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Disability NEWS - August 5, 2015

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August 5, 2015

  • Incight hosting How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs on August 18
  • August Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • Work Incentives Network offers training for SSA benefits and employment
  • Emergency Preparedness Training for PWD is available on the web
  • PDX Summer Handcycling Series continues at PIR through September
  • ONI Disability Program needs input on community assessment survey
  • Hearing Loss as a Public Health Problem is theme for September NCRAR conference
  • Night for Networking set for October 28 in South Waterfront
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Incight hosting How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs on August 18

The City of Portland is conducting a workshop on how to apply for city government employment on August 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm at Incight, 310 SW 4th Avenue in the organization’s fourth floor conference room. This training lines up just before the annual Meet Business event (October 1) so that eager candidates can get their applications in before networking with each of the city's bureaus.

The workshop offers:

  • Learning how to find city jobs that fit your skills and qualifications
  • Finding out how to complete your applicant profile and learn about the different steps of the hiring process
  • Getting tips on creating a strong application and making sure your application doesn’t get rejected
  • Having your questions answered by a Senior Human Resources Analyst at the City of Portland

This event is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. If you require accommodation, just ask! Incight is happy to provide accommodation to anyone who can provide a few days' notice. More information, including registration, is available on the event’s website which also includes a link to ask questions about the event.

August Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCOD Executive Board Meeting (Exec)
Thursday, August 6, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500

PCOD Public Safety Subcommittee (PSS)
Friday, August 7, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500

PCOD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee (ABE)
Monday, August 10, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4 

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting (PCOD)
Friday, August 14, 10 am to 1 pm
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500 

PCOD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, August 21, 3 to 5 pm.
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.
Please contact PCoD staff at tatiana.elejalde@portlandoregon.gov
with any questions or concerns for the Commission. 

Work Incentives Network offers training for SSA benefits and employment

Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted throughout the state by the Work Incentives Network, a benefits and work incentives counseling program supported by the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. Participants learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.

Registration is open for the 2015 sessions in Medford, Springfield and Portland. The Portland training will be in the State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1B, in Portland from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Download the registration flyer for more information. Six CRC credits are available for this training.

Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited 50 for the Portland session. Registration is through the DHS Learning Center or enter https://dhslearn.hr.state.or.us/ in your web browser. Search for course C04631. Groups cannot be registered; each individual must register. Call 503-945-5623 if  you need assistance.

Additional information is available from Gene Rada, Eugene.e.rada@state.or.u, 503-945-6264 or Paula Fitch, paula.fitch@state.or.us, 503-947-5460. 

Emergency Preparedness Training for PWD is available 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 offer 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

PDX Summer Handcycling Series continues at PIR through September

Incight and Oregon Disability Sports have teamed up to host the second annual Summer Handcycling Series. This year’s events kicked off July 9th, at the Portland International Raceway (PIR). Three more sessions are scheduled for August 11th, 18th and 25th, with the final two sessions on September 1st and 8th. The sessions begin at 4:30 pm.

Handcycling, a bicycle-like vehicle powered by the arms instead of the legs, is an activity that has grown in popularity in recent years. Whether you are a first-time handcycler or a seasoned pro, the Summer Series event provides a great opportunity to experience the fun first hand.

Participants are welcome to bring their own handcycle or use one of Oregon Disability Service’s fleet, which includes four brand new handcycles. The ride sessions will run each Tuesday through September 24. Sessions will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm in August with the time changing to 5 pm to 7 pm in September.

Both Incight and Oregon Disability Sports are excited to introduce Handcycling to the Portland area. Anyone interested in joining in on the fun, should bring their helmet and come down to the Portland International Raceway. More information can be found at Portland Handcyling's website as well as Oregon Disability Sports website.

ONI Disability Program needs input on community assessment survey

Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is currently working to address the need for more civic involvement by people with disabilities. ONI's Disability Program is seeking increased involvement by Portland's disability community through supporting a restructuring of the Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC).

By partnering with CCC, the goal is develop an organization for people with disabilities that would provide them with the same voice which other Portlanders have through their neighborhood associations. To gather valuable information necessary in proceeding with a strategic planning process, a survey has been prepared for individuals, service professionals and organizations to provide input. Please click the Survey Monkey link to participate in the voluntary survey.

Any organizations that wish to participate in this project may contact Nick Smith by emailing nick.smith@portlandoregon.gov

Hearing Loss as a Public Health Problem is theme for September NCRAR conference

The 7th Biennial National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research Conference is being held in Portland’s World Trade Center from September 16 through 18. The theme is “Hearing Loss as a Public Health Concern” and will feature presentations on various related topics to researchers, audiologists, students and others with an interest in hearing loss.

The presentation topic areas include:

  • Foundations and principles of public health
  • Interpreting epidemiologic data
  • Results of large public health studies of hearing
  • Hearing loss as a determinant of healthy aging
  • Living with hearing loss - personal, family and social factors
  • Working towards the development of an audiology outcomes database
  • Public health in action

More information about the conference, including registration and a preliminary conference program is available on the event website.

Mark the Date: Night for Networking set for October 28 in South Waterfront

The 6th annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) is scheduled for October 28 from 6 to 9 pm in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Avenue in the South Waterfront. This successful networking event provides a forum for talented job-seekers with disabilities to meet and network with employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity. The event includes discussions and presentations, music, light refreshments, a raffle, sponsor gift bags and, of course, mingling and networking.

N4N brings together job-seekers with disabilities, local business owners and recruiters, event sponsors, volunteers, friends and supporters to highlight individuals with disabilities as talented and skilled professionals, customers and entrepreneurs, helping to build business connections with a diverse community.

Additional Night for Networking information, including registration, is available at the event’s website. An event and sponsorship flyer is also available for downloading there, as well as sponsorship information.

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 in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The Portland Commission on Disability also collaborates with and supports the publication.

To update your contact information, if you wish to submit information for the newsletter or if you know someone who would like to receive 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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