will feature Craig Sicilia on February 21st
  • City Club hosting Age-Friendly Housing Forum at Central Library
  • NFB Rose City Chapter to demonstrate at downtown Goodwill store next week
  • Emergency Preparedness Training being conducted at Belmont Library
  • Attend DACP's Third Sex, Love and Disability celebration on March 1
  • FACT’s Transitioning from ECSE to Kindgarten training set for March 4
  • FHCO offers free help about housing discrimination and denials
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Take online survey to relate the challenges faced by recent snowstorm

Portland's recent snowstorm created challenges not only for people with disabilities, but their caregivers as well. Due to a large number of reports and concerns being raised, the City of Portland's Disability Program has created an online survey to gather information.

Nickole Cheron, the program's manager, is urging anyone with a disability to complete the survey regarding the snowstorm and how it challenged people living with disabilities in Portland. She will be sharing the information with other government agencies about the community's experiences to start a conversation on how things may be improved.

Please share this information with others who had issues during the severe storm. The survey is available at this Survey Monkey website.

March 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, March 10, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Tuesday, March 18, 3 to 5 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, March 28, 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.

"Stories From The Brainreels" will feature Craig Sicilia on February 21st

Craig Sicilia is the featured guest for this Friday's "Stories From The Brainreels,"  local artist Cheryl Green's show that streams online at Blog Talk Radio beginning at 1 pm. He is involved with the Brain Injury Radio Network, TBIWA.org, TBI Survivors Network, a toll-free Peer Support Line and more.

Listen to Craig talk about these projects and how people with brain injury can work with the larger disability community. More information is available on the Who Am I To Stop It blog.

Stories From The Brainreels is a time to share real stories about real brains. The show highlights the stories, arts, activism, and advocacy of folks with brain injuries and other disabilities. It's not a show about medicine, research or rehabilitation. The show is to know how to explore day-to-day life with brain injury. This is also a way to use these stories to connect with the larger disability community.

City Club hosting Age-Friendly Housing Forum at Central Library

Portland's housing options and how age-friendly they are will be discussed at the February 26 evening forum hosted by the City Club of Portland at the Central Library. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the US Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Avenue. Alan DeLaTorre, Portland Commission on Disability member and research associate at PSU's Institute on Aging, will moderate the forum.

Portland is seeking ways to become an "Age-Friendly City" and is already developing a number of options. Participants will hear about three options: Villages NW, Bridge Meadows and PDX Commons. Three innovative leaders in the arena of housing for older adults -- Chana Andler, Lew Bowers and Derenda Schubert -- will discuss their efforts as well as the challenges to housing the country's aging population.

For additional information about the forum, please visit the City Club's website.

NFB Rose City Chapter to demonstrate at downtown Goodwill store

The Rose City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will be demonstrating in front of the downtown Goodwill store on February 21 to raise awareness about the company’s wage policies. The demonstration is scheduled from 3 to 5 pm at 838 SW 10th Avenue. A representative of the chapter says that everyone is welcome to join in the demonstration.

Emergency Preparedness Training being conducted at Belmont Library

Be ready for a disaster or emergency by attending the March 1 emergency preparedness training at the Belmont Library, 1038 SE César E. Chávez Boulevard, from 1 to 3:30 pm. The free 2.5 hour training is to prepare participants in being prepared for emergency situations.

This training will provide the tools and knowledge needed to: establish emergency/medical contacts, prepare for individual needs, learn about relevant emergency situations, identify and use local resources, and prepare an emergency supply kit. In addition, each attendee will receive a free ReadyNow! Toolkit and magnetic paper pocket (used to display important papers for first responders). Space is limited; please send an RSVP to Andrew, at: wagn1481@pacificu.edu.

Attend DACP's Third Sex, Love and Disability celebration on March 1

The Disability Art and Culture Project invites the community to attend Sex, Love and Disability III on Saturday, March 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St. This is the third celebration of the lives of people with disabilities, their loved ones, families, partners, crushes, desires, passions, and pleasures.

The event organizers note that this fundraising event is a celebration of the beauty and full humanity of Disability Culture. The host is comedian Margarita Smith. The evening will feature performances and videos from diverse members of the disability, queer, fat, sex positive, and body positive communities, as well as a silent auction! The silent auction will feature items from various Portland-based businesses and artists. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Click here to get more information and to order tickets in advance.

Note that this is an 18+ event. Please be advised, components of the show include nudity and sexual content. The Center's facility features an accessible performance venue, including wheelchair access, accessible/gender neutral restrooms, ASL interpreters, and audio interpreters. For further accessibility information, contact disabilityartculture@gmail.com or call DACP at 503-238-0723 (voice).

FACT’s Transitioning from ECSE to Kindgarten training set for March 4

Family and Community Together (FACT) is conducting a training  for parents to understand the transition from Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) to Kindergarten on Tuesday, March 4, from 6 to 8:30 pm. The session will be in the Conference Room at the West Linn/Wilsonville District Office, 22210 Stafford Road in Tualatin.

Participants may learn what an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is and how it differs from their child's Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). The training will go through the differences between an IFSP and IEP, explain the transition process, provide a comprehensive discussion about the parent's critical role in their child's IEP team and conclude with a step-by-step look at the development of an IEP.

This event is FREE for families, though contributions to assist with cost are always welcome. Registration is available at this link. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance filling out the registration information, is requested to please email registration@factoregon.org or call 1-888-988-3228.

FHCO offers free help about housing discrimination and denials

Housing discrimination happens every day and much of it is never reported. To stand up for people's rights when they feel they were denied fair housing, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to ensuring everyone's right to live free from housing discrimination. FHCO's services are free and confidential for people who have questions or need assistance.

The organization wants the public to know that the Fair Housing Act gives people the legal right to file a complaint and that it is illegal to be threatened with eviction or to be harassed for filing a fair housing complaint. Anyone who is not sure if they have been discriminated against, but think something is wrong, may give the FHCO HOTLINE a call at 800-424-3247, extension 2.  FHCO's services may also be accessed online at www.fhco.org. If the problem is not illegal housing discrimination, but something different, referrals may be provided to other resources.

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 (PCOD) 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. Please visit and follow the Commission’s development. PCOD’s Facebook page recently provided news about workers with disabilities to be included in the minimum wage increase on federal contracts, an ablism discussion by PCOD’s Public Outreach and Awareness committee, Mayor Hales attendance at PCOD’s annual retreat, Baltimore’s goal of having 10 percent of parking spaces be designated for people with disabilities/using accessible meters, and more.

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