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Disability NEWS - April 3, 2015

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April 3, 2015

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks new members for advisory group
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • Oregon Relay hosts Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair at ILR April 17th
  • TriMet proposing Honored Citizen Fare increase, wants public input
  • OHSU Cochlear Implant Research Study needs volunteers to participate
  • Free housing design and construction training is April 21, offered by FIRST and HUD
  • Disability Rights Oregon is hiring a full-time Advocate, application deadline April 20th
  • Incight presents Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 23 at Convention Center
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

 PBOT seeks new members for Transportation System Plan advisory body

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is accepting applications through April 10, 2015, for additional community members to serve on the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Expert Group. This advisory group is convened jointly by the Transportation Bureau and Planning and Sustainability Bureau as a component of the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update.

PBOT is looking to add six members that represent one of each of the following areas: Persons with Disabilities, Equity Interests, Youth, Public Health (community member or agency representative), Transit Advocacy, and Small Business Owner.

To apply to be a member of the TSP Expert Group, please fill out the application by April 10, 2015, and send to: Courtney Duke, PBOT, 1120 SW 4th Avenue, Room 800, Portland, Oregon 97204. Applications may also be emailed to Further information on the TSP Expert Group is available on the PBOT website.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, April 10, 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 13, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Promoting Awareness and Livability (PAL) Subcommittee Meeting
Friday, April 17, 3 to 5 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.
More information about PCoD is available
at the
Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

Oregon Relay hosts Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair at ILR

A free conference will showcase the latest advancements in assistive technology and services for people with disabilities on April 17 from 11 am to 2 pm at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch Street in Portland

The Mini Taste of Technology and Resource Fair is hosted by Oregon Relay and offers a great opportunity for professionals and agencies working with clients who have various types of special needs for daily living. Target audiences are people with disabilities and their caregivers, service providers, government agencies and technology companies. Professionals and users alike may network and share their experiences in using current and new technology available at this conference.

Anyone needing accommodation, such as a tactile interpreter or wheelchair accessibility, may contact Cindy Campbell at

TriMet proposing Honored Citizen Fare increase, wants public input

Honored Citizen tickets and monthly passes will be increased by TriMet in a proposal to be effective September 1, 2015. The agency is looking to increase the cost of Honored Citizen tickets from $1 to $1.25 and monthly passes from $26 to $28.

TriMet is conducting Listening Sessions on April 6 from 3 to 4 pm at the Pioneer Center in Oregon City, 615 5th Street, and on April 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Urban League of Portland’s Multicultural Senior Center, 5325 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Bouelvard. Public comments may be offered at the April 22 and May 27 TriMet Board of Directors meetings in the Portland Building Auditorium, 1150 SW 5th Avenue at 9 am. For further information, visit the TriMet webpage on the proposed fare increase.

OHSU Cochlear Implant Research Study needs volunteers for study

People are invited to participate in a research study at the Lina Reiss’s Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Laboratory in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

This National Institutes of Health-funded research project is aimed to increase the knowledge for how to improve listening with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Participants must meet the subject criteria of:

  • Adults (>17 years old)
  • Have bilateral cochlear implants from (Cochlear or MED-EL)

In this particular study, the center is studying how sounds are combined from two cochlear implant, and how this might explain some of the variability observed in bilateral cochlear implant users. Participants will be asked to listen to sounds and words, responding by pressing the appropriate button on a computer touch screen. The time needed to complete the study is a total of eight to 12 hours, divided into two to four sessions (2 to 4 hours/session). In addition, participants will receive $25 per hour for their time and compensation for travel mileage and parking.

To participate in this study or receive more information, please contact Lina A.J. Reiss PhD at 503-484-2917 or email at More information about OHSU's Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Research Lab is available on its website.

Free housing design and construction training is April 21st

Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Portland FHEO Field Office will present a free Design & Construction training on April 21, 2015, at the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Conference Room 1A/B, .1220 SW Third Avenue, Portland.

The training will be held from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm and includes the following training modules:

  • Design & Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, Technical Overview - Module 10
  • Accessible Routes - Module 7
  • Accessible Public & Common-Use Space - Module 8

More information on each of these modules can be found on the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST website. Participants must register at this website at no cost.

DRO hiring a full-time Advocate, application deadline is April 20th

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is currently looking to hire a full-time Advocate position. This position focuses on clients served through DRO’s Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs, and may also include clients in other DRO programs.

The successful candidate will provide direct advocacy for individuals with legal issues related to their disability, with a focus on individuals with mental illness and traumatic brain injury. .  The full position announcement may be found at:

Review of applications will begin on Monday April 6, 2015, and the position may be filled at any time. For priority consideration, please apply by then. Applications must be received by email no later than 5 pm on Monday April 20, 2015.

Incight presents its 8th Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo on April 23rd

The 2015 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. Incight, the U.S. Forest Service and EID Passport are hosting the eighth 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 businesses and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent website.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) 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.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed by the City of Portland’s Disability Program at the Office of Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The Portland Commission on Disability also collaborates and supports its publication.

To update your contact information, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter or if you wish to submit information for the newsletter, please email Events submitted will also be noted on the Disability Program Facebook page and featured on ONI Events calendar's list of Disability Events.

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