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Disability NEWS - April 23, 2014

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April 23, 2014

  • PCOD works with advocate to provide safe access to transport vans

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) meetings schedule

  • Connecting Communities announces theme and date for annual CCC October event

  • Harper’s Playground presents “The Art of Play” fundraiser on April 24th

  • 6th annual “We Can Do Better” conference is April 24 in northeast Portland

  • PHAME Academy presents BIG SOUNDS on April 26 with Laura Gibson

  • April 28th is deadline to give input for Closed Captioning Rulemaking to FCC

  • Public Hearing for annual Housing Action Plan will be May 6th

  • IDNO sets May 15th for Beyond the Ramp 2014 Interfaith Conference

  • Jewish Family & Child Service celebrates “Our Caring Community”

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

PCOD works with advocate to provide safe access to transport vans

The Portland Commission on Disability was recently noted in The Oregonian for its assistance to provide a disability parking space for rear-loading accessible vans at New Columbia's Trenton Terrace complex. Nancy Romero, a resident who uses a motorized scooter for accessibility, recognized safety issues for residents who used the vans and having to go into the street to be picked up. She brought her concern to the Commission's executive committee, who directed her to its Accessibility in the Environment Subcommittee that addresses transportation issues. Working together with the Commission, Nancy has happily reported a new parking space is now designated right next to the residence that is available only to wheelchair-users. The entire story is available on the newspaper’s website at OregonLive

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Livability & Wellness Subcommittee
Thursday, April 24, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, May 2, 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, May 12, 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.

CCC announces the theme and date for its annual October event

Connecting Communities Coalition’s (CCC) annual fall event is scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 14, with a theme of celebrating the sporting achievements of athletes with disabilities, recreational organizations and all who support a healthy, active lifestyle. The location will be at the DoubleTree Hilton Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, in Portland.

People with disabilities, whether as individuals or members of a team, have become noted for being outstanding sport men and women. Many of CCC’s member organizations support a broad spectrum of activities and know firsthand the challenges athletes with disabilities face when engaging in sports.

CCC wants to “champion” the individual athletes of all ages and abilities by inviting them to come forward with photos to display in the event’s gallery. Also, CCC wants to know what everyone’s favorite sport is and to celebrate all of the community. People may share those photos by email by sending them to Further information is also available by calling 504-261-1266, extension 187.

Harper’s Playground presents “The Art of Play” fundraiser on April 24th

The community is invited to “The Art of Play,” an evening of playful art, music, fine food and drink, fun conversation and good company at Refuge PDX, 116 SE Yamhill Street. The event is from 6 to 10 pm and a benefit for the future of Harper’s Playground and the community. Proceeds go directly to the mission of bringing four more accessible Harper’s Playgrounds to Portland.

There is an art auction, live entertainment by DJ Anna Langley and a surprise live band, culinary treats, libations, a silent auction and a live auction. More information, including how to order tickets, is available on the event website.

6th annual “We Can Do Better” conference is April 24 in NE Portland

We Can Do Better’s sixth annual conference is entitled “Beyond Health Care: Community, Action, Health and Equity” and is April 24. The organization is looking to bring 500 Oregonians to the conference being held in the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, in northeast Portland.

Keynote speakers are U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and John Santa, MD, MPH, director of the Health Ratings Center at Consumer Reports. Conference tracks will include: Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) Universal Healthcare-Access and Barriers, Food Matters, Healthy Communities, Patient Engagement, and Price Transparency and Quality.

Interested attendees may find more event information, including registration, at the event website.

PHAME Academy presents “BIG SOUNDS” on April 26 with Laura Gibson

April 26th marks the date for PHAME’s BIG SOUND, a collaborative concert with the PHAME Choir, Chamber Ensemble and the incredible Laura Gibson. The event starts at 7 pm at the Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan Street, with tickets available at this online link.

This multi-media concert at the historic Mission Theatre will showcase dozens of PHAME student musicians from the PHAME Choir, Chamber Ensemble and more, in collaboration with beloved Portland singer-songwriter (and PHAME Artistic Advisory Council member) Laura Gibson. Directed by PHAME Music Director Matthew Gailey, this show promises to inspire and delight with music both familiar and new.

PHAME creates opportunities for adults with disabilities to experience the joy of artistic expression through lifelong arts education and performance, offering a safe environment to inspire new connections with students, teachers, and the arts community at large.

April 28th is deadline to give Closed Captioning Rulemaking input to FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acted in February to approve new, more comprehensive rules to address the quality of closed captioning for television programming and ensure that it is fully accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The next step is rulemaking which will clarify exactly what the quality standards are and how/when they will be implemented.

Now is the opportunity for the public to provide input on the rules with two sets of deadlines. Comments on the section on responsibilities for meeting the closed captioning requirements are due by April 28, 2014 and comments for the remaining sections such as minimum captioning quality standards and compliance are June 25, 2014. Information about making comments is available by contacting Eliot Greenwald, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, 202-418-2235 or email:

Public Hearing for annual Housing Action Plan will be May 6th

The City of Portland, the City of Gresham and Multnomah County are finalizing their annual plans to spend federal housing and community economic development money to help low income households to access quality housing and to revitalize communities. The public is invited to participate in its annual Housing Action Plan on Tuesday, May 6, at the Portland Housing Bureau. 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, in downtown Portland.

The public hearing will offer participants the opportunity to:

  • ·        Learn about existing needs, opportunities and constraints.
  • ·        Review plans, budgets and projects designed to bring long-term affordable housing and community economic development to the neighborhoods.
  • ·        Tell whether these plans and projects meeting the community-identified needs.

More information about the Annual Action Plan is available on the Portland Housing Bureau website.

IDNO sets May 15th for “Beyond the Ramp 2014” Interfaith Conference

The Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon is pleased to announce its next major conference, “Beyond the Ramp 2014: Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission,” to be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street. This will be the second Interfaith Conference for Clergy, People with Disabilities, Educators, Families of People with Disabilities, Lay Leaders, Professional Service Providers, and others interested in providing a welcoming and fully inclusive religious environment for people with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is William Gaventa, MDiv., and is speaking on "From Mission to Member to Mission: Everyone’s Got a Call." There will also be eight workshops throughout the day, including, among others:

·        Dorothy Coughlin, Archdiocese of Portland: A Toolkit for Religious Educational Inclusion, and Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope for People with Mental Illness and Their Families

·        Emerging Leaders Northwest, Panel Discussion: Developing Independence, Self-determination and Spirituality during Adolescent Transition

·        Sang Lee, MDiv, Well Able: Least Restrictive (Spiritual) Environment

·        Mona Fuerstenau, Bethesda Lutheran Communities: Transition to Living Outside the Family Home

·        Angela Weaver: Self-discovery and Connecting to Spirit

·        Roberta Dunn and Noelle Sisk, FACT Oregon: Successful Participation in Your Faith Community

In addition, local agencies and organizations will be on hand to provide information and resources to the community. Further information, including registration, is on the event website.

Jewish Family & Child Service celebrates “Our Caring Community”

The “Celebrating Our Caring Community” luncheon is the Jewish Family and Child Service (JFCS) major annual fundraiser to benefit clients of JFCS. The luncheon is Thursday, May 15, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. at the Oregon Convention Center.

The keynote speaker Howard "H" White, Vice President of the Jordan Brand at Nike. The luncheon's website offers further information about the event and how to register.

Founded in 1947, JFCS delivers essential human services to alleviate suffering, sustain healthy relationships and support people in times of need. All proceeds from this event will directly support JFCS, its programs and clients.

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. PCOD’s Facebook page recently provided news about the 8-Hour Disability Film Challenge, the DOJ imposing stiffer ADA penalities, Connecticut police receiving training to successfully address mental health events, meetings, events, and more.

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