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Disability NEWS - June 4, 2015

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June 4, 2015


  • ONI Disability Program posts community assessment survey for PWD
  • June Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • PSU project underway to develop a braille eLearning digital platform
  • Village Building Convergence holding affordable housing session June 6
  • Free session for understanding MS relapses is June 8 in Corvallis
  • OLTC offering June 10 webinar about becoming an ombudsman volunteer
  • PBOT Parking Symposium is open to the public for information and input
  • Get Trained To Help offering info on free mental health first aid training
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for news, event postings

ONI Disability Program posts community assessment survey for PWD

Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is currently working to address the need for more civic involvement by people with disabilities. ONI's Disability Program is seeking increased involvement by Portland's disability community through supporting a restructuring of the Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC).
By partnering with CCC, the goal is develop an organization for people with disabilities that would provide them with the same voice which other Portlanders have through their neighborhood associations. To gather valuable information necessary in proceeding with a strategic planning process, a survey has been prepared for individuals, service professionals and organizations to provide input. Please click the Survey Monkey link to participate in the voluntary survey.
Also, anyone who has requested transportation service through the local taxicab companies, Uber and Lyft, may participate in short survey being conducted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The data gathered will be used by the Private For-Hire Innovation Task Force and PBOT to write rules and regulations ensuring that all private for hire transport is accessible and responsive. The survey is being conducted on Survey Monkey to provide anonymity and is found at the survey website. Anyone who has questions about the for-hire transport survey or needs help filling it out may contact Nickole Cheron, Disability Program Manager, at 503-823-9970.

June Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting (Exec)
Thursday, June 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Public Safety Committee (PSC)
Friday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee (ABE)
Monday, June 8, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, June 12, 10 am – 1:00 p.m.
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500

PCoD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, June 19, 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.
Please contact PCoD staff at  
with any questions or concerns for the Commission.

PSU project underway to develop a braille eLearning digital platform

Portland State University, in collaboration with individuals who are blind, community partners and leaders in the field of visual impairment, propose a five-year project to design and develop an evidence-based Unified English Braille (UEB) eLearning platform. The goal is to serve a population of adult braille users, parents of children who are visually impaired, and professionals (trained and pre-service) who work with individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
One of the initial project objectives is to explore and evaluate the braille learning needs of the community. The UEB-PREP Project is planning to conduct focus group meetings to gain information from its targeted end users: family members of students with visual impairments, consumers who are blind, and professionals. They are currently seeking family members for an upcoming focus group on June 6th to be held at Portland State University.
Focus group meetings will last for two hours. The discussions will be audio taped and questions will focus on braille learning and suggestions for the eLearning platform. Participants will be asked to complete a brief five-minute demographic survey after the focus group. Child care will be offered.
Anyone interested in this project may contact Dr. Holly Lawson, assistant professor, by emailing her at Participants will need to complete an online RSVP form.

Village Building Convergence has affordable housing session June 6

A panel of housing leaders will discuss housing solutions for Portland Metro during a session at Village Building Convergence on Saturday, June 6, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Neighbors may come together at St. David of Whales Community Center, 2800 SE Harrison Street, with the session's panelists to discuss the economic barriers within Portland's housing market.
The public is invited to join Eli Spevak, Jes Larson, Cameron Whitten and Marc Jolin for an engaging discussion on creating Affordable Housing in Portland. There are tickets for attending the Village Building Convergence event. For further information about the event and ticket costs, visit the Village Building Convergence website.

Free session for understanding MS relapses is June 8 in Corvallis

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland is offering a free educational session on Monday, June 8, for adults looking to learn more about multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses. Know Your Options will be held in Corvallis where an MS healthcare professional will provide information to participants. Adults and a guest are invited to attend at Del Alma Restaurant, 136 SW Washington Avenue, with check-in at 5:15 pm.
The two events will address:

  • Common MS relapse symptoms and their potential impact
  • MS and MS relapses—what is necessary to know now for later
  • Understanding treatment options for MS relapses in adults.

Space is limited. Please call 1-877-219-0410 or visit to register. All MS relapse therapy decisions should be made under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

OLTC offering June webinar about becoming an ombudsman volunteer

The Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman office is offering a virtual open house for people to learn more about the Ombudsman program and how to become a volunteer. People may participate in the webinar from their computer or via phone. The webinar is June 10 from 11 am to noon.
This is an opportunity to learn what it is like to be an ombudsman and meet some of the office’s staff and volunteers. There will be plenty of time for questions, too. If anyone cannot participate in the June webinar, they may check back on the website for the next date, always the second Wednesday of the month at 11 am. Register for the webinar at the OLTC’s registration website.
Certified Ombudsman Volunteers are needed to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities by the Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman (OLTC). For people who like to problem solve and work with others, this program may be a great fit for them. It’s a great opportunity for someone who needs an ADA accessible location to volunteer. Training and monthly support group meetings for volunteers provided. See the OLTC website at for more information.

PBOT parking symposium is for the public for information and input

The future of Portland's parking is the focus of a Portland Parking Symposium conducted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) on June 29 from 1 to 6 pm with a drop-in reception and open house from 6 to pm. The symposium is being held in the Portland Building's second floor auditorium at 1120 SW Fifth Avenue.
The public is invited to engage and mingle with others and panelists, learn about businesses and organizations providing Transportation Demand Management tools and resources and get more information from Portland districts working on their parking. There is also the opportunity to engage with the two main projects of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Citywide Parking Strategy: the Central City Parking Policy Update and the Centers and Corridors Parking Study.
There will be a keynote presentation by Jeffrey Tumlin about parking for healthy, vibrant communities, followed by three panel presentations:

  • a developer panel talking about effects of growth and development trends on parking;
  • a community panel talking about certain areas working together to create parking solutions; and
  • an innovation panel talking about new and emerging tools and strategies that can help communities with parking.

Attendees may enjoy food and festivities while sharing with the City of Portland what they think about the future of parking. More information is available on the PBOT website.

Get Trained To Help offering free info on mental health first aid training

Local mental health programs in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties have joined together to create a one-stop gateway where community members can go to learn about and register for free mental health first aid trainings. By combining their resources, the three programs can offer classes across the region, reaching more people desiring to help others in need.
The public is rapidly becoming aware of the need for new attitudes and approaches to mental health in our country. It has been recognized that people with mental health issues have been stigmatized by the general attitude toward mental health. In the past, mental well being has been separated from physical health. By visiting this website today and investing some time in a training, participants are joining the movement to close that gap.
Information about becoming involved is available on Get Trained To Help's website. Classes are currently being held through August in Portland, Lake Oswego and Hillsboro.

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 twice monthly by the City of Portland’s Disability Program in the 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.
Please note: This information may also be provided in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats. Please use the contact information above to make your request for an alternative format.