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Disability NEWS – August 3, 2016

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August 3, 2016

In this issue…

  • City Auditor seeks input for community survey about ADA accommodation requests
  • Deadline for Disability Leadership Academy applications is August 15th
  • Inaugural Wheelchair Dancers Event is August 20 at the East Bank Esplanade
  • MULTCO holding public hearings on three-year plan for older adult services
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • Incight is conducting its Live Resumé event in Albany on August 25
  • HLAA-Portland chapter meetings to resume September 19th in NW Portland
  • 18th Annual Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk is set for September 24th
  • Save the Date: Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

City Auditor seeks input for community survey about ADA accommodation requests

The City of Portland Auditor’s office has an audit underway to assess The City of Portland's response to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The office is looking for 10 individuals with disabilities who are willing to share their experiences about accessing City services, facilities, and/or infrastructure.

Those interested in providing information for the audit may contact Kristine Adams-Wannberg in Audit Services at The participation will involve a 30-minute interview and the participant’s identity will not be disclosed.The office will provide a token of appreciation for the participant’s help.

This is a great opportunity to share direct experiences about interacting with City services. Please note this audit applies only to City services. It does not include Multnomah County or TriMet services.

Deadline for Disability Leadership Academy applications is August 15th

The application deadline for the City’s Disability Leadership Academy is Thursday, August 15. The City of Portland’s Disability Program is seeking applicants to participate in the academy, which will offer skills to assist persons with disabilities to empower themselves and engage in civic leadership. It will be an intense and rewarding experience for participants to be more connected to the City and to help enrich their lives.

This program is scheduled to run from October 2016 through June 2017. Ten to 15 students who are 18 or older will be accepted into an intensive leadership course to build leadership skills, knowledge of civic engagement and public involvement, plus practical and experimental skills. People with disabilities have long felt disempowered and left in a state of isolation. The academy seeks to change this longstanding dynamic by providing practical knowledge to assist them to be more active and advocate for themselves.

Anyone interested in how to apply for or to find more information about the academy program, may check out the Disability Program’s webpage. The webpage offers more specific details, a copy to download of the brochure, a fact sheet and an application form. Questions about the application process, how to support the academy and other inquiries can be directed to Kiel Moses by email at He may also be contacted at 503-823-2539.

The first phase of the academy will be nine sessions ranging on topics of advocacy, disability studies, conflict resolution and others. Leaders with disabilities will lead these sessions, sharing their personal and professional knowledge with the participants. The second phase will be experiential and the academy participants will apply their training in the first phase to a real world issue that impacts persons with disabilities. The academy will conclude with a graduation and celebration for the participants where friends and families, along with invited dignitaries will celebrate the participants’ work and accomplishments.

The academy’s structure is based on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Diversity and Civic Leadership model. ONI oversees the Disability Program which is one of its wide range of neighborhood livability direct services. Other similar programs are New Portlanders, Community Neighborhood Involvement Center, Neighborhoods, Public Involvement Best Practices, Youth and Neighborhood Mediation.

Inaugural Wheelchair Dancers Event is August 20 at the East Bank Esplanade

The Wheelchair Dancers Organization is conducting a Groovy Walk/Run with Wheelchair Race, Party and Dance on August 20 on Portland’s East Bank Esplanade, Main Street Festival Plaza. People are invited to put on their grooviest costume for the run/walk around the downtown waterfront at sunset.

The run will be followed by a party and dance with local food and refreshments. Portland’s own Akiya Drum and Dance Circle will provide the beat for the night. There will be on-site photographers, free face painting and children’s coloring booth, fantastic food and other vendors.

Performances and joint dancing will be provided by Wheel Chair Dancers and Billy Blanks “Junior “Dance It Out.” Free dancing is available for all with lessons to be given by dance instructors. The event is to support the Wheelchair Dancers Organization whose motto is “Changing Lives Through Dance.” Further information is available on the event website. The Wheelchair Dancers website offers more information about its work and accomplishments.

MULTCO holding public hearings on three-year plan for older adult services

The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Division (ADVSD) will host two public hearings next month on its 2017-2020 Area Plan. The Area Plan, a requirement of all area agencies, describes how the county will provide a comprehensive and coordinated delivery system to older adults in Multnomah County.

The hearings are scheduled for August 23 and 24, before the plan is submitted to the state in October.

  • August 23, 2 to 3 pm, Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
  • August 24, 5:30 to 7 pm, Multnomah County East Building, Sharon Kelley Room, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham

The public hearings follow two months of listening sessions, which drew nearly 500 people from across Multnomah County who shared their thoughts on how to improve the lives of the community’s older adults. 

The listening sessions offered participants an opportunity to provide input on a number of topics, including nutrition services, abuse prevention and behavioral health. The feedback is being used to help the division develop its area plan.

During the listening sessions, attendees were asked what issues were important to them, what was working well and what areas needed more focus.

The nearly 20 sessions, many of which were offered with interpretation and took place at locations across the county, stretched from mid-April through June and drew 474 people and 2,348 comments. Some 68 percent of attendees were non-English speakers and 89 percent were from non-mainstream groups including the LGBT community.

“I think the highlight for me was when a 60-year-old man said that he was still processing the fact that he wasn't alone. He is an HIV positive long-term survivor and had no idea there were so many other people like him in our community.” said Rebecca Miller, a program specialist in ADVSD. “It was life-changing for him to connect to other people who shared that experience of loss and fear and hate. I hope we can help all these isolated people in our area find a community to connect with.”

ADVSD staff is now working with advisory council members to add the community feedback and other insights drawn from the listening sessions into the area plan in advance of the public hearings.

Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website

The latest information for upcoming 2016 Portland Commission on Disability meetings is available on the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

Incight is conducting its Live Resumé event in Albany on August 25

Incight’s Live Resume event is being held August 25 in Albany to provide a unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. The event will be from 10 am to noon at the Albany Vocational Rehabilitation Office.

Twenty spots are available for participants who will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers. There will be a 45-minute breakout networking session that follows the presentations. Prior to the main event on the 25th, participants take part in a practice session where they have the opportunity to work on their elevator pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. All skill levels are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals must first submit a resumé to Kim Alejo at Incight by emailing Once a resume is received, Incight will call the individual to discuss logistics of the event. Approved participants must attend a practice session and provide copies of their resumé at that time. Anyone unable to attend the practice session must arrange for a one-on-one practice with Incight staff.

Any questions or requests for more information is available by calling Kim Alejo at 971-244-0305 or emailing

HLAA-Portland chapter meetings to resume September 19th in NW Portland

The Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter (HLAA-Portland) will resume its regular monthly meetings on September 19 at 6:30 pm. The organization takes a summer break and does not have meetings in June, July or August. The meeting will be conducted in the second floor conference room of Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 NW Marshall.

At its last meeting, on May 16th, the chapter held its annual election of HLAA-Portland Chapter board members. These are the people who plan the monthly meetings and arrange for speakers. There are three new at-large members: Tad Boxell, Judy Cirillo and Jocelyn Cox, bringing the board to a total of seven. The board will operate as a steering committee, sharing responsibility for planning the meeting programs and for leading the meetings. Anne McLaughlin is stepping down from her role as the meeting leader.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome. More information about the organization is available on its website.

18th Annual Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk is set for September 24

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting the 18th Annual Portland and SW Washington Buddy Walk® on Saturday, September 2, from 10 am to 1:30 pm, to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together many participants from the greater Portland metro area – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk begins in the Rose Quarter Commons’ Main Amphitheater and Center Court. Join other participants for live music and family entertainment, games, bounce houses, auctions, raffles, tasty food and snacks. Hear from amazing self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. 

Sign up at the 2016 Portland Metro/Southwest Washington Buddy Walk website. Those who can’t be there may register as a virtual walker or make a donation in honor of the people in their life who experience Down syndrome.

NWDSA creates and nurtures a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability, including Down syndrome. It empowers and supports families and self-advocates, increases education, promotes public understanding and acceptance, increases competence of parents and professionals, works toward full inclusion, and defends the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Anyone who would like to learn more about NWDSA’s mission and opportunities to get involved, is encouraged to visit NWDSA’s website.

Save the Date: Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront

The 7th annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) is scheduled for October 26 from 6 to 9 pm in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Avenue in Portland’s South Waterfront. Night for Networking is a comfortable yet focused event that brings job-seekers with disabilities together with employers for an evening of networking. This successful event provides a forum for talented job-seekers with disabilities to meet and network with employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity.

Participants include job-seekers, recruiters, sponsors, volunteers, community affiliates, job-coaches, interpreters and other supporters. Attendance at last year's event included over 400 attendees and 40 sponsors.

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 NEWS, including back issues, is also available in the program’s website for viewing at this link.

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.

Please note: This information is for downloading in an e-publication format.