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Disability NEWS -- June 12, 2012

JUNE 12, 2012

  • Portland Commission on Disability Meetings for June 2012
  • Meet Business event addresses health care industry careers
  • Disability Rights Oregon requests input on priorities survey
  • Harper's Playground broke ground on June 8 in Arbor Lodge Park
  • Volunteers called help with research on Portland Streetcar
  • Colored Pencils to feature artists with disabilities on June 29
  • PHAME sets Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka production for June 23-24
  • Visit the City’s Disability Program Facebook page for current postings


Portland Commission on Disability
June 2012 Meetings
PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Third Wednesday of the month
Wednesday, June 20, 3 to 5 p.m.
Disability Rights Oregon
610 SW Broadway, Second Floor

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Fourth Friday of the month
Friday, June 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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 addresses
health care industry careers

The Meet Business: The Health Care Industry event is being held Thursday, June 14, from 2 to 4 pm for people with disabilities. This career event is being held in the Atrium at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, 501 N Graham, at the Medical Office Building entrance. Several parking lots are located on the hospital campus.

Incight, OVRS, RISE and Legacy Health, in partnership with six healthcare employers, are hosting this informational and networking event to introduce job seekers, job developers and job coaches to opportunities in the health care industry. The event will include a 30-minute presentation at 2 pm and then time to network with the employers. Consider attending if you are looking for networking opportunities, wondering what you want to do when you grow up, are looking for a job/internship, or are simply curious about the the career opportunities available in the healthcare field.

For further information, including maps and registration, visit:

Disability Rights Oregon requests
input on priorities survey

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is the state's protection and advocacy system. DRO advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Using outreach, education, information & referrals, indvidual case work, policy advocacy and litigation, it helps individuals who have a legal issue related to their disability.

Every issue facing individuals is important. However, due to limited resources, DRO cannot give equal attention to every issue. Each year, with input from Oregon's disability community, it sets goals and priorities to address the most urgent needs. DRO is asking now for opinions to help in in determining its goals and priorities through a survey.

Visit the link to either complete the survey online or use a Word document to submit to DRO. The surveys are available in both English and Spanish versions. There is also contact information on the web page for those who may need assistance or an alternate format.


Harper's Playground broke ground
on June 8 in Arbor Lodge Park

A groundbreaking celebration for Harper's Playground was held on June 8 for the first playground in Portland Parks & Recreation's system to be specifically established for children with disabilities. The park is the vision of the parents of Harper Goldberg, who loves spending time at the North Portland park, but has limited mobility due to have a rare condition called Emanuel Syndrome.

Their personal mission became inclusion and they hope that their vision and efforts will lead to a more inclusive world. Together, they have dedicated close to 1,000 hours towards the playground in the 18 months since they began. Their efforts started small and grew once they developed partnerships with organizations like the Portland Timbers.

The groundbreaking was also eventful, for that Friday was Harper's seventh birthday. For more information about Harper's Playground and the efforts to create it, visit the website at

Volunteers called help with research

on Portland Streetcar bridgeplates
The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Streetcar are performing some research on their vehicles and how they are serving the needs of the community that uses mobility devises.  They are recruiting people of all ages who use crutches, walkers, wheel chairs (both manual and electric) and scooters for testing on June 26 and 27.

As a token of appreciation, volunteers who complete the evaluation of the bridgeplates will be provided with a $25 gift certificate at a local retailer. People interested should contact Shoshanah Oppenheim at 503-823-7677 or by email to

Colored Pencils 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 at 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 developed 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 sets 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. 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.

PHAME is also set to make its debut at the Waterfront Blues Festival. PHAME's student musicians will be featured on the Main and Back Porch stages, July 5 and 8, collaborating with their friends from United by Music, an international organization from the Netherlands. This will be an amazing opportunity to see PHAME students performing blues music with some of the region's top musicians.

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 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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