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Disability NEWS - October 7, 2015

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  • MULTCO offering free counseling, presentations on Medicare coverage changes
  • October Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • OHSU’s IDD 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 18
  • Several classes for caregivers and families being offered this fall
  • Meet Business with Multnomah County for Job Seekers w/ Disabilities
  • Night for Networking is October 28th in Portland’s South Waterfront
  • Work Incentives Network conducting workshop on SSA benefits in Portland
  • Multnomah County Disability Services Advisory Council Seeks New Members
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

MULTCO offering free counseling, presentations on Medicare coverage changes

The Multnomah County Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program will provide one-on-one counseling and group presentations from October through December throughout Portland at nine different county libraries. The assistance is to help citizens understand the changes, identify important issues and compare their current coverage with the Medicare plans available for 2016.

The annual Medicare open enrollment period, during which participants can switch plans, begins October 15 and extends through December 7. Health and drug insurance coverage plans change every year. This year people who receive Medicare health coverage should pay especially close attention to their “Plan Annual Notice of Change.”

The “Plan Annual Notice of Change” packet, which recipients must receive from their current plan before October 1, contains specific information about changes in coverage, costs or service area that will be effective in January. Some costly changes may be hidden in this year’s document.

“Making Medicare Easier” presentations, group sessions designed for those who prefer to do their own research, do not require an appointment. Individualized counseling will not be available at the group sessions. For more information on presentations or to schedule individualized counseling, call 503-988-3446. 

Medicare participants can find more information about Medicare plans at, and in the “Medicare and You 2016” handbook mailed to households. 

October Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

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
with any questions or concerns for the Commission. 

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 patient's home.

Last year there were nearly 800 participants and event organizers are 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 or contact Melissa Mullineaux by emailing

Several programs for caregivers and families being offered this fall

The Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program is sponsoring several programs aimed at improving the quality of life of caregivers. The classes are free and open to the public.

Participants in the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, and locate helpful resources. The program is beneficial whether taking care of a parent, spouse or friend.

This program will be offered in two locations: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Avenue, and Faithful Savior Lutheran Church, 110 NE Skidmore Street. The Hollywood classes are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday from Oct. 20 through Nov. 24. The classes at Faithful Savior Lutheran Church are from 6 to 7:30 p.m., every Wednesday from Oct. 7 through Nov. 18. To register, call 503-288-8303 for the Hollywood classes or call 503-988-8210 for the Faithful Savior Church. Space is limited so participants are encouraged to register early.

The second program is entitled the Families Talk Workshop series. These are three free workshops which will prepare families to care for elderly relatives. The workshops are Taking Care of Business, Tools for Touch Conversations, and Conversations about Memory Loss. Workshops are being held separately at East Multnomah County, 600 NE 8th Street in Gresham, and at Concordia University’s George White Library, 2800 NE Liberty Street.

The Families Talk first workshop begins on November 3 and the remainder run into November, ending on the 19th. 

For more information about all of these programs, please contact Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, at 503-988-8210. 

Meet Business with Multnomah County event is for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Incight and Multnomah County are inviting job seekers with disabilities to come out and learn more about career opportunities. The Meet Business with Multnomah County event will be Tuesday, October 20, from 10 am to noon, at the Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street in downtown Portland.

The County is currently hiring for a wide range of positions in areas such as healthcare, social service, finance/accounting, IT, operations, communications, administrative support, and more. Job seekers, who feel they would be good in one of these types of positions or who would just like to learn more about career opportunities with Multnomah County, are invited to attend this event. 

Attendees will meet with recruiting staff and county hiring managers to: 

  • Learn more about career opportunities with the County
  • Find out what hiring managers are looking for
  • Get tips on how to create a strong online application* 
  • Have their questions answered by the pros 
  • Take a tour of the County's facilities 

This event is open to job seekers and their employment support staff. It is free to attend, but space is limited so sign up today! The Meet Business with Multnomah County event website will provide further event and registration information. 

Night for Networking is October 28th in Portland’s 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.

Night for Networking started six years ago as an effort to bring people with disabilities together with employers and allies in the community, helping to address the challenge of people with disabilities being under-employed in the workforce. OHSU feels passionately about including this community into their diversity strategic plan, and the event has grown and been very successful since its initiation.

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. 

Work Incentives Network conducting workshop on SSA benefits in Portland

Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free workshop being held on November 5th in Room 1B of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street in Portland. The Work Incentives Network (WIN) provides the trainings on a quarterly schedule throughout Oregon.

Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is about benefits planning and work incentives programs. Participants will: 

  • Learn about benefits basics
  • Learn about work incentives basics
  • Learn about common myths and facts 
  • Understand the limitations of what they know and what they can do 

This day-long training (8:30-4:30) is free of charge with pre-registration required. Enrollment is limited to 50 for the Portland session. Registration is through the DHS Learning Center. Please click here to access the website. The course is C04631. Groups may not be registered, each person must register individually. Call 503-945-5623 for assistance with registering.

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 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, or 503-988-3769 for further information.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more 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 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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