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Disability NEWS - March 16, 2012


MARCH 16, 2012

  • April 2012 Portland Commission on Disability meetings
  • Commissioner Fritz to speak at Hearing Loss Association of Portland
  • Clackamas County Disability Resource Fair to be March 21
  • Brain Injury Support Community holding its meeting on April 7
  • Center seeking volunteers for research how brain processes sounds
  • Mayoral forum to address Building an Age-Friendly Portland
  • Community forum on age and disabilities is April 10 in Salem
  • Career Expo offers opportunities to meet employers
  • Visit the City’s Disability Program Facebook page for current postings


Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD)
April 2012 Meetings


PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Rose Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, April 9, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A


PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 10, 3 to 5 pm

Rose Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Conference Room C, Second Floor

Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave


PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

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

Disability Rights Oregon

610 SW Broadway, Second Floor


PCoD Employment Subcommittee

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

Pettygrove Room, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue


Commissioner Fritz speaking to Hearing Loss Assn of Portland

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will be speaking to the Hearing Loss Association of Portland at its March 20 meeting. She will describe the work of the City’s Disability Program and the Portland Commission on Disability. These two programs are housed in bureaus that Fritz directs. The meeting will be held at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in the North-South Conference Room and starts at 7 pm. The meeting room is in Building 2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue at the corner of NWW Marshall St. For more information about the Hearing Loss Association of Portland, visit their website at


Clackamas County Disability Resource Fair to be March 21

The 2012 Clackamas County Disability Resource Fair will be held Wednesday, March 21, from 9 am to 1 pm at Clackamas Community College’s Gregory Forum Building. The college is located at 19600 Molalla Ave in Oregon City.

This free resource fair is for Clackamas County adults, youth and veterans to learn about resources and services available in the community. Last year, over persons attended the fair. For more information, contact Iliana Fontal, NW Family Services Employment Assistance Department, at 503-546-2566.


Brain Injury Support Community holding its meeting on April 7

Service & Accessibility Issues Following Acquired Brain Injury will be the theme at the next Brain Injury Support Community (BISC) meeting on April 7 from noon to 2 pm in the Lorenzen Conference Room at Emanuel Hospital, 2801 N Gantenbein. The keynote speaker is Julia Greenfield, an attorney from Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), and she will address the services that DRO offers.

BISC community meetings are free and are provided for audience participation and interaction to share ideas, thoughts, techniques, and information. Other agenda items include what’s new with BISC, BIRRDsong, Brainstormers, Thrive and Family Services. For more information, call BISC at 503-224-9069 or email


Center seeking volunteers for research how brain processes sounds

The National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) is seeking volunteers for a research study concerning how the brain processes different sounds. NCRAR is located at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. The purpose is to learn how individuals with hearing loss and other individuals with normal hearing process and understand sounds that are presented in background noise.

Up to eight visits, totaling 16 hours will be needed to complete the study and scheduled for the participant’s convenience. Twenty dollars will be paid for each visit and participants will receive a hearing evaluation at no cost. Volunteers should be over age 60, right-handed and not taking sleep, seizure or mood altering medications, including antidepressants.

An appointment for a hearing test will be arranged to see whether participants meet the study criteria. This is a research study and should not be considered treatment. Anyone interested in participating or wanting more information, should contact Tina Penman at 503-220-8262, extension 52007 or email


Mayoral forum to address Building an Age-Friendly Portland

Portland’s mayoral candidates will discuss their plans and visions to help create a Portland that is friendly to all ages and disabilities at a Mayoral Candidate Forum and Community Conversation on April 7. The forum and community conversation will be held from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah.

Seating is limited, please reply by April 2. Call toll-free at 1-877-926-8300 or go to the AARP website for more information and to register online.


Community forum on age and disabilities is April 10 in Salem

Can You See Me? is set for April 10 in Salem to discuss interacting with those who are aging and people with disabilities. The Salem Human Rights & Relations Advisory Committee (HRRAC), in partnership with Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America, is conducting the community forum at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, starting at 6:45 pm.

The forum is to dispel myths about age and disabilities through observations of community members who have experienced a range of reactions in their daily lives. The event is interactive and will include a film and panel discussion. All are invited to attend and fully participate. For further information, contact Marilyn Johnston at 503-540-2371.

Prior to the community meeting, there will be a short HRRAC business meeting, beginning at 6 pm, followed by an opportunity to speak with Commissioners. The Community Forum will begin promptly at 6:45 pm.


Career Expo offers opportunities to meet 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.


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 Commission’s website

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

The Commission has begun development of its own website, which is found at There are links for the meeting calendars, commissioner profiles and other information. The site will be adding more content as it now is moved to the new Office of Equity & Human Rights.

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