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Disability NEWS - March 20, 2015

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March 20, 2015

  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) changed, new complaint process
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • TriMet proposes Honored Citizen Fare increase, wants public input
  • Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman office seeking ombudsman volunteers
  • Deadline is March 24 for Heart of Change Awards, award ceremony on May 12th
  • Women with disabilities asked to participate in PSU study on workplace violence
  • Oregon Relay hosts Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair at ILR
  • Free housing design and construction training is April 21, offered by FIRST and HUD
  • Participants invited to participate in OHSU hearing loss research study
  • Incight presents Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 23 at Convention Center
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) has changed providers

The system for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) in Multnomah County went through some major changes recently. Until December 31, 2014, most NEMT services were provided through a brokerage run by TriMet and First Transit under contract with the State of Oregon. However, as part of Oregon’s health care transformation, the State has been transferring responsibility for non-urgent medical transportation programs around the state to local coordinated care organizations (CCOs). In Multnomah County, the local CCOs, Health Share of Oregon and Family Care, Inc., contracted with Access2Care for most NEMT service. The name of the service in the TriCounty Metro area is Ride to Care.

The transition has, by many reports, been rocky. Ride to Care has been working with Health Share of Oregon, Family Care Inc, Multnomah County, the Oregon Health Authority, facilities and community partners to address concerns.

If you have feedback -- whether a complaint or a compliment -- about the service you are receiving through Ride to Care, it is important that your share your experience. You can provide input on-line or over the phone. Further information on the complaint process is available in this information release on the City of Portland Disability Program website.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Promoting Awareness and Livability (PAL) Subcommittee Meeting
New subcommittee that merged the Public Outreach & Awareness
and the Livability & Wellness subcommittees
Friday, March 20, 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 27, 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, April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, April 3, 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, April 10, 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 13, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Promoting Awareness and Livability (PAL) Subcommittee Meeting
Friday, April 17, 3 to 5 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.
More information on PCoD is available
at the
Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

TriMet proposes Honored Citizen Fare increase, wants public input

Honored Citizen tickets and monthly passes will be increasedby TriMet in a proposal  to be effective September 1, 2015. The agency is looking to increase the cost of Honored Citzen tickets from $1 to $1.25 and monthly passes from $26 to $28.

TriMet will be conducting Listening Sessions in March and April and hearing public comments at one meeting in April and one in May. For further information, visit the TriMet webpage on the proposed fare increase.

Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman office seeking volunteers

Certified Ombudsman Volunteers are needed to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities by the Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman (OLTC). For people who like to problem solve and work with others, this program might be a great fit for them. It’s a great opportunity for someone who needs an ADA accessible location to volunteer. Training and monthly support group meetings for volunteers provided. See the OLTC website at www.oregon.gov/ltco for more information.

March 24th deadline for Heart of Change Awards, ceremony on May 12

Nominations are now being accepted for the Heart of Change Awards through March 24th. Incight is currently seeking nominations from the community. Nominations are due by March 24, 2015, and can be submitted here. More information about the event is available by emailing pia@incight.org or calling Incight at 971-244-0305.

These awards are created to honor someone whose actions and efforts align with Incight’s mission to Unlock the Potential of People with Disabilities. This award belongs to an individual whose work influences community and busts stigma - someone who is causing a positive impact and embodies everything Incight stands for.

In addition to the Hall of Fame Inductees, Incight would like to give the Heart of Change Award to a community member, regardless of their connection to Incight because the organization knows others are creating change!

Incight's 2015 Hall of Fame breakfast will be held on Tuesday, May 12th at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Thanks go to its presenting sponsor, Immix Law Group.

Women with disabilities asked to participate in confidential PSU study

Donna Harris, a Portland State University (PSU) graduate student, is conducting a research study on Women with Disabilities Experiencing Conflict or Violence in the Workplace. Harris is researching this study as part of a thesis project in the Department of Conflict Resolution at PSU.

The study's criteria is limited to 40 women who consider themselves as having a physical disability, have workplace experience, and are 18 years old or older. The study will be conducted through an online confidential survey and with participation being kept confidential.

For more information or to participate in this study, please click on this survey link.

Oregon Relay hosts Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair at ILR

A free conference will showcase the latest advancements in assistive technology and services for people with disabilities on April 17 from 11 am to 2 pm at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch Street in Portland

The Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair is hosted by Oregon Relay and offers a great opportunity for professionals and agencies working with clients who have various types of special needs for daily living. Target audiences are people with disabilities and their caregivers, service providers, government agencies and technology companies. Professional and users alike may network and share their experiences in using current and new technology available at this conference.

Anyone needing accommodation, such as a tactile interpreter or wheelchair accessibility, may contact Cindy Campbell at cindy.2.campbell@sprint.com.

Free housing design and construction training is April 21st

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Portland FHEO Field Office will present a free Design & Construction training on April 21, 2015 at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (Conference Room 1A/B).

The training will be held from 8:00 am to 4:15 p.m. and includes the following training modules:

  • Design & Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, Technical Overview - Module 10
  • Accessible Routes - Module 7
  • Accessible Public & Common-Use Space - Module 8

More information on each of these modules can be found on the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST website. Participants must register at this website at no cost.

Participants invited to participate in OHSU hearing loss research study

Subjects are invited to participate in a research study at Oregon Health Sciences University in Lina Reiss's Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Laboratory in the Department of Otolaryngology. This study will research how sound input from two ears combine in a listener with hearing loss and how this might explain some of the variability observed in cochlear implant and hearing aid users.

This National Institutes of Health-funded research project is aimed to increase the knowledge of how to improve listening with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Participants must meet the subject criteria of:

  • Being an adult older than 17 years of age
  • Have moderate to profound (40-90 dB) hearing loss in both ears (candidacy for this study will be determined by reviewing an audiogram completed within one year or through a hearing test completed at the research study visit).

Participants will be asked to listen to sounds and words, responding by pressing an appropriate button on a computer-touch screen. The time needed to participate on the study is a total of eight to 12 hours, divided into two to four sessions (two to four hours per session). In addition, the participants will receive $15 per hour for their time and compensation for travel mileage and parking.

To participate in this study or receive more information, please contact Lina A.J. Reiss Phd at 503-484-2917 or email at reiss@ohsu.edu. More information about OHSU's Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Lab is available on its website.

Incight presents its 8th Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo

The 2015 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Incight, the U.S. Forest Service and EID Passport are hosting the eighth 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.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, events postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Disability Program Facebook page features daily postings ofnews, 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.

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