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Disability NEWS -- May 7, 2012


MAY 7, 2012

  • Resolution for Employment of People with Disabilities on Council agenda
  • Portland Commission on Disability Meetings
  • Mayor Adams keeps equity at forefront of next fiscal year budget
  • Small Business Development Panel featured at CCC May meeting
  • Film fest to feature the lives of people with developmental disabilities
  • Colored Pencils to feature artists with disabilities on June 29
  • Meet Business event about natural resource careers at federal agencies
  • Visit the Citys Disability Program Facebook page for current postings

Resolution for Employment of People
with Disabilities on Portland City Council
agenda for May 9 at 10 a.m.

A Model Employer proposal for employing people with disabilities is on the Portland City Council agenda for 10 am, Wednesday, May 9, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. The proposal, in the form of a resolution, is the result of over a year’s work by the Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD).

PCOD’s Employment Subcommittee researched numerous information sources, analyzed the data and compiled this proposal which will now be considered for adoption by City Council. The proposal document reports what the Commission has learned and outlines its recommendation that the City become a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The Commission on Disability, in collaboration with the Office of Equity and Human Rights, is looking to work in partnership with the Mayor and Council to develop, implement and evaluate a strategic plan for increasing the City’s employment of people with disabilities.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz commends PCOD for their diligence and hard work to produce the proposal. She sees the Commission’s proposal as an excellent example of work that will address issues of equity in Portland. With implementation of this resolution by the City equal opportunity provision of the American with Disabilities Act will be addressed, elements of the Portland Plan will be successful, and the City will diversify with a highly motivated and productive workforce.

PCOD commissioners are urging their supporters and the community to write, email or call the Mayor and City Council Commissioners to encourage their support for adoption of this proposal. To show your support, visit and click on the Mayor and different Commissioner’s web links to locate contact information to send or phone your words of support. The Commission also hopes that people will attend the May 9 meeting to show their support. Following are links to find contact information for the Mayor and City Council:

Mayor Adams:
Commissioner Fish:
Commissioner Fritz:
Commissioner Saltzman:
Commissioner Leonard:

Portland Commission on Disability
May 2012 Meetings

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, May 8, 3 to 5 pm

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, May 14, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Wednesday, May 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Disability Rights Oregon

610 SW Broadway, Second Floor

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, May 25, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue



Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Conference Room C, Second Floor

Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave

PLEASE NOTE: Meetings may be cancelled or subject to changes in date, time and location. For the most up-to-date information on Commission meetings, please click the Portland Commission on Disability calendar website or ONI Neighborhood Calendar Disability Events link the for latest information on meetings. Other community disability organizations’ events may also be found on these sites.


Mayor Adams keeps equity at forefront
of Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget

May Sam Adams has released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 and strived to maintain funding for all Portlanders – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, neighborhood, age, income or place of birth – to have opportunities to succeed. He noted they must have access to opportunities to advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. Adams said, “Equity not only makes individual lives better, it uplifts the whole city. Despite a tough budget year, I have kept equity at the forefront.”

Of interest to people with disabilities, his proposed budget spares the Office of Equity & Human Rights from cuts, supports the Portland Plan’s equity framework, includes $368,000 to fund phases II and III of the Citywide compliance assessment project related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and has provisions for the City Attorney’s Office to continue providing legal advice on Equity in Contracting, the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. The $368,000 funding relates to the effort supporting the implementation of the Disabilities Transition Plan stated in the Portland Plan, recently approve by Council.

More information about the proposed budget and the full text of the May 3 Mayor’s proposal may be found by clicking the link on the Mayor’s website,


Small Business Development Panel featured
at Connecting Communities' May meeting

At Connecting Communities Coalition’s May 10 membership meeting, a Small Business Development panel will be featured to give advice and guidance to budding business owners. The meeting will be held from 5 to 8 pm at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch Street. Service organizations for people with disabilities will also be present to help attendees connect with resources that can assist them in beginning the process of starting their own business.

Participants are requested to RSVP so CCC may know who and how many persons will attend. Click to respond. CCC is also happy to provide any accommodations necessary and requests any accessibility questions or requests be emailed to


Local Sprout Film Fest to feature the lives
of people with developmental disabilities

The Sprout Film Festival will feature a collection of innovative and memorable films by and about the lives and accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities on May 12. The fest will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue. Tickets may be purchased online securely through PayPal by clicking the link,, and looking to the right side of the webpage.

Guests may order from the full McMenamins food and beverage menus in the theater before, during and after the show. All purchases will help meet the food and beverage minimum required to rent the space and bring this premiere event to Portland. There will also be a raffle for an exciting array of prices throughout the evening that have been generously donated by supporters.


Colored Pencils celebration to feature
artists with disabilities on June 29

The Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council would like to integrate artists with disabilities into their family and is calling upon these artists and storytellers to participate at the June 29 art and culture night celebration. The Portland Commission on Disability, Disability Arts and Culture Project and Connecting Communities Coalition will be co-hosting the celebration with Colored Pencils.

The call for this celebration is for a spoken word artist (storytelling, poetry, singing, etc.) from the disabilities community to perform. Anyone interested in being part of the event or knows an interested person, please submit a brief biography, photo and YouTube, website or other collateral information to Lavaun Heaster at

A talent bank is also being gathered for spoken word, cultural and visual artists with disabilities to be represented at future celebrations. Any artists who wish to join the talent pool may provide the same information as noted in the previous paragraph and forward it to Lavaun’s email. To join in June or become part of the talent pool, you may also contact her by phoning 503-231-1052.

Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council is a sweaty 6-week community-building process even more than it is a bi-monthly multicultural family room event celebrating Portland’s culinary, performing, and fine artists. During this raucous 6-week process which produces a vigorous bi-monthly event, a construction crew of strangers representing a dozen ethnicities; 4 generations; all religious traditions, all love orientations, all physical and mental abilities, work then play, eat and dance together. More information about Colored Pencils is available at this website link.


Meet Business event highlights natural resource
careers at federal agencies on May 24 in Portland

A Meet Business: Natural Resource Carrers within Federal Agencies is being held Thursday, May 24, from 1 to 4 pm for people with disabilities. The career event is being held at the Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St., and free on-site parking passes will be available at registration.

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Incight and OVRS, is hosting this informational and netoworking event to introduce job seekers, job developers and job coaches to natural resource career opportunities within Federal agencies. There will be up to 12 natural resource careers showcased by various agencies along with career display tables and materials from each of the participating Federal agencies.

For information on reservations and to request reasonable accommodation, contact Tiana Tozer by phone at 971-244-0305 or emailing Registration may also be completed online at:


Looking for more news, events, information?

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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 Commissions 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 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. Please visit and watch its development.


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