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Disability NEWS - September 16, 2015

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September 16, 2015

 

  • DRO reaches proposed settlement with State over sheltered workshops
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • National MS Society-Oregon conducting Living Well with MS event September 19
  • Multnomah County Disability Services Advisory Council Seeks New Members
  • United Cerebral Palsy’s 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run is September 19
  • HLAA - Portland Chapter resumes monthly meetings on Monday, September 21
  • Just a few spots open for Incight’s September 22nd Live Resume workshop
  • City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 1
  • 2015 Aging Well Conference to be in South Waterfront October 3
  • OHSU’s IDD 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 18
  • Save the Date: Night for Networking set for October 28 in South Waterfront
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

 DRO announces proposed settlement with State over sheltered workshops

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) announced on September 8 that it had obtained a proposed settlement agreement regarding the federal class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. DRO brought suit against the state for violating the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) with its use of sheltered workshops.

This proposed settlement will impact 7,000 Oregonians who have been or are at risk of being segregated in sheltered workshops. The agreement is subject to review and approval by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Janice M. Stewart.

The lawsuit was filed originally in U.S. District Court in Portland on January 25, 2012. Later, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened in March 2013 to enforce federal interest in the full enforcement of the ADA. The original lawsuit was entitled Lane v. Kitzhaber and later updated to be Lane v. Brown.

The proposed Settlement Agreement, which obligates the State to expand community integrated employment and employment services in integrated settings, acknowledges that Oregon has made progress providing employment services to and improving employment outcomes for individuals with I/DD.

Further information on the lawsuit and the recent proposed settlement is available on DRO’s website.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCOD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee
Friday, September 18, 3 pm to 5 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 

PCOD Executive Committee Meeting 
Thursday, October 1, 5 pm to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 

PCOD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, October 2, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500 

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, October 9, 10 am to 1 pm
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500 

PCOD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee 
Monday, October 12, 10 am to noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A (fourth floor) 

PCOD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee
Friday, October 16, 3 pm - 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.

National MS Society-Oregon conducting Living Well with MS event September 19

Living well with MS involves more than just treating a person’s multiple sclerosis. At the Living Well with MS event, participants will learn how a healthy diet, regular exercise and other wellness strategies can help them feel their best.

The event is being held by the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society starting at 9:45 am at the First Unitarian Church’s Eliot Center, Buchan Reception Hall, 1226 SW Salmon Street in Portland. Registration is from 9:45 to 10 am with the program running from 10 to 11:15 am. Complimentary beverages and light refreshments will be available.

Jan Spencer will be the speaker and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the neurology social worker at the Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence West in Portland.

For more information or to register and attend, please call 1-800-344-4867, option 1. Further information about the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society is available on its website

Multnomah County Disability Services Advisory Council Seeks New Members

The Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC) for Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veteran Services Division (ADVSD) is currently seeking new members. DSAC meets on the 4th Monday of each month in the Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street from 12:30 to 2:30pm. The current DSAC Chair is Joe VanderVeer.

The purpose of the Disability Services Advisory Council is to:

Advise Disability Services Offices on basic policy guidelines for those individuals inquiring about, applying for, or receiving services and to review and evaluate the effectiveness of the services provided by ADVSD and the Department of Human Services;

  • Advocate for issues that are pertinent to the life and welfare of people with disabilities in Multnomah County;
  • Educate the general public of the issues and concerns facing all people with disabilities living and working in Multnomah County;
  • Address other related topics. 

Interested parties should contact staff member Rebecca Miller, rebecca.miller@multco.us or 503-988-3769 for further information. 

United Cerebral Palsy’s 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run is September 19

The 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run will be September 19 starting at 8 am with registration and the event beginning at 9 am. Sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington (UCP), the event is being held on the east bank of the Willamette River, beginning in the RiverEast Center parking lot, 1515 SE Water Avenue.

Spend a wonderful day with family, friends and the community as the event raises awareness and the funds needed for the Family Support Department at UCP.

Register at www.walkrollnrun.org to sign up, form a team, join a team or support an individual. Additional information about United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington is also available on the UCP website.

The UCP is a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon with a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. 

HLAA - Portland Chapter resumes monthly meetings on Monday, September 21

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will hold its first meeting on Monday, September 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, now that its annual summer break has concluded. The group conducts its meeting, open to the public, at Legacy Good Samaritan Main Hospital, NW 22nd Avenue and Lovejoy Street, in the Wilcox Building, Room A.

The opening meeting will have discussion about ways to cope with hearing loss, any developments over the summer, encouragement of more volunteers and ideas on topics and speakers for future meetings. There will also be a report on some decisions made at the recent chapter board meeting. Further information is available by emailing the chapter at hlaportland@gmail.com.

The HLAA Portland chapter is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere for attendees to meet other people with hearing loss and learn about issues related to it. The chapter meetings are real-time captioned and are equipped with a loop system (a PA system audible to wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils). 

For a detailed look on the meeting location and available parking, please see the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Campus Map. The hospital information desk is in Bldg #1 on the map (Good Samaritan Main Hospital). The Wilcox Building is #7. Parking for meeting attendees is free in Legacy Good Samaritan parking structures, but a validation slip must be used upon exiting at the end of the evening. The chapter will provide validation slips at the meeting. 

Just a few spots open for Incight’s September 22nd Live Resume workshop

Register now to participate in Incight’s Live Resume and become more than just a piece of paper to employers. Live Resume will be on September 22 from 10 am to noon in downtown Portland and there are only a few available spots remaining for participants. The event offers the opportunity to increase one’s network, build skills and confidence, and learn about job opportunities.

Participants have up to three minutes to verbally present themselves to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers. After the presentations there are 45 minutes of networking. Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session, where they will have the opportunity to work on their elevator pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. The one-hour practice sessions are September 17 and participants will chose either one at 11 am or one at noon.

To register, interested individuals can submit a resume to Kali (Kali@incight.org). People of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Kali will call to confirm participation and prep each candidate for the event within 3 business days. She can also be contacted at 971-244-0305 for further information. 

City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 1

An informational and networking event introducing job seekers with disabilities to City of Portland career opportunities will be Thursday, October 1, on the Portland Building’s second floor from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The City, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), is providing panel discussions, workshops and presentations from over 20 of its bureaus.

Participants may network one on one with recruiting representatives, learn how to find jobs which suit their interests and how to be successful in the application process. The opening welcome and panel discussions will be from 9 to 11:30 am with booths open for networking with City bureau staff from 11 am to 1:30 pm. How to Apply for City Job workshops will be held from 11:35 am to 2:15 pm.

To register for the event, please go to the event’s website. Accommodation requests may be made by email Kali Giaritta at her email address kali@incight.org or calling 971-244-0305. 

2015 Aging Well Conference to be October 3 in South Waterfront

In honor of Active Aging Week, the 2015 Aging Well Conference will be held on Saturday, October 3, from 8 am to 12:30 pm in Oregon Health and Science University’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland. This educational conference will feature a keynote presentation on maintaining physical fitness as people age with Basia Belza, University of Washington nursing professor and developer of a mall-walking program for older adults. Members of the public are invited to this free event to learn the many ways to keep thriving at every age and ability.

Learn small but important ways to keep your brain healthy from a dynamic brain scientist, how to navigate critical resources and supports for yourself or a loved one, learn how to cook delicious meals on a budget with a live demonstration from Portland Farmer’s Market, demystify care planning for peace of mind, gain practical and affordable home modification tips, and discover other supports to help you thrive in your home.

The event is being planned by Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services Division, AARP, Oregon Health Sciences University, PSU’s Institute on Aging, Elders in Action, and National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

Attendance is free, refreshments are provided, and the conference will conclude with a guided walk across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. Registration is available at http://bit.ly/AgeWell2015 and on a limited basis at the door. For more information, please contact oraarp@aarp.org or call (877) 926- 8300. 

OHSU’s IDD 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 18

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) extends an invitation to participate in the 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival 5K, 1K, and Kids' Dash on Sunday, October 18, in downtown Portland. Besides the races, there is the Harvest Hustle Festival with delicious food, live music, crafts and giveaways.

All proceeds will support two programs: the IDD and Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism. Families throughout the region turn to the IDD for care, compassion, and resources for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities or special health needs. In addition to clinical service, the IDD actively participates in research, public health/community outreach, and education/training to continuously improve knowledge and practice while working with patients and families in the hospital, in outpatient clinics, or in the patients home.

Last year there were nearly 800 participants with event organizers hoping for a bigger turnout this year. It will be a great time for competitive athletes, families, advocates, and those who wish to participate in a community event that will have a lasting impact on thousands of adolescents with disabilities.

To learn more, visit the event website at www.harvesthustle5k.org or contact Melissa Mullineaux by emailing mullines@ohsu.edu

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 on 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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