Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Disability NEWS - March 1, 2012


MARCH 1, 2012

  • March 2012 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) meetings
  • PCOD moves to new Office of Equity & Human Rights
  • Tapping Fresh Talent - Career Expo set for April 12
  • Adults with disabilities at higher risk of violence than non-disabled
  • Consumer Voice hosting 2-part webinar series on important legal protections
  • IRS offering tax preparation videos in ASL on YouTube
  • Class action lawsuit challenges Redbox discriminating against the blind
  • PHAME preparing for its H is for Honored Tour this month
  • Visit the City’s Disability Program Facebook page for current postings


Portland Commission on Disability
March 2012 Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Rose Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, March 12, 10 am to 1 pm
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A (fourth floor)

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee
Tuesday, March 13, 3 to 5 pm
Pettygrove Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Wednesday, March 14, 3 to 5 p.m.
(Please note change in day of the month)

Disability Rights Oregon
620 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, March 23, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Pettygrove Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


PCOD moves to Office of Equity & Human Rights
The Portland Commission on Disability moved March 1 to the new Office of Equity & Human Rights in the Commonwealth Building. The new address for the Commission is 421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, Oregon 97204. Phone inquiries about the Commission may be made to Patrick Philpott at 503-823-4432.
This is culmination of a year's work for the Commission with the Mayor and City Council. Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed the new city office in February 2011 and included the Commission as part of its structure. A new director, Dante James, was recently selected to guide the office in applying the definition and vision of equity from The Portland Plan.

With the move, some of the Commission meetings may relocate to one of the conference rooms at the new location. Please visit and click the calendar link prior to attending any Commission meeting for any changes in meeting time, date or location.

Tapping Fresh Talent-Career Expo 2012 offers
for meeting employers
The 5th annual Tapping Fresh Talent – Career Expo 2012 offers job seekers and students with disabilities the opportunity to meet with employers who are interested in talking to them. This premier free event will be April 12 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way from 10 am to 2 pm.

Activities include: Resume Review, mock interviews, an internship workshop and student central. Visit for more information and how to register. There is also info for employers and sponsors at the link.

Adults with disabilities at a higher risk of violence than non-disabled
The Lancet Early Online Publication reported on February 28 on the prevalence and risk of violence against adults with disabilities. The report offers a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. The assessment of the data showed that adults with disabilities are at a higher risk of violence than are non-disabled adults, with those who have mental illnesses being particularly vulnerable. To read a summary of the report, go to

Consumer Voice hosting webinar series
on important legal protections

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (the Consumer Voice) is hosting a two-part webinar series designed to give advocates, ombudsmen, consumers, families, providers and others a deeper understanding of guardianships, financial powers of attorney and advance care planning. Participants will gain a basic understanding of these three important legal protections and how best to work with and support an individual who has a guardian or agent. Suggestions and approaches for handling challenging situations will also be covered.

The two webinars are offered on March 13 and April 4 from 3 to 4:30 pm. Costs priced for consumer advocates and providers. An mp3 recording is also available. To register, go to


Internal Revenue Service is offering
tax preparation videos in ASL

Deaf and hard of hearing consumers can find answers to their tax questions directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in American Sign Language (ASL). Visit the IRS YouTube channel at to see ASL videos that will help in completing your taxes this year.


Class action lawsuit challenges
Redbox's discrimination to the Blind

Video rental giant, Redbox, is the object of a class action lawsuit because its self-service kiosks with touch-screen controls exclude the blind from using its services. The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, along with five blind individuals, brought the lawsuit on behalf of blind and visually-impaired persons throughout California.

Redbox has a major share of the national video rental markets with its DVD rentals accounting for approximately 34 percent of the nation's rentals. With the increase of technologies that interface allow people to bank, shop and conduct a wide range of transactions independent of a clerk, the lawsuit represents a growing technological divide that the blind experience when companies ignore including accessible features. More information on this lawsuit is available on the Disability Rights Advocates website at


PHAME preparing for H is for Honored Tour in March
PHAME is thrilled to announce that in just under one month, 1 production manager, 2 tour buses, 12 staff members, 48 PHAME students, and countless volunteers will unite to bring PHAME's H is for Honored Tour to communites in the Portland metro region. The pieces are falling into place - the students have their itineraries, and the excitement is palpable. The tour will be from March 14 to 22 with tickets now on sale online and at the Aladdin Theater box office for $15 each.

PHAME stands for Pacific Honored Artists, Musicians & Entertainers and it serves for than 100 adults, from 17-60, with developmental disabilities in its year-round arts programming. Visit the link at to learn more about PHAME and the H is for Honored Tour’s locations, times and ticket purchasing.


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
Access more information on resources, events and the Portland Commission on Disability at the program’s website,
To update your contact information, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter or if you wish to submit information for the newsletter, please contact Patrick Philpott, Portland Commission on Disability Administrative Coordinator, at:

Phone: 503-823-4432

Please note: This information may also provided in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats. Please use the contact information above to make your request for an alternative format.
The Disability NEWS is distributed by the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program and the Portland Commission on Disability.