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Disability NEWS - August 19, 2015

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 August 19, 2015


  • Two Portland theater companies providing captioning this season
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • PHAME presents “Up the Fall - A New Musical” on August 22
  • NW Downs Syndrome stages 17th Official Buddy Walk next month
  • PWD may participate in research opportunity concerning disasters
  • United Cerebral Palsy’s 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run is September 19
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings


Open Captioning to be provided at two Portland theaters this season

Two Portland theater companies have received funding to help them provide an open captioned performance during each of their plays.

Artists Repertory Theater (ART) will have an open-captioned performance (OC) on the third Sunday night performance of each of its eight plays. The first OC performance will be "The Understudy" at 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 27. ART is located on SW Morrison and 16th, near Providence Park. See for more info.

Portland Center Stage (PCS) will open its second season including OC performances this fall with “Our Town.” PCS is located at the Gerding Theater on Northwest 11th Avenue and Davis Street (formerly known as the Armory). Information about accessibility, including mobility, visual and hearing loss, is available on the PCS accessibility webpage. Instructions are included to indicate having seats in the open-captioned seating section, which will discount each adult ticket by $5.

Partial support for these open captioned performances was provided by Theatre Development Fund, see and TDF also provided support to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland to begin its OC performances several years ago. This year, OSF provides OC at a total of 24 performances of its 11-play season. The final OC performances this year are October 1 through 3. See for more info.

Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCOD Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee (PAL)
Friday, August 21, 3 to 5 pm.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCOD Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 5 pm to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Public Safety Subcommittee
Friday, September 4, 11:30 am to 1 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

Promoting Awareness and Livability Subcommittee
Friday, September 18, 3 pm to 5 pm
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.

PHAME presents “Up the Fall – A New Musical” on August 22

For the first time, PHAME will produce a newly-commissioned original musical entitled “Up the Fall.” The opening is Saturday, August 22, at 7pm and tickets are on sale now. The performance will be in the Artists Repertory Theatre’s Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison Street.

Up the Fall, is a mythical music-theatre journey by Debbie Lamedman, following characters from myth around the globe, set to a folk-music accented score composed by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Laura Gibson.

This new show has an accomplished production team, including award-winning Portland talent. Matthew B. Zrebski will direct the production, Matthew Gailey will serve as Music Director, and Jessica Dart will lead the creation process as Dramaturg and assistant director. The production will feature an integrated cast of actors with and without developmental disabilities, including PHAME students and actor mentors from the Portland professional theatre community.

Tickets may be purchased online at the ART website or by calling the ART Box Office at 503-241-1278. Accessible seating is available – be sure to notify the box office of any accessibility needs when purchasing tickets.

PHAME is a community where adults with disabilities and their families come to engage, learn and grow in an environment that is supportive and comfortable. Built upon the belief that art is for all and that through the arts; students, artists, teachers and the greater community can discover their own inspiration, PHAME brings passion, joy and celebration to arts education and performance. 

NW Down Syndrome Association stages 17th Official Buddy Walk next month

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting the 17th Annual Portland and SW Washington Buddy Walk® on Saturday, September 19, to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together over 1400 participants from the greater Portland metro area – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

The Walk is from 10 am to 1 pm, beginning in the Rose Quarter Commons’ Main Ampitheater and Center Court. Join other participants for live music and family entertainment, games and bounce houses, auctions and raffles, and tasty food and snacks. Hear from amazing self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. Sign up at the 2015 Portland Metro/Southwest Washington Buddy Walk website. Those who can’t be there may register as a virtual walker or make a donation in honor of the people in their life who experience Down syndrome.

NWDSA creates and nurtures a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability, including Down syndrome. It empowers and supports families and self-advocates, increases education, promotes public understanding and acceptance, increases competence of parents and professionals, works toward full inclusion, and defends the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Anyone who would like to learn more about NWDSA’s mission and opportunities to get involved, is encouraged to visit NWDSA’s website at

PWD may participate in a research opportunity concerning disasters

People with physical disabilities may participate in a research study conducted by George Washington University about how adults with physical disabilities think about and prepare for disasters. Participants are invited to complete a survey online or by telephone.

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes when completed online and approximately 40 minutes when completed by telephone. Participants will receive a $10 gift card (from Amazon, iTunes, or Target) for their time and effort.

To take part in this study, adults must be 18 years or older, live in the United States, and self-identify as a person with a physical disability. For further information, send an email to or call 202-994-1887. 

United Celebral Palsy’s 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run is September 19

The 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run will be September 19 starting at 8 am with registration and the event beginning at 9 am. Sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington (UCP), the event is being held on the east bank of the Willamette River, beginning in the RiverEast Center parking lot, 1515 SE Water Avenue.

Spend a wonderful day with family, friends and the community as the event raises awareness and the funds needed for the Family Support Department at UCP.

Register at to sign up, form a team, join a team or support an individual. Additional information about United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washingon is also available on the UCP website at

The UCP is a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon with a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. 

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.