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Disability NEWS - January 12, 2012

JANUARY 12, 2012

  • January 2012 Portland Commission on Disability meetings
  • Work continuing to establish new Office of Equity
  • Community Forum on January 19 for assessing city candidate skills
  • Incight announces its 2012/2013 Scholarship
  • Training Opportunity for Inter-Group Dialogue Facilitators
  • Winter weather warning: Sidewalks & curbcuts need to be clear
  • Portland Commission on Disability to conduct February retreat
  • Emergency preparedness includes being ready for weather events
  • Visit the City’s Disability Program Facebook page for current postings

Portland Commission on Disability
January 2012 Subcommittee Meetings

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Wednesday, January 18, 3 to 5 p.m.

Disability Rights Oregon

620 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, January 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pettygrove Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

Work continuing to establish
new Office of Equity

Following the adoption of an ordinance on September 21, 2011, the Office of Equity and Human Rights is moving forward with a search for a director. The Office will apply the definition and vision of equity from The Portland Plan and coordinate an implementation strategy for the Equity Initiative Recommendations of the Plan.

Of interest to the disabilities community, the Portland Commission on Disability is included in the new Office. The Commission worked many hours and participated in numerous meetings since the initial proposal in February 2011 by Mayor Sam Adams for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the City’s equity policy. The Commission is looking forward to furthering its efforts to increases accessibility in Portland in collaboration with other equity partners.

To be added an e-mail list, receive updates and even be involved in the Equity work, visit Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s webpage on Equity. There are also links on the page to more information on the ordinance and the work that has lead to the new Office.

Community Forum set January 19
to discuss city candidate skills

Many voters would like to know more than just what candidates say about themselves and their opponents. To address this need, a unique community forum to identify skills and abilities that Portland mayors and city council members need to serve effectively is scheduled for January 19 from 7 to 9 pm. The forum is sponsored by a diverse group of community and neighborhood organizations and will be held in St. Philip Neri Catholic Church’s Carvlin Hall at 2408 SE 16th Ave.

All community members are invited to attend and will be of interest to those who have experience interacting with the members of City Council. The forum will focus on identifying the skills, abilities and temperament need to serve the community and not on particular policy issues. It is non-partisan and not connected to any candidate or campaign. The goal is to give community members a greater voice in the election process and to improve Portland’s leadership and governance.

More information is available at on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website.

Incight announces its
2012/2013 Scholarship program

Each year, Incight awards approximately 100 scholarships to students with disabilities, ranging in value from $500 to $2,500. Incight announces that its 2012/2013 Scholarship Program is open to students who have demonstrated outstanding merit in giving back to the community and overcoming obstacles in order to pursue higher education.

In addition to providing financial support, Incight remains a valuable resource for its scholars throughout their college years, during the transition from high school to college, while seeking accommodations, and preparing students for post-graduate life entering the employment sector. Click the Incight/Education link to find out more about the program and how to apply. The deadline for new scholarships is March 2, 2012.

Training Opportunity set January 13 
for Inter-Group Dialogue Facilitators

The City of Portland’s community Inter-Group Dialogue Program (IGD) is seeking candidates who are dedicated to working with diverse racial identity populations, strengthening intergroup relations and fostering understanding, inclusion, and justice in our city. There are three days of training scheduled for January 26 through 28 for people who have experience in group dialogues to become facilitators. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, January 13.

The following are preferred criteria for IGD facilitators and will help guide the selection of the candidates for training: self-confidence in facilitating sensitive conversations, experience with group dialogue processes, availability to be present for full series of dialogue processes, time commitment, and to be willing to facilitate dialogues on a volunteer basis. Further information and the application is available on the Office of Human Relations website or by contacting Koffi Dessou at 503-823-4429 or email

Winter weather warning:
Sidewalks & curbcuts need to be clear

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program is advising in advance of possible inclement winter weather that property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. In addition, the snow and/or ice should be cleared with an awareness that curb cuts for driveways and pedestrian access should be left open for people with disabilities who use mobility devices. If the access is blocked, a person with a disability can be blocked from accessing the sidewalk and left stranded in the street or on the sidewalk during cold, severe winter weather.

If you, or anyone you know, encounters trouble while navigating sidewalks during inclement weather, please send us an e-mail with the location address and its cross streets. The goal is to track problem locations and work with Portland Bureau of Transportation to facilitate safe accessibility during winter weather

Portland Commission on Disability
to conduct February retreat

In lieu of a February meeting, the Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) will conduct a retreat on February 10. No business will be conducted at this work session/retreat while commissioners participate in team building, leadership training, and work plan updating. An internal communications presentation is also planned with an opportunity to assist commissioners in using applications, emails and calendars specific to the commission.

The retreat has been in planning since early fall with a discussion to the full commission at its December 9 meeting. It will offer time for the group to review its work over nearly two years, meet the newer commissioners, update work plans and consider its work with the new Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Emergency preparedness includes
preparing for weather events

Winter weather can quickly change with very serious, unexpected results. Severe ice and snow storms can cause people to be housebound and have to cope with power outages, food supply shortages and other weather-related problems. It is not just the headline-catching disasters that have experts warning that people with disabilities have an emergency preparedness plan in place before an emergency arises.

Emergency Preparedness Training is offered through a partnership with the ONI Disability Program and the Oregon Health Sciences Center. The training is for several hours and provides complete information on making a plan, things to consider, lists of supplies and materials to gather and other information to help participants deal with an unexpected emergency. Materials are provided for participants to take home for use. For information about workshops or to schedule one for a worksite or housing complex, contact Danielle Bailey by email at or by phone at 503-494-4858.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page
for news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement 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.

Get more news/information
at the Disability Program’s website

You can access more information on resources, events and the Portland Commission on Disability at the program’s website,

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