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Disability NEWS - March 20, 2014

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March 20, 2014

  • DRO urging people with disabilities to register and get out to vote in May

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) meetings schedule

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

  • 9th Annual “All Born In” Conference will be April 5 in Portland

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

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

  • Incight presents its Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 10 at Convention Center

  • FACT’s “Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box” workshop is April 17 in NE Portland

  • Connecting Communities extends an invitation to “Pitch a Project”

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

Disability Rights Oregon urges registration and to vote in May

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is urging people with disabilities to remember and register to vote by April 29th to vote in the May 20th election. In May, Portland residents will be voting on Commissioners, Auditor, Sheriff, Metro officials, a new utility district, and more. Besides urging Portlanders to vote, DRO will have its Easy Voters Guide available in May for reference.

Registration is necessary for voting if a person has never registered in Oregon, has moved or wants to change political parties. The State of Oregon provides accommodations to register and vote. An Oregon ID or SSN may be used to register online at or people may register in person at state offices where they receive services, at Elections offices, or by mail. Voter registration cards may be available in the local library to send in.

The Easy Votes Guide is a nonpartisan, accessible guide, produced by the League of Women Voters and DRO and will be available in May. Contact Esther Harlow at DRO, or 503-243-2081 for more information or if there are questions about voting rights.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

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

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, April 4, 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Second Friday (February, April, June, August, October, December)
Friday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Steele/Bridge Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, April 14, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A
PLEASE NOTE: All Portland Commission on Disability
meetings and events are open to the public.
For the most current meeting information, please see the PCOD calendar webpage.

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.

The 9th Annual “All Born In” Conference will be April 5 in Portland

The All Born In (ABI) Conference for parents, caregivers and professionals is being held April 5 from 8:30 am to 5 pm with the goal to address segregation of children with disabilities in neighborhood schools and the community. Conference participants will celebrate and learn how to use universal design and best practices to reach and teach every child. The conference is at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion, 909 N Hayden Island Drive in Portland.

It promises to be an exciting day for participants to share, learn and make connections so that they can help the larger community see the fact that their children are all born “in.” ABI is a movement in pursuit of an inclusive society. Keynote speakers during the conference will be Sharon Lewis, Michael Callahan and Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite. More ABI information, including registration for the conference, is available on the event website.

Multnomah County Commission Candidates Forums are 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.

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.ncight presents 7th Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 10th

The 2013 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on April 10 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services are hosting the seventh Tapping Fresh Talent event to link employers with the skills and talents of Oregonians with disabilities and to grow inclusion with businesses needing those talents.

The career inclusion expo is the place for businesses to expand their diversity, interact with the fastest growing minority, improve their retention, recruit job seekers with disabilities, find interns and more. Workshops are scheduled for job seekers in self empowerment, networking and resume review. More information for business and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent website.

“Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box workshop” is April 17 in NE Portland

Parents of children with disabilities will learn how to be their child’s #1 fan and advocate at the Advocacy – A Parent’s Tool Box workshop on Thursday, April 17 from 6:30 to 8 pm. The workshop will be conducted by FACT (Family and Community Together) at the Rockwood Multiservice Center, 124 NE Couch in Portland.

There will be discussion on the importance of having a vision for the future, sharing a child’s strengths through a one-page profile, and tips and tools for advocating within all the different systems and supports for children who are experiencing disability. Further details are available at the workshop’s website. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance with the registration may email or call 1-888-988-3228.

Connecting Communities extends an invitation to “Pitch a Project”

The Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC) is inviting individuals and advocates to “Pitch a Project” for its seven-member steering committee to assist with support and guidance. Pitch A Project is an opportunity to have support from a highly-skilled leadership team that has experience empowering and supporting persons with disabilities.

These seven heavy-hitters will share their passion and commitment to persons in the disability community through this innovative “Pitch a Project.” Applicants will tell them about their project and convince them of its value and potential to bring about change. If the project is selected, the winner will be part of a winning team and learn key tips in project development and completion.

The project winner will receive a $100 gift certificate, a full media campaign by the PHC Northwest public relations department, a page on the CCC website - dedicated exclusively to the project, project support and guidance, and project recognition at the CCC Annual Event on Oct. 14, 2014. More details may be found at the Pitch a Project website and application forms are available here.

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 Office of Equity and Human Right’s website:

The Commission also has developed 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 on the Boys in the Bunkhouse report by the New Times, changing federal law to raise people with disabilities’ earning power, a new hotel that features accessibility plus hiring people with disabilities, five influential person of the disability rights movement, and more.

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