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Disability NEWS - January 10, 2014

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January 10, 2014

  • Portland City Council approves changes for Disabled Parking Placard Program
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule
  • Legislative Advocacy Panel rescheduled for January 14th in Portland Building
  • Independent Living Resources to start its Rent Well class this month
  • FACT hosts Kathie Snow to present on raising a child with a disability
  • Independent Living Resources membership meeting set for January 22nd
  • CRISSCROSS meeting for those wanting to start a business on January 24th
  • Incight’s Live Resume to be held February 13, submit info by January 24
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Portland City Council approves changes for Disabled Parking Program

The Portland City Council voted unanimously on December 19 to accept recommendations for a Disabled Parking Program and to direct the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to complete development of the program and implement the new regulations on July 1, 2014. The body also extended the date of privileges for standard disabled parking placards to June 30, 2014.  The Portland Commission on Disability Accessibility in the Built Environment (ABE) subcommittee has worked and will continue to work closely with PBOT to develop this program. 

PBOT first approached ABE with this project in March 2012.  Since then, ABE has been diligently raising concerns and issues that reflect the disability community to ensure this program will be as fair as possible to drivers and commuters that use handicap placards.  The chair of ABE, Suzanne Stahl, reports that between now and July 1, the subcommittee will: 1) Meet with PBOT regularly to discuss permits, in-vehicle meters, and program website information; 2) Play a key role in determining where disabled-designated and wheelchair-designated spaces will be placed; and, most importantly, 3) Help inform all communities of these changes and bring the community into these discussions.

To ready the Disability Parking Program ordinance and resolution, please visit this link on the City Auditor’s website. Click the ordinances and resolutions links under the 12/18-19/2013 City Council meeting section. Anyone who wants to ask questions of PBOT concerning the program, may email

January 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, January 13, 10 am to 1 pm
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, January 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, January 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PLEASE NOTE: All Portland Commission on Disability
meetings and events are open to the public.

Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel rescheduled for January 14th

The “Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel – Get Ready for the 2014 State Legislative Session” meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 14 from 6 to 8 pm in the Portland Buildings’ second floor auditorium. The event will preview the 2014 state legislative session and provide attendees with tips on how to be an effective advocate in the community or neighborhood. The previously scheduled meeting on December 10th was cancelled due to the widespread electrical outage in downtown Portland.

A panel of state legislators will share their tips on being an effective advocate and take questions about how the community can impact public policy during the upcoming state legislative session. State representatives Lew Frederick and Jessica Vega Pederson, Ty Schwoeffermann of the Urban League, and Abby Tibbs, district director for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, will be on the panel.

For more information on the panel event, please visit the event’s website at this link.

Independent Living Resources starts its Rent Well class this month

Independent Living Resources (ILR) is providing a Rent Well class that may help people with low income, past evictions, criminal history or other significant barriers in finding and keeping stable, safe housing. Rent Well is a series of seven classes that will be offered starting January 22nd through March 5th. Anyone interested in this class may contact Evelyn at 503-232-7411 or email her at

In Rent Well, participants will be helped to create a series of small steps that will address these barriers and empower them as they search for a new home. At graduation, participants will be eligible for the Rent Well Landlord Guarantee making them more attractive as tenants to potential landlords.

FACT presents Kathie Snow speaking on raising a child with a disability

The FACT Family Network is hosting Kathy Snow’s presentation of “Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities” on Thursday, January 23. There are two sessions, one at lunch and one in the evening, at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the Vey Conference Room. The lunch session is from 11 am to 1 pm and the evening session will be from 6 to 8 pm.

Since the way people think drives the way they act, Kathie believes real change can only occur if people first acquire new attitudes and perceptions about individuals with disabilities. Kathie is the parent of two young adults, one of whom has a disability diagnosis. She combines her earlier career in the media with personal experiences in the disability arena to ignite positive and long-lasting change.

Kathie also believes the inclusion of people with disabilities can best be accomplished when they move from client-hood to citizenship, and replace traditional "special" and segregated services with assistance from the abundant supply of natural supports and generic services that exist in every community. For more information about the event and registration information, please visit the event website.

Independent Living Resources membership meeting set for January 22

Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC) will hold its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, January 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm, in its offices at 1839 NE Couch Street. There will be a presentation and discussion on the City of Portland’s newly passed Disability Parking Ordinance by PCOD Chair Joe VanderVeer and another agenda item is to discuss proposed change to the Project Based Structure for the 2014 CCC project. CCC Co-chairs Barbara Dirk and Jan Campbell will conduct the CCC presentation. Light food and refreshments will be provided.

CRISSCROSS meeting for those wanting to start a business on January 24

CRISSCROSS’s first meeting is Friday, January 24, at 2 pm and will be an information exchange and learning session for those who want to start or grow a business. It will be held at Panera Cares Bakery, 4143 NE Halsey Street, across from the Hollywood Transit Center, next to Trader Joe’s.

The session is intended for cross disability, cross discipline, artists, performance artists, crafters and writers to learn about one other’s businesses or business ideas, identify resources, share strategies and schedule speakers for future sessions. For information or to RSVP, email or call Lavaun at 503-703-9983.

Incight’s Live Resume to be held February 13, submit info by January 24

Incight is offering a “Live Resume” event on February 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 am and 20 selected participants will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to 10 to 15 employers. After presentations, there will be 45 minutes for networking. The event is for job-ready individuals who want to meet local businesses, work on their networking skills and practice their interviewing technique.

Participation in Live Resume is a competitive process with a limited number openings for job seekers. Interested individuals with disabilities need to submit their resumes and what type of job they are seeking to Tiana Tozer at no later than January 24, 2014.

The resumes and additional information, if requested, will be reviewed with selected candidates will be asked to attend a pre-interview at the Incight office in downtown Portland. Pre-screening interviews will take place January 27-30 and February 3-4, prior to the event. Candidates, who are selected to participate in the actual event, will be expected to attend a practice session also in downtown Portland on Tuesday, February 11. The candidates will be informed of the event’s location.

Anyone interested in participating must be available for all three steps of the event: pre-screening interview, practice session and actual event. Please contact Tiana Tozer with any questions at, or phone 971-244-0305.

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, the Commission’s Facebook page, commissioner profiles and other information. The site is adding more content now that the Commission has moved to the Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and follow its development. Recently, the PCOD Facebook provided news about a Stanford student speaking out on hidden disabilities, National Public Radio’s prototype device to provide captioned emergency warning alerts, PCOD testimony at City Council and more.

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