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Disability NEWS -- May 21, 2012



MAY 21, 2012

  • Resolution for Employment of People with Disabilities approved by City Council
  • Portland Commission on Disability Meetings
  • Meet Business event covers natural resource careers at federal agencies
  • Obama sends ratification package for U.N. Disabilities Convention to Senate
  • Colored Pencils to feature artists with disabilities on June 29
  • PHAME sets Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka production for June 23-24
  • Visit the Citys Disability Program Facebook page for current postings

City Council unanimously votes to adopt Model
Employer of People with Disabilities Resolution

Portland’s City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Portland Commission on Disability’s Model Employer for People with Disabilities Resolution on May 9. The Commission’s Employment subcommittee, under the leadership of chair Travis Wall, researched information, analyzed the data and compiled the proposal passed by the City Council. The Resolution is the first action brought to Council by the Office of Equity and Human Rights under the leadership of Director Dante James.

An estimated 108,000 Portlanders live with disabilities. They are under-employed and unemployed at far greater rates than people without disabilities, including being significantly underrepresented in the City’s workforce. People with disabilities experience high rates of poverty, inadequate health care, and socially marginalization, in part because of lack of access to good jobs. Studies show that people with disabilities tend to be among the most loyal and productive employees, and the cost of accommodations required under the Americans with Disabilities Act is often much less than employers believe.

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD), Office of Equity and Human Rights, and Bureau of Human Resources will work in partnership with the Mayor and Commissioners to develop, implement and evaluate a strategic plan and action items for increasing the City of Portland’s employment of people with disabilities. Through the implementation of this Resolution, the 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.

Portland Commission on Disability
May-June 2012 Meetings

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Fourth Friday of the month

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

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

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

First Wednesday of the month

Wednesday, June 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

The Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 4th Ave, Suite 500

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

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Second Monday of the month

Monday, June 11, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Ave

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Second Tuesday of the month

Tuesday, June 12, 3 to 5 pm

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

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 for current information on meetings or events. Other community disability organizations’ events may also be found on these sites.


Meet Business event covers natural
resource careers at federal agencies

A Meet Business: Natural Resource Carrers within Federal Agencies is being held Thursday, May 24, from 1 to 4 pm for people with disabilities. This 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 networking 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 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:


Obama sends ratification package
for Disabilities Convention to Senate

Nearly three years after signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Obama administration is asking the U.S. Senate to grant final approval of the treaty. The United States signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009, but Senate approval is required to make participation official.

The convention is designed to expand community access and improve the standard of living for the estimated 650 million people around the world with disabilities. It is the first new human rights convention of this century.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities originated in 2007. When the U.S. signed the treaty in 2009, it was the 142nd country to do so. The U.N. is expected to establish a committee in the fall to oversee the convention and if the Senate does not grant approval before then, the U.S. would not be eligible to join the inaugural leadership team.


Colored Pencils event 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.


PHAME to present Roald Dahl’s
Willy Wonka production for June 23-24

The power of positive thinking will be in technicolor next month, as more than 40 of PHAME's inspiring student performers take the stage in Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka. PHAME's major annual musical production will run June 23 through 24 at the Mt. Hood Community College mainstage theatre in Gresham.

Golden Circle tickets to PHAME's Willy Wonka production are on sale now and general admission tickets go on sale starting May 9. The complete "Willy Wonka" PHAME cast and artistic team was just announced, so click this link to find out what role your favorite PHAME performer has in the show and how to order tickets.

In just a few weeks, PHAME will announce some truly exciting opportunities for the greater Portland community to find its own golden ticket through PHAME - and win some fantastical prizes and discounts along the way. Keep your eyes peeled on the PHAME eNews and on their website for more details when they announce their PHAME

Gold Circle tickets are $22 to $28, and general admission tickets are $14 to $19. PHAME's 2011 musical production, "Grease," was a sold-out event - be sure to buy tickets today!


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 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 the Commission has moved to the Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and watch its development.

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