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Disability NEWS - May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

  • Incight’s May 12th annual Hall of Fame breakfast features achievement awards
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • Emergency Preparedness Training for PWD is available on the web
  • DACP Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company performing at Zoomtopia May 8-10
  • OHSU research study for children with hearing loss seeking volunteers
  • Social Security disability benefits workshop is May 11
  • May TriMet board meeting is last for public comments on fare increase
  • Momentum Fellowship designed for underrepresented groups’ professionals
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

Incight’s May 12th annual Hall of Fame breakfast features awards

Incight will induct outstanding individuals into its Hall of Fame at its annual breakfast on Tuesday, May 12, in the Multnomah Athletic Club from 7:30 to 8:30 am. There will also be the introduction for the new Heart of Change award that has been created to an individual whose actions and efforts align with Incight’s mission to Unlock the Potential of People with Disabilities.

Each year, Incight honors outstanding clients who are agents of change for the disability community, willing to take on new challenges, lead by example for other people with disabilities, and become a representative of the organization. All Incight Hall of Fame Members are social change agents for the greater inclusion of people with disabilities.

The Heart of Change award was created to honor someone whose actions and efforts align with Incight’s mission to Unlock the Potential of People with Disabilities. The Heart of Change Award belongs to an individual whose work influences community and busts stigma – someone who embodies everything Incight stands for and is causing a positive impact.

To attend the free event and complimentary breakfast, please visit the Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast website. Further information about the event and the awards is available on Incight’s webpage.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
***Note new meeting day and time***
Thursday, May 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, May 8, 11:30 am to 1:30 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, May 11, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Promoting Awareness and Livability (PAL) Subcommittee Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 3 to 5 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, May 26, 1:30-3:30 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.
More information about PCoD is available
at the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

Emergency Preparedness Training for PWD is on the web

Emergencies and disasters happen quickly and without warning, forcing people to evacuate or take shelter in their home. This is challenging for anyone but, for a person with a disability, it can be a matter of life and death. Learning how to be prepared for an emergency is critical and the City’s Disability Program has information, including videos, on its website (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/66305).

It is important to plan ahead so people are prepared. The program’s video training and booklet giving tips on staying informed, creating a support group, assembling a kit, and having a plan. These tips provide people with disabilities guidance in managing communication, equipment, pets and home hazards. The material is based on the Ready Now training developed in partnership with Oregon Office on Disability Health.

Links to a printable version of the workbooks and the various accessible versions of the training can be found on the website (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/66305). For a DVD of the training or a hard copy of the workbooks, email Nickole.Cheron@portlandoregon.gov.

Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company performing May 8-10 at Zoomtopia

Disability Arts and Culture’s Inclusive Vibe Dance Company is performing May 8-10 at Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont Street. The Inclusive Arts Vibe provides integrated dance classes for youth with and without disabilities.

Young people have the opportunity to learn dance concepts and skills and to perform in this program. Participating in Inclusive Arts Vibe is a way for young dancers to develop artistic expressions, positive identities, and leadership skills, and experience a working model of social justice in the arts.

For more information or to register for the performances, contact kafia2008@yahoo.com or 503-358-9085. More information about the Inclusive Vibe Dance Company is available on the Disability Arts and Culture’s website.

OHSU research study for children with hearing loss seeks volunteers

Children between 6-8 years of age with normal hearing or who wear cochlear implants are invited to participate in a research study at Lina Reiss's Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Laboratory in the Oregon Health and Science University’s Department of Otolaryngology. This National Institutes of Health funded research project is aimed to improve knowledge of how to improve speech and music perception for children with hearing loss.

These two particular research studies will be looking to see how children who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants combine sounds between the two ears, and how this may explain some of the variability in speech and music perception abilities. The researchers also studying how age and development in children affects how sounds are combined between ears.

In this study, the children will be evaluated over time during development, starting at around 6-8 years of age, with repeat testing once a year for five years. The child will be asked to listen to sounds and words, and respond by pressing the appropriate button on a computer touch screen. The time needed to complete the testing each year is a total of five to six hours, which can be divided into up to four shorter sessions of one to two and one-half hours per session.

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 these two studies for children, including the subject criteria, is available at the website for the OHSU Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Lab.

Social Security disability benefits workshop is May 11

Disability Benefits Training and Consulting (DBTC) is conducting a workshop on Social Security disability benefits on May 11 at Imago Dei Community Center, 1302 SE Ankeny Street, in Room 101 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. 

This informative workshop is open to the general public to help anyone interested in learning more about the complex disability application process. The information is useful for people experiencing disabilities, family members of a person with a disability, social workers and homeless shelter staff.

The workshop fee is $140 per participant with a $4.49 service fee for those who register with a credit card. Further information, including registration, is available on the DBTC website.

May TriMet board meeting is last for public comments on fare increase

The last opportunity to offer public comments on a proposed TriMet fare increase for Honored Citizens will be at the May 27 TriMet Board of Directors meeting. The board is meeting to consider an increase in the cost of Honored Citizen tickets from $1 to $1.25 and monthly passes from $26 to $28.

The May board meeting is on the second floor of the Portland Building in the Auditorium, 1150 SW 5th Avenue at 9 am. For further information, visit the TriMet webpage on the proposed fare increase.

Momentum Fellowships designed for underrepresented groups

Philanthropy Northwest has posted the Momentum Fellowship information for interested applicants and it includes the Oregon Community Foundation’s (OCF) Opportunity Fellowship at OCF. The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, such as a community of color, LGBTQ, disability or other group, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities. 

Eligible candidates will be high-potential leaders with a commitment to a career in the Pacific Northwest. The full-time employment fellowships are paid with compensation and benefits varying per role and institution. Fellowship length is set by the host foundation.

Further information and the fellowship application is at the Philanthropy Northwest website. The application deadline is May 15. For general inquiries about the fellowship, contact Sindhu Knotz at sknotz@philanthropynw.org.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) 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.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly by the City of Portland’s Disability Program at the Office of Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The Portland Commission on Disability also collaborates and supports its publication.

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 email disabilitynews@portlanddisability.com. Events submitted will also be noted on the Disability Program Facebook page and featured on ONI Events calendar's list of Disability Events.

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