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Disability NEWS - April 7, 2014

Disability NEWS for April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

  • Deadline is April 11th to sign up to perform in DACP’s May Art and Culture Festival
  • April 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) meetings schedule
  • PHAME’s first-ever ART SHOW shifts to Zoomtopia on April 7-12
  • Home Forward’s project-based Section 8 waiting list open April 16th though 19th
  • Incight presents its Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 10 at Convention Center
  • Multnomah County Commission Candidates Forum is April 14th
  • FACT’s “Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box” workshop is April 17 in NE Portland
  • Harper’s Playground presents “The Art of Play” fundraiser on April 24th
  • Connecting Communities extends an invitation to “Pitch a Project”
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

April 11 Deadline for signup to perform in DACP’s May Festival

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is seeking performers for its Disability Pride Art and Culture Festival 6 on May 16-24! DACP is interested in working with and supporting performers from any marginalized community, whether they have a disability or not. Performances can be dance, poetry, prose, video, performance art, or just about anything that may be performed in 8 minutes or less. Please read the call for performers on the Disability Art and Culture Project website at this link. Anyone who has questions may contact DACP at disabilityartculture@gmail.com or 503-238-0723.

April 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, April 11, 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 Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, April 14, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Tuesday, April 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Livability & Wellness Subcommittee
Thursday, April 24, Noon to 1:30 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.
For the most current meeting information, please see the PCOD calendar webpage.

PHAME’s first-ever ART SHOW shifts to Zoomtopia for April 7-12

PHAME is thrilled to have its “PHAME @ 30 Art Show” in Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont, following the sudden closing of Place Gallery in Pioneer Place Mall. The work of over 28 talented PHAME artists will now be on display April 7 through 12 with the show open from 9 am to 5 pm to the public and FREE.

All of PHAME offers a huge thanks to Subashini Ganesan for partnership with ZOOMtopia. They also thank City Commissioner Nick Fish and his staff for their support and partnership in sponsoring PHAME’s first show at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, April 7 through 11, from 9 am to 5 pm daily. The shows features self-portraits, paintings, drawings, smoosh mandala, fluffilism, costume design creations and much more by PHAME artists.

Project-based Section 8 waiting list open April 16th though 19th

Home Forward is excited to announce that its waiting lists for project-based Section 8 at Northwest Tower Annex 3 bedroom and Sellwood Center studio will be open from April 16 through April 19, 2014.

Project-based Section 8 is a program that provides help with rent while a perons is living in the apartment. This housing assistance cannot be used in one’s current home or taken elsewhere.

Apply online starting Wednesday, April 16 at 8:30 am. Anyone interested can apply from any computer with internet access at http://www.homeforward.org starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 16. Anyone needing help with using a computer, may come to Home Forward at 1605 NE 45th Ave, Portland from 8:30 am to 4 pm Wednesday, April 16 through Friday, April 18. Assistance will not be available on Saturday, April 19. All applications must be completed and submitted online by 11:59 pm on April 19, 2014. Further information on this opening list is available here.

Incight presents its 7th Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 10th

The 2013 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on April 10 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services are hosting the seventh 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, networking and resume review. More information for businesses and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent website.

Multnomah County Commission Candidates Forum is April 14th

The last forum where voters may hear from the candidates for Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners for Districts 1 and 2 will be April 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This forum will be at Kaiser Permanente's Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Avenue in Portland. These is an important opportunity for the public to learn where candidates stand on housing and homeless issues and the County's role in addressing the housing needs in our community.

As always, this informative event is free and open to the public. These forum is co-sponsored by Oregon ON, JOIN, Street Roots, and the Community Alliance of Tenants. More info about the May 20, 2014 election and candidates can be found at the Multnomah County elections website.

“Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box workshop” is April 17 in NE Portland

Parents of children with disabilities will learn how to be their child’s #1 fan and advocate at the Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box workshop on Thursday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8 pm. The workshop is conducted by FACT (Family and Community Together) at the Rockwood Multiservice Center, 124 NE Couch in Portland.

There will be discussion on the importance of having a vision for the future, sharing a child’s strengths through a one-page profile, and tips and tools for advocating within all the different systems and supports for children who are experiencing disability. Further details are available at the workshop’s website. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance with the registration may email registration@factoregon.org or call 1-888-988-3228.

Harper’s Playground presents “The Art of Play” fundraiser on April 24th

The community is invited to “The Art of Play,” an evening of playful art, music, fine food and drink, fun conversation and good company at Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill Street. The event is from 6 to 10 pm and a benefit for the future of Harper’s Playground and the community. Proceeds go directly to the mission of bringing four more accessible Harper’s Playgrounds to Portland by 2010.

There is an art auction, live entertainment by DJ Anna Langley and as surprise live band, culinary treats, libations, a silent auction and a live auction. More information, including how to order tickets, is available on the event website.

Connecting Communities extends an invitation to “Pitch a Project”

The Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC) is inviting individuals and advocates to “Pitch a Project” for its seven-member steering committee to assist with support and guidance. Pitch A Project is an opportunity to have support from a highly-skilled leadership team that has experience empowering and supporting persons with disabilities.

These seven heavy-hitters will share their passion and commitment to persons in the disability community through this innovative “Pitch a Project.” Applicants will tell them about their project and convince them of its value and potential to bring about change. If the project is selected, the winner will be part of a winning team and learn key tips in project development and completion.

The project winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, a full media campaign by the PHC Northwest public relations department, a page on the CCC website - dedicated exclusively to the project, project support and guidance, and project recognition at the CCC Annual Event on Oct. 14, 2014. More details may be found at the Pitch a Project website and application forms are available here.

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 Office of Equity and Human Right’s website:

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

The Commission also has developed 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 on some amazing underwater wheelchair photos, unequal wages for people with disabilities, meetings, events, and more.

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