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Disability NEWS - July 1, 2015

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July 1, 2015

  • City Council to consider Turn on the Captioning ordinance June 2

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings/Events

  • City Hall exhibit opens celebrations for ADA 25th anniversary

  • Disability Rights Oregon to hire two staff and fill openings

  • ONI Disability Program needs input on community assessment survey

  • Parks and Recreation conducting ADA Transition Plan Forums in July

  • Save October 28th as the date for OHSU’s Night for Networking

  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

City Council to consider Turn on the Captioning ordinance July 2

The Portland City Council will hear the first reading for an ordinance to require activation of closed captioning on televisions in public areas at 2 pm Thursday, July 2, in Council Chambers of City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. This proposed ordinance, when passed, will require all businesses within the Portland City limits that have television sets viewable by its customers and the public to display the closed captioning 24 hours, seven days a week.

An advocacy campaign called “Portland: Turn on the Captions” has worked to bring the issue before council and the ordinance is the result of its actions. The project was founded by David Viers, Jim House, Steven Brown (Portland Commission on Disability member) and Carol Studenmund, professional captioner to provide access to information which is a basic civil right. There also is a petition available online to help support its work with more information on the campaign’s Facebook page.

The goal of the project is to work on passing the ordinance requiring all televisions in public places to have captioning turned on all the time. This will benefit:

  • people who are unable to hear understand important information in noisy areas
  • people to enjoy the television even if sound is muted
  • provide comprehension for people who use English as a second language
  • and boost children’s reading skills while watching television shows.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings/Events

PCOD Executive Board Meeting (Exec)
Thursday, July 2, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Public Safety Subcommittee (PSS)
Friday, July 10, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCOD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, July 17, 3 to 5 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland State University
ADA Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, July 21, 10 am to 2 pm
PSU South Park Blocks, Downtown Portland

PCOD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, July 24, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

 “Sharing Our Histories, Dreaming Our Future”
PCOD’s ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, July 26, 1 to 5 pm
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan Street

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.

Advocating Change Together opens and begins ADA celebrations

The “Advocating Change Together” exhibit opened in City Hall to a large crowd of attendees on June 29 to kick off the 25th anniversary for the signing of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The afternoon event featured Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish, PCOD Chair Lavaun Heaster, Office of Equity and Human Rights Director Dante James and City of Portland Disability Program Coordinator Nickole Cheron speaking on various disability topics.

Over 70 persons attended in the City Hall Atrium and also viewed an exhibit that displays the disability rights movement’s development and growth that resulted in the landmark civil rights legislation known as the ADA. The exhibit was created by Advocating Change Together (ACT), a disability advocacy organization. The free exhibit is open to the public through July 8 in City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. Event photos are available on flickr.

This was the first event in Portland to honor the passage of the ADA. Two other events will be held this month with the first on Tuesday, July 21, at Portland State University from 10 am to 2 pm in the southwest Park Blocks. The main event, is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, from 1 to 5 pm at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan Street. It will chronicle the journey to create and enact the ADA, with community members invited to tell their stories of making change. This will be a universally accessible event. ASL Interpretation, closed captioning and audio descriptions will be provided. July 26th marks the signing of the ADA into law

Disability Rights Oregon to hire two staff members

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is currently looking to fill two openings for an information and referral assistant as well as an entry-level attorney. The new hires will join a fantastic team of people who work for the legal rights of people with disabilities.

DRO seeks an information and referral assistant who is passionate about civil rights, enjoys working with many different people in a dynamic environment, and is proficient in both Spanish and English. The organization also has an opening for an entry-level attorney. This is an important opportunity to help promote and defend the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. More information about the openings is available on DRO’s website.

The organization has also applied for a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to continue its 15 years of providing direct service to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI seeking to increase their financial independence and stability through employment.  The agreement will be awarded no later than August 1, 2015.  When awarded, DRO plans to hire an additional Community Work Incentives Coordinator position (CWIC) to be part of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project team.

DRO is Oregon’s designated Protection & Advocacy (P&A) System, working to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities. DRO promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities and assists with legal problems directly related to disabilities.  You can contact DRO at 503-243-2081 or 1-800-452-1694.

ONI Disability Program needs input on community assessment survey

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.

Parks and Recreation conducting ADA Transition Plan Forums in July

The City’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation is holding three public forums in July to present its ADA Transition Plan and hear public feedback. The plan is to increase accessibility at all public facilities that Parks and Recreation manages.

The events will be an open house format with large posters to view and a short digital presentation. ASL interpreters will be available. It is not necessary to RSVP or sign-up to ask questions or make statements. To make a specific accommodation request, please contact Carla Waring at 503-823-2568 or by email at

The three events will be:

  • Saturday, July 18, from 10 am to noon at the Charles Jordan Community Center Small Gym, 9009 N Foss Avenue

  • Tuesday, July 21, from 6 to 8 pm at the Multnomah Arts Center Dance Studio, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

  • Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 8 pm in the East Portland Community Center Multipurpose Room 3, 740 SE 106th Avenue

PP&R is taking a step forward towards making the parks more accessible. In 2013, the City of Portland embarked on a comprehensive ADA Transition Plan process. The ADA requires that cities have a plan in place that identifies barriers which impede access to City facilities that are open to the public, and targets an approach and schedule to address the barriers identified over a 20 year period. As part of this effort, the city hired an ADA consultant to evaluate all city facilities including PP&R sites. More information is on P&R’s website.

Save October 28th as the date for OHSU’s Night for Networking

The 6th annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) is scheduled for October 28 from 6 to 9 pm in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Avenue in the South Waterfront. This successful networking event provides a forum for talented job-seekers with disabilities to meet and network with employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity. The event includes discussions and presentations, music, light refreshments, a raffle, sponsor gift bags and, of course, mingling and networking.

N4N brings together job-seekers with disabilities, local business owners and recruiters, event sponsors, volunteers, friends and supporters to highlight individuals with disabilities as talented and skilled professionals, customers and entrepreneurs, helping to build business connections with a diverse community.

Additional Night for Networking information, including registration, is available at the event’s website. An event and sponsorship flyer is also available for downloading there, as well as sponsorship information.

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 the NEWS.

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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