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Disability NEWS - March 7, 2014

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March 7, 2014

  • Pacific NW Regional Brain Injury Conference is in Portland on March 13-15

  • March 2014 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • FACT’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten is March 17

  • Empowerment Conference is March 27th to help job seekers with disabilities

  • Multnomah County Commission Candidates Forums dates are April 1 and 14

  • HUD announces $120 million in rental assistance to help people with disabilities

  • PHAME’s first-ever ART SHOW is April 8-12 at Place Gallery in Pioneer Place Mall

  • FHCO offers free help about housing discrimination and denials

  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Pacific NW Regional Brain Injury Conference is March 13 through 15

“Living with Brain Injury-Creating Partnerships” is the theme of the 12th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2014 being held March 13-15 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. This conference is sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and the Brain Injury Association of Washington.

A special event will be the 31th Annual BIAOR Conference celebration at a dinner Friday, March 14, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. Friday evening will feature a reception from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Dinner begins at 6:45 pm, followed by an evening opening of music with highlights by individuals from Highland Heights, Shaun’s Place and Homeward Bound singing for attendees.

The conference will feature presentations on: Legal Issues, Medical Issues including treatments and strategies for brain issues; Medical Highlights: Post Traumatic Headaches, Brain Injury and Mental Illness, Understanding and Working with Behavior Issues; Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Associated With Sports and Other Traumatic Injuries; Cognitive rehabilitation: Using research evidence and careful documentation to strengthen the case for insurance funding; Medical Issues Facing Brain Injury Survivors; Successful Return to Work After a Brain Injury; Co-Occurring Disorders: Art and Physical Therapy and Brain Injury; and Improving school services for students with TBI. More information and how to register is available at the BIAOR website.

March 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, March 7, 1 to 3 p.m.
Bridge Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, March 10, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Tuesday, March 18, 3 to 5 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, March 28, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Livability & Wellness Subcommittee
Friday, March 28, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Bridge 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.

FACT’s Early Childhood Special Ed to Kindergarten workshop is March 17

FACT is conducting a Transitioning from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten workshop on Monday, March 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Providence Cancer Center Amphitheater. The location is at 4805 NE Glisan in Portland. Parents may learn what the transition process is like, what an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is and how it differs from the child’s Individual Family Service Plan.

The training will examine the differences between an IFSP and IEP, explain the transition process, provide a comprehensive discussion about a parent’s critical role in your child’s IEP team, and conclude with a step-by-step look at the development of an IEP. To register, please click this link to the FACT website.

March 27 Empowerment Conference to help job seekers with disabilities

Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services is presenting the Empowerment Conference on Thursday, March 27, to help job seekers, veterans and students with disabilities learn the soft skills of a job search. The one-day conference with six workshops is from 9 am to 5 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland at 1000 NE Multnomah Street.

The conference is perfect for those who have been struggling with self-esteem issues, need to spend some time on the basics, are just getting back out there or just need a little extra support. During the all-day conference, participants will attend two empowerment workshops, have the opportunity to interact with HR professionals on the HR panel and choose between six different workshops depending on their needs and where they are in their job search.

Visit the Empowerment Conference website to meet the presenters, preview sessions, to register and more. Please note that there are only 150 spots available.

Multnomah County Commission Candidates Forums to be April 1 and 14

March 1st and 14th are the dates for two upcoming forums to hear from the candidates for Multnomah County Chair and Commissioners for Districts 1 and 2. These are important opportunities for the public to learn where candidates stand on housing and homeless issues and the County's role in addressing the housing needs in our community.

Here are the details for the dates, locations and times regarding the two candidate forums:

  • April 1, 2014 - County Chair candidates forum: Noon-1:30pm at the Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland.
  • April 16, 2014 - Districts 1 and 2 candidates forum: 6:30-8:30 pm at Kaiser Permanente's Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR  97227

As always, these informative events are free and open to the public. These forums are co-sponsored by Oregon ON, JOIN, Street Roots, and the Community Alliance of Tenants. More info about the May 20, 2014 election and candidates can be found at the Multnomah County elections website.

HUD announces $120 million in funding to help people with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $120 million in rental assistance to prevent thousands of people with disabilities from becoming homeless or having to live in institutions instead of integrated settings in their own communities. The funding will go to state housing agencies to develop long-term rental assistance programs for extremely low-income people with disabilities. The deadline for housing agencies to apply for this funding is May 5, 2014. Learn more about HUD’s rental assistance programs and find housing help in your state.

In the last round of funding, 13 states were awarded funds to create approximately 3500 housing units for this vulnerable population.

This announcement reinforces the guiding principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act  and the landmark 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., which require state and local governments to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

PHAME holds its first-ever ART SHOW at Place Gallery on April 8-12

PHAME’s next show of its PHAME@30 shows this year is a first-ever Art Show that opens Tuesday, April 8, and continues through Saturday, April 12. The show will be in the Place Gallery at Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. The gallery is open from noon to 6 pm daily and the show is free. Featuring paintings, drawings and 3D work by over two dozen PHAME artists, this ART SHOW will explode with color and possibility.

The Art Show follows the February 1 kickoff of PHAME’s 30th Anniversary Season of an afternoon of new play readings by local professional actors in the Atrium of the Portland Center Stage Armory. The wonderful afternoon showcased the talent and heart of PHAME’s student playwrights and was a total hit.

FHCO offers free help about housing discrimination and denials

Housing discrimination happens every day and much of it is never reported. To stand up for people's rights when they feel they were denied fair housing, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to ensuring everyone's right to live free from housing discrimination. FHCO's services are free and confidential for people who have questions or need assistance.

The organization wants the public to know that the Fair Housing Act gives people the legal right to file a complaint and that it is illegal to be threatened with eviction or to be harassed for filing a fair housing complaint. Anyone who is not sure if they have been discriminated against, but think something is wrong, may give the FHCO HOTLINE a call at 800-424-3247, extension 2.  FHCO's services may also be accessed online at If the problem is not illegal housing discrimination, but something different, referrals may be provided to other resources.

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 (PCOD) at the program’s website:

The Commission has its own website, which is found at There are links for meeting calendars, the Commission’s Facebook page, commissioner profiles and other information. Please visit and follow the Commission’s development. PCOD’s Facebook page recently provided news about accessibility being sound business sense, RJ Mitte (Flynn from Breaking Bad) lecturing on overcoming adversity, study that soccer players experience traumatic brain injury when heading a ball, poor and inconsistent television captions, a photo of the Portland Commission on Disability members, and more.

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