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Disability NEWS – October 19, 2016

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October 19, 2016

In this issue…

  • Be ready for the November 8th General Election and make your vote count
  • 8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront
  • Incight holding campus events in October at Clackamas Community College and PSU
  • PBOT seeks participants for survey to assess disability parking regulations
  • Multnomah County offering free counseling about upcoming Medicare coverage changes
  • OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are on October 22nd
  • Working with a Mentor to Find Employment Webinar to be held online on October 26
  • Portland Commission on Disability November meeting to be November 18th
  • Disability rights fellowship available to law school graduates
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Be ready for the General Election on November 8th to make your vote count

Voting in every election is definitely important, but the general election on November 8 includes selecting the chief executive of the United States to govern for the next four years. With the election only three weeks away, voters with disabilities can make their votes count by being prepared.

Having accommodations to vote, learning about candidates and issues, checking to be sure the ballot is received by October 31, and completing it to mail in time are important items to review. Fortunately, help for these concerns is available through Disability Rights Oregon (DRO). DRO is providing information on its website to guide voters to successfully vote and make their voice heard. There is even a three-minute video that explains methods for people with disabilities to vote and a link that provides a list of official ballot dropsites if there is not enough time for it to be received by mail.

Anyone experiencing problems in voting may contact the Disability Rights Oregon Voting Hotline at 888-339-VOTE (8683).

8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront

The 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. There is also helpful information about sponsored rides with Uber and free parking after 5 p.m. in the Schnitzer Parking Lot. Event staff by be contacted by calling 503-494-5248 or emailing to

Incight conducting campus events in October at Clackamas Community College and PSU

To help high school graduates consider their transition from secondary education, Incight is offering events at two colleges in the Portland area during October. Incight will partner with Clackamas Community College on October 20 and Portland State University on October 27 to help prospective students explore higher education opportunities.

During these full-day events, students learn how to access disability services, financial aid, and enrollment options while meeting current college students with disabilities, going on a campus tour, and much more. It’s an excellent way to check out a college campus with Incight, college staff and students.

To register, just click the Clackamas Community College event link and the Portland State University event link. For further information about the events or to learn more about the Incight on Campus program, visit the program website. Information is also available by emailing Keith Gilmore at

PBOT seeks participants for survey to assess disability parking regulations

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is inviting people with disabilities to participate in a survey to assess the impact of changes made two years ago to the City’s disabled parking regulations. In 2013 and 2014, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff worked with Commissioner Steve Novick’s office, the Disabled Parking Task Force, and the Portland Commission on Disability to create recommendations to update disabled parking regulations which took effect on July 1, 2014.

The online survey is one tool that will be used to determine if the current practices should be continued or if changes are necessary that help disabled parkers access parking. 

The survey may be taken by selecting this link and it will open on the SurveyMonkey website. PBOT offers further information online about its disabled parking program in the Disabled Parking in Portland section of its website.

Multnomah County offering free counseling about upcomingMedicare coverage changes

The Multnomah County Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program will provide one-on-one counseling to help citizens understand the upcoming changes in Medicare health and drug insurance coverage, to identify important issues and to compare their current coverage with the Medicare plans available for 2017. The “Plan Annual Notice of Change” packet, which recipients must receive from their current plan by September 30, contains specific information about changes in coverage, costs or participating providers that will be effective in January. 

The annual Medicare open enrollment period, during which a Medicare-eligible user can switch plans, begins October 15 and extends through December 7 of this year. 

Some costly changes may be hidden in this year’s document. For example, the drug deductible for 2017 that must be paid before prescription coverage begins has increased for many plans. Some health plans have higher premiums or out-of-pocket costs. Other plans have increased the amount that participants pay for doctor visits, ambulance services, or other benefits. 

“Choosing Medicare coverage is very individual and people approach it differently,” said SHIBA Program Coordinator Janet Bowman. “There are basic questions to ask: Does the plan cover my prescriptions? Does it cover the doctors I want to see? Can I afford the costs? With many choices available, citizens can find plans to meet their needs. We are here to help them with the search.” 

Medicare enrollment assistance will be available at several Multnomah County libraries beginning in October. Participants must register in advance for the one-on-one counseling sessions. These sessions will provide individual one hour appointments with a trained, impartial SHIBA counselor to compare plans. Call 503-988-3646 to schedule an appointment. Please do not call the library. The following is a list of the enrollment events with times, locations and dates:

  • Tuesday, October 18, at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.
  • Monday, October 24, at Hollywood Library, NE Tillamook
  • Wednesday, November 2, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Tuesday, November, 8 at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • Monday, November, 14 at St.Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Street
  • Friday, November 18, at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • Monday, November 21, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Monday, November 28, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Monday, December 5, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Medicare participants can find more information about Medicare plans at and in the “Medicare and You 2017” handbook mailed to households. For more information on all events, contact Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline at 503-988-3646.  

OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are October 22nd

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) invites the community to participate in the 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival 5K, 1K, and Kids' Dash on Sunday, October 22, in downtown Portland. Besides the races, there is the Harvest Hustle Festival with delicious food, live music, crafts and giveaways.

The route this year is new and completely completely accessible, located on public transportation lines, with the races ging across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. All the work is in close conjunction with Child Development & Rehabilitation Center’s clinical operations. The Harvest Hustle is the annual fundraiser for IDD and all proceeds will support:

  • Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism
  • Camp More: An overnight summer camp for teens who stutter 
  • Go Baby Go: Providing mobility devices (modified electric cars) for kids with mobility concerns
  • Hearing Aid Lending Library: Providing hearing aids as loaner items for families who need to test out new devices

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.

To learn more, visit the event website at or contact Melissa Mullineaux at or 503-494-6337.

Working with a Mentor to Find Employment webinar is online on October 26

Anyone receiving Social Security and who wants to learn more about working, will find Social Security’s Ticket to Work program to be a useful resource. Hosted on the website, a Webinar on Working with a Mentor to Find Employment is being held on October 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Participants will learn about tips for finding and working with a mentor, how a mentor can help in finding employment and work incentives with the Ticket to Work Program. The webinar’s registration is available online, by calling 1-866-968-7842, or emailing

This webinar is one of the free Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) offered through the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. WISE webinars are online events held for beneficiaries to learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Previous webinars are archived and available for viewing at this website.

Portland Commission on Disability November meeting to be November 18th

In observance of Veterans Day on November 11, the Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) will meet on Friday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Bridge & Steel Rooms at the Office of Equity & Human Rights in the Commonwealth Building, 421 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 500. Further information about PCOD may be found on the Office of Equity & Human Rights website.

Disability rights fellowship available to law school graduates

The Brown, Goldstein & Levy Disability Rights Fellowship is available to law school graduates with a disability and zero to three years of legal experience. Applicants should have strong academic credentials, excellent writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to disability rights. It is a one-year fellowship and may include the opportunity for a second year.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 BGL Disability Rights Fellowship. This fellowship will begin on September 18, 2017 and end on August 31, 2018.

Applications must be received no later than November 4, 2016. For further information, please visit the fellowship announcement on the Disability Rights Oregon website.

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.

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