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Disability NEWS – December 2, 2015

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December 2, 2015

  • PCC offering scholarship opportunity for students with spinal cord injuries
  • December Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • U.N. cites inclusion matters for International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • FACT Holiday Party to be at Portland Children’s Museum on December 5th
  • Oregon MS Chapter conducting annual meeting and research update
  • BIAOR invites community to two holiday events
  • Understanding the Special Education Process event being offered in both English and Spanish
  • ASSIST offers Social Security disability benefits advocate workshop December 14
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

PCC announces a new scholarship opportunity for students with spinal cord injuries

Portland Community College is proudly offering a new scholarship opportunity for students with spinal cord injuries. This is a great opportunity that offers financial assistance to students in the Portland area who are interested in pursuing their academic goals in a supportive college environment. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled as a PCC degree seeking student in Fall 2016 taking at least 6 credits per term
  • Experience a spinal cord injury that impacts daily living and academic engagement
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5  
  • Have demonstrated financial need

Interested individuals should complete the brief form at the scholarship application website. Those who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to apply for the scholarship, which will provide for all tuition, books, and fees. Those who don’t meet eligibility requirements for this scholarship may be eligible to participate in other opportunities. Referrals will be offered where appropriate. Best consideration will be given to those who reply by March 1, 2016.

Please note that individuals who are selected for this scholarship will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Disability Rights Oregon for individual consultation regarding questions about SSI or SSDI benefits.

Questions should be directed to Kaela Parks, Director of Disability Services, Phone 971-722-4868 or email at kaela.parks@pcc.edu.

December Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting (PCOD)
Friday, December 11, 3 pm to 5 pm
*Note that time has changed for the December 2015 meeting
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 500

Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee (ABE)
Monday, December 14, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A, Fourth Floor

Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, December 18, 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. 

U.N. cites “Inclusion Matters” for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nations marks December 3rd as this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons the world to “leave no one behind”.

In the U.N. Secretary-General’s message for December 3rd, it is noted that “building a sustainable, inclusive world for all requires the full engagement of people of all abilities. The 2030 Agenda includes many issues of concern to persons with disabilities and we must work together to transform these commitments into action.”

Earlier this year, the United Nations Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction recognized the key role people with disabilities can play in promoting a more universally accessible approach in disaster preparedness and response. Next year, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will discuss a new urban development agenda to make cities inclusive, accessible and sustainable.

This annual day of observance has its origins back to 1981 when the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed that year as the International Year of Disabled Persons. Over time, December 3rd became identified as international day for persons with disabilities with an emphasis on a unique theme every year. 2015's theme is "Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities." Sub-themes are:

  • Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
  • Improving disability data and statistics
  • Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development

For further information about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, please visit the United Nations’ website.

FACT Family Holiday Party is at Portland Children’s Museum on December 5th

Santa Claus will be the special guest at FACT’s Family Holiday Party on Saturday, December 5th, at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Road. The museum is opening early to just families and friends from 8 to 10 am, but everyone is welcome to stay throughout the day for free.

Friends and family are welcome. Enjoy no lines or pressure to see Santa! Free donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee will be provided, as well as a quiet area if needed.

Please register, as spaces are limited. Call (503) 786-6082 or 1(888) 988-3228, or email registration@factoregon.org with questions or assistance with registration. Registration is available online at the event website

FACT (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) is a family leadership organization based in Oregon for individuals and their families experiencing disability, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships. 

Oregon MS Chapter conducting annual meeting and research update December 5

The Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding its annual meeting and research update on December 5 in Portland at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street. This half-day conference, from 9 am to noon, is for anyone or someone in their family who lives with MS.

The conference is an opportunity to learn about new advances in research and find out what the Oregon Chapter has accomplished. It’s a good way to become connected with others in the community. Attendees will enjoy coffee and a complimentary brunch buffet. The first hour is set to meet vendors and staff, see friends and enjoy coffee and brunch. From 10 am to noon is the program with two powerful research presentations:

  • “Bringing together genes and environment to better understand MS” with Sergio Baranzini, PhD, University of California, San Francisco.
  • “A Transcriptional Approach to Myelin Repair” with Ben Emery, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University.

Seating is limited, so please register on the event website or call 1-800-344-4867, option 1.

BIAOR invites community to two holiday events

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) is extending an invitation to a Holiday Party on Friday, December 11, and its Annual Holiday Fundraiser, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” play on Saturday, December 19.

The Third Annual Pizza Party is at John’s Incredible Pizza, 9180 SE Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, from 6 to 8 pm. The party will celebrate the holiday season for individuals with brain injury, their family and friends, and the professionals who work with them. Raffles, Holiday Sticks and silent auctions are featured with 20 free game tokens provided to each attendee. The unlimited all-you-can eat buffet features pizza, pasta, soup, desserts and refreshments at a cost of $15 person.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever play will be from 2 to 6 pm at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S State Street in Lake Oswego. The play starts at 2 pm and will be followed by hors d’oeuvres, music and auctions, both silent and oral. This play portrays a Christmas pageant to remember. The price is $50 person.

The mission of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research, and support. To find out more about BIAOR or to sign up for the holiday events, visit online at www.biaoregon.org [http://www.biaoregon.org/fundraiser.htm] or call 800-544-5243.

Understanding the Special Education Process event offered in both English and Spanish

An event to better understand the special education process (IEP) is being held by FACT on Wednesday, December 9, from 6 to 8 pm. The free event is in Westview High School’s Lower South 115 and 116 Rooms, 4200 NW 185th Avenue. Sessions will be provided in Spanish and English at the same time in different rooms.

Join in as information is presented about:

  • The special education process and an IEP (Individualized Education Program)
  • Understanding your critically important role on the team
  • The importance of introducing your child with their strengths
  • The importance of high expectations
  • The one-page profile and how it can be used in the IEP and in identifying supports, building community, and planning for life after school

Child care will be provided, as well as beverages and snacks. Registration is available on the event website, as well as flyers are available in both English and Spanish to download. For more information, call (503) 786-6082 or 1 (888) 988-3228, or email registration@factoregon.org.

ASSIST offers Social Security disability benefits advocate workshop December 14

To help people applying for social security benefits, Assertive SSI Service Team (ASSIST) is conducting an advocate workshop on Monday, December 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. The workshop location will be at the Beaverton Round Executive Suites, 12725 SW Millikan Way in Beaverton. The course fee is $150 and registration is required by December 7.

Successfully obtaining disability benefits can be complex and difficult. After participating in the workshop, participants will be ready to advocate for their disabled clients immediately. The workshop will help make sense of the process and avoid common mistakes. Topics covered in the workshop are designed to provide a solid foundation and the capacity to start assisting others through the process.

Registration may be done at the event website or mailing a check to ASSIST-DBTC, 4412 SW Barbur Boulevard, Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97239. For further information or to direct questions, call 503-888-2690.

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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