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Disability NEWS - July 15, 2015

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July 1, 2015

  • PCOD celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA at two July events
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings/Events
  • Disability Rights Oregon seeking feedback on PPB training
  • Volunteers needed for July 26th ADA anniversary celebration
  • Parks and Recreation conducting ADA Transition Plan Forums in July
  • PDX Summer Handcycling Series at PIR July 14th, 21st and 28th
  • Incight hosting How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs on August 18
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

PCOD celebrating the 25th ADA Anniversary at two July events

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) is participating in two 2015 celebrations in observance of the 25th Anniversary for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The Commission and the City’s Disability Program will be at “Sharing our Histories, Dreaming our Future,” on Sunday, July 26, from 1 to 5 pm at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan Street.

An open invite is extended for all Portlanders to look back to the beginning of the Disability Rights movement, celebrate its successes and reflect on the road ahead. This event 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. Shuttle services will be available from noon to 6:30 pm at the TriMet Gateway Center, 1321 NE 99th Avenue. Boxed lunches and a beverage will also be available for attendees.

PCOD is also participating at a second event on Tuesday, July 21, from 10 am to 2 pm, at Portland State University’s ADA celebration, being held in the park blocks by PSU. The Commission will be conducting an information table, providing informational materials and having ASL interpretation provided.

At these events, the City's Disability Program is providing reusable bags filled with information about the Emergency Preparedness videos for people with disabilities, Disability NEWS copies, an emergency whistle and an aluminium water bottle. The program is offering these bags and their contents for people or organizations to distribute to friends, family, members of their group, etc. Please contact Nickole Cheron, Disability Program Manager, at 503-823-9970 or email if interested in distributing these to your network. 

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings/Events

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. 

Disability Rights Oregon seeking feedback on PPB training

Disability Rights Oregon is seeking input from the community for what Portland Police should be trained on when responding to mental health crisis calls. The information gathered relates to the mission of the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) of the Portland Police in coordinating the response of Law Enforcement and the Behavioral Health System to aid people in behavioral crisis.

The Advisory Committee for the BHU is creating a list of training topics. DRO Attorney Jan Friedman serves on the Advisory Committee and would like input on possible training topics from individuals who have a disability or people who are close to individuals who have a disability.

For reference, the BHU has drafted a list of training topics that is available at BHUAC In-service Training Ideas. To provide feedback on training that the Portland Police should provide, a response form is available on the DRO website.

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. 

Volunteers needed for July 26th ADA anniversary celebration at IRCO

Please join the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Portland Commission on Disability, and their community partners in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event is scheduled to be Sunday, July 26, from 1 to 5 pm at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan Street.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, may fill out the volunteer form on the web. The form includes information on the various volunteer duties available and scheduled arrival times. Additional questions regarding volunteering may be emailed to the volunteer coordinator, Andrea Olson, at:

All volunteers will need to attend a site visit on July 23rd at 6:00 pm, three days prior to the event, to become familiar with event location, event set-up, and receive an explanation of duties. Anyone unable to make this visit on this date should coordinate with volunteer coordinator. All volunteers will be contacted by email when the volunteer schedule is set. 

Parks and Recreation conducting three ADA Transition Plan Forums in July

The City’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation (PP&R) 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.

Of the 25,000 barriers identified citywide in publicly-accessible facilities, the majority (just over 20,000) are at PP&R facilities. On November 6, 2014, City Council accepted the citywide ADA Transition Plan which included all Bureaus except PP&R. Due to the large number of facilities PP&R had a modified schedule for developing its PP&R Transition Plan. 

PDX Summer Handcycling Series at PIR July 14th, 21st and 28th

Incight and Oregon Disability Sports have teamed up to host the second annual Summer Handcycling Series. This year’s events kicked off at 4 pm, July 9th, at the Portland International Raceway (PIR). Three other sessions will be July 14, 21 and 28 from 4 to 6 pm at PIR.

Handcycling, a bicycle-like vehicle powered by the arms instead of the legs, is an activity that has grown in popularity in recent years. Whether you are a first-time handcycler or a seasoned pro, the Summer Series event provides a great opportunity to experience the fun first hand.

Participants are welcome to bring their own handcycle or use one of Oregon Disability Service’s fleet, which includes four brand new handcycles. The ride sessions will run each Tuesday through September 24. Sessions will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm in July and in August with time changing to 5 pm to 7 pm in September.

Both Incight and Oregon Disability Sports are excited to introduce Handcycling to the Portland area. Anyone interested in joining in on the fun, should bring their helmet and come down to the Portland International Raceway. More information can be found at as well as  

Incight hosting How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs on August 18

The City of Portland is conducting a workshop on how to apply for city government employment on August 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm at Incight, 310 SW 4th Avenue in the organization’s fourth floor conference room. This training lines up just before the annual Meet Business event (October 1) so that eager candidates can get their applications in before networking with each of the city's bureaus.

The workshop offers:

  • Learning how to find city jobs that fit your skills and qualifications
  • Finding out how to complete your applicant profile and learn about the different steps of the hiring process
  • Getting tips on creating a strong application and making sure your application doesn’t get rejected
  • Having your questions answered by a Senior Human Resources Analyst at the City of Portland

This event is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. If you require accommodation, just ask! Incight is happy to provide accommodation to anyone who can provide a few days' notice. More information, including registration, is available on the event’s website which also includes a link to ask questions about the event. 

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 with and supports the publication.

To update your contact information, if you wish to submit information for the newsletter or if you know someone who would like to receive 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.