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Disability NEWS - June 9, 2014

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June 10, 2014

  • Intersection of Disability & Race to be focus of panel discussion at PCOD meeting

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) meetings schedule

  • June 30th is the application deadline for CCC’s nine-week 2014 Leadership Academy

  • Incight’s Live Resume to be held June 26 for jobseekers with disabilities

  • OSHU offers webinar to support Oregonians with disabilities to be tobacco-free

  • Incight conducting “Meet Business” about natural resource careers

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

Intersection of Disability & Race is topic of discussion at PCOD meeting

A panel discussion on DISABILITY, RACE AND INTERSECTIONALITY will be held at the end of the Portland Commission on Disability’s (PCOD) regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, June 13th, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. This is an educational opportunity on the equity relationship between race and disability for PCOD members, City employees and the public. This event will be in the Office of Equity and Human Rights on the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, in downtown Portland. ASL interpretation will be provided.

This will be an introduction to the concepts of intersectionality, systemic racism and systemic ablism. A panel of diverse individuals will share their experience of living with a disability/being disabled in the community where often people do not hear from disability advocacy communities. Diversity will include age, type of disability and various ethnicities.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, June 13, 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 Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Tuesday, June 17, 3 to 5 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Livability & Wellness Subcommittee
Thursday, June 26, Noon to 1:30 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.
For the most current meeting information, please see the PCOD calendar webpage.

June 30th is application deadline for CCC’s Leadership Academy course

Following the first Connecting Communities Coalition Leadership Academy last year, the 2014 Leadership is offering another dynamic nine-week leadership development course. The course will be from 6 to 8:30 pm every Tuesday, beginning August 5 through September 30 in the Business Alliance Building, 200 Market Street.

Applications for enrollment are currently open and will be accepted through June 30. Academy enrollment is limited to 20 students.

The Leadership Academy's goal is to provide persons with disabilities, through an interactive learning experience, the tools needed to participate as leaders in their local communities. By learning the skills necessary to be informed, involved, and pro-active leaders, students will be better equipped to serve as disability advocates in their local communities and state government. 

A team of professional leaders representing local government, business, and educational institutions will present on community involvement, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, goal setting, problem solving, project planning and project completion.

The Leadership Academy is under the direction of Lynda VanDoran, Diversity & Inclusion Manager of Eid Passport Inc., and Polly Livingston, Educational Consultant.

Applications for the Leadership Academy and updated information about the academy are on the CCC Leadership Academy website.

Incight’s Live Resume to be held June 26 for jobseekers with disabilities

Incight is offering a “Live Resume” event on June 26 from 10:00 am to noon, and 20 selected participants will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to recruiters and hiring managers. 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 Kali Giaritta at

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

Webinar supports Oregonians with disabilities to be tobacco-free

The Tobacco Education Project for People with Disabilities aims to reduce tobacco use among both Oregonians with disabilities and their service providers. The webinar, Supporting Oregonians with Disabilities to be Tobacco Free, provides an opportunity for disability service provider organizations and all other interested agencies to engage with the project. Through Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the Oregon Health Authority, the webinar, Supporting Oregonian with Disabilities to be Tobacco-Free, is being offered on July 16 from 10 to 11 am.

Webinar participants will learn about: 1) tobacco related data for Oregonians with and without disabilities; 2) establishing or enhancing a tobacco free worksite/campus policy; 3) promoting insurance-based self-management benefits to staff and clients; 4) becoming a referral organization to the Oregon Quit Line, Living Well with Chronic Conditions and other self-management programs; and 5) promoting cessation messages throughout their organization.

Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar. For more information, contact or

Incight conducting “Meet Business” about natural resource careers

The June 24th Meet Business event will be an informational and networking event to introduce job seekers, job developers and job coaches to natural resource career opportunities within Federal Agencies. Meet Business is being hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation from 1 to 4 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 319 SW Pine Street in Portland.

Participants may learn more about the variety of jobs in the Natural Resources industry which include forest technicians, dispatch operators, administrative positions, and much, much more. Register at and attend on June 24. Anyone with questions or need further information make contact Tiana Tozer at or 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 (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 PCOD testimony during the City Council session on next fiscal year’s budget, Vermont becoming the first state to offer 9-1-1 texting to call centers, Disability Art and Culture Project’s recent digital storytelling workshops, and more.

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The Disability NEWS is created and distributed by the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and its Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program.