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Disability NEWS – October 21, 2015

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October 21, 2015 

  • Night for Networking is October 28th in Portland’s South Waterfront
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • ADA survey is online regarding transportation access and experiences
  • Live Resume is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities
  • County offers programs for caregivers and families in November
  • Call for input on healthcare organization's survey for making a healthier community
  • Work Incentives Network conducting workshop on SSA benefits in Portland
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Night for Networking is October 28th in Portland’s South Waterfront

The 6th annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) will be Wednesday, 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 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. The well-attended 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. 

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCOD Recruitment Workgroup
Wednesday, November 4, 3 to 4:30 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCOD Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 5, 5 to 7:00 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee (ABE)
Monday, November 9, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A 

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, November 13, 11 am to 1pm
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500

Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, November 20, 3 to 5pm
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.

ADA survey is online regarding transportation access and experiences

The ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) is inviting persons with disabilities to participate in a national survey titled “Transportation Access and Experiences.” The survey is designed to improve and understand more about accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. Responses to the survey will be used to make improvements at regional and national levels.

A person with a disability, may participate in the survey by visiting the survey website.

The researchers are looking for as many responses as possible. Please feel free to forward this survey announcement along to others who have a disability.

ADA-PARC is a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers. Learn more at www.adaparc.org. Please direct any questions or comments regarding this survey to Jill Bezyak from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at jill.bezyak@unco.edu.

Live Resume is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities

Register now to participate in Incight’s Live Resume and become more than just a piece of paper to employers. The upcoming Live Resume will be November 4 in the Beaverton area.

This event offers the opportunity to increase a jobseeker’s network, build skills and confidence, and learn about job opportunities. The event is presented by Incight, in partnership with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services. There are 20 available spots for participants. 

Participants have up to three minutes to verbally present themselves to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers. After the presentations there will be 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 two one-hour practice sessions are October 29 and participants will only need to attend one where they will be given the location of the workshop.

To register, interested individuals must submit a resume to Kim (Kim@insight.org) . People of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Kim will call to confirm participation and prepare the potential candidate for the event, also providing specifics for its location. She may also be contacted at 971-244-0305 for further information.

County offers programs for caregivers and families in November

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. 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 workshops start November 3 and the remainder continue through the month, 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.

Call for input on healthcare organization’s survey for making a healthier community

The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative is conducting a survey to gather feedback to help the organization create a healthier community. The survey is online at https://multco.us/healthy-columbia-willamette-collaborative with several language options. The answers are anonymous and no participant will have to provide their name.

The results of the survey along with other information will be used to identify the most important health issues that can be addressed through the community efforts of hospitals, county health departments, and Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in the region.

The Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative includes 15 hospitals, four health departments and two coordinated care organizations in the Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties of Oregon and in Clark County, Washington.

This unique public private partnership aims for stronger relationships between communities, coordinated care organizations, hospitals and public health; meaningful community health needs assessments; and results in a platform for collaboration around health improvement plans and activities that leverage collective resources to improve the health and well being of the area’s communities.

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 you know and what you 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.

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 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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