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Disability NEWS - September 1, 2015

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September 2, 2015

  • DRO working to curb short school days for children with disabilities
  • September Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • NW Downs Syndrome Association holding its 17th Official Buddy Walk
  • National MS Society-Oregon sponsoring Living Well with MS September 19
  • United Cerebral Palsy’s 11th Annual Walk, Roll ’n’ Run is this month
  • City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 1
  • Live Resumé is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities
  • IDD’s 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are October 18
  • Mark the Date: Night for Networking set for October 28 in South Waterfront
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DRO working to curb short school days for children with disabilities

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is working to curb the use of short school days for children who have disabilities by asking the parents to contact the organization. DRO asks that parents of children with disabilities contact them if their child has only gotten one or two hours of education a day because of behaviors related to a disability.

Depending upon the family’s situation and DRO’s resources, the organization may be able to offer one of the following:

  • Providing a strategy for getting the child back into a full day of appropriate education through DRO’s intake process;
  • Helping to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Education or U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR); or
  • Connecting the family with a volunteer attorney who has been trained to file a complaint.

As part of DRO’s overall strategy to stop districts from shortening school days, they have filed and settled four complaints with OCR about this issue. They have also asked OCR to investigate the seriousness of the problem across the state and are working on support for a new statute that is hoped will be sent to the legislature in 2016. All of these efforts may be helped by having more cases that demonstrate the seriousness of the problem.

Further information is available on DRO’s website (, including an anonymous survey for people who have already contacted them on this matter.

September Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

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

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
*PCOD will meet the second Friday of every month through December*
Friday, September 11, 11 am to 1 pm
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, 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.

NW Downs Syndrome Association holding its 17th Official Buddy Walk

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 Buddy Walk is from 10 am to 1 pm, beginning in the Rose Quarter Commons’ Main Amphitheater 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

National MS Society-Oregon sponsoring Living Well with MS September 19

Living well with MS involves more than just treating one’s MS. At the Living Well with MS event, participants will learn how a healthy diet, regular exercise and other wellness strategies can help them feel their best.

The event is being held by the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society starting at 9:45 am at the First Unitarian Church’s Eliot Center, Buchan Reception Hall, 1226 SW Salmon Street in Portland. Registration is from 9:45 to 10 am with the program running from 10 to 11:15 am. Complimentary beverages and light refreshments will be available.

Jan Spencer will be the speaker and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the neurology social worker at the Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence West in Portland.

For more information or to register and attend, please call 1-800-344-4867, option 1. Further information about the Oregon Chapter of the National MS Society is available on its website at

United Cerebral 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 Washington is also available on the UCP website.

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.

City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 1

An informational and networking event introducing job seekers with disabilities to City of Portland career opportunities will be Thursday, October 1, on the Portland Building’s second floor from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The City, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), is providing panel discussions, workshops and presentations from over 20 of its bureaus.

Participants may network one on one with recruiting representatives, learn how to find jobs which suit their interests and how to be successful in the application process. The opening welcome and panel discussions will be from 9 to 11:30 am with booths open for networking with City bureau staff from 11 am to 1:30 pm. How to Apply for City Job workshops will be held from 11:35 am to 2:15 pm.

To register for the event, please go to the event’s website. Accommodation requests may be made by email Kali Giaritta at her email address or calling 971-244-0305.

Live Resume is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities

Register now to participate in Incight’s Live Resume and become more than just a piece of paper to employers. Live Resume will be on September 22 from 10 am to noon in downtown Portland and has 20 available spots for participants. The event offers the opportunity to increase their network, build skills and confidence, and learn about job opportunities.

Participants have up to three minutes to verbally present themselves to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers. After the presentations there are 45 minutes of networking. Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session, where they will have the opportunity to work on their elevator pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. The one-hour practice sessions are September 17 and participants will chose either one at 11 am or one at noon.

To register, interested individuals can submit a resume to Kali ( People of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. Kali will call to confirm participation and prep each candidate for the event within 3 business days. She can also be contacted at 971-244-0305 for further information.

OHSU’s IDD 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 18

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) extends an invitation to participate in the 2015 Harvest Hustle Festival 5K, 1K, and Kids' Dash on Sunday, October 18, in downtown Portland. Besides the races, there is the Harvest Hustle Festival with delicious food, live music, crafts and giveaways.

All proceeds will support two programs: the IDD and Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism. Families throughout the region turn to the IDD for care, compassion, and resources for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities or special health needs. In addition to clinical service, the IDD actively participates in research, public health/community outreach, and education/training to continuously improve knowledge and practice while working with patients and families in the hospital, in outpatient clinics, or in the patients home.

Last year there were nearly 800 participants with event organizers hoping for a bigger turnout this year. It will be a great time for competitive athletes, families, advocates, and those who wish to participate in a community event that will have a lasting impact on thousands of adolescents with disabilities.

To learn more, visit the event website at or contact Misti Moxley at or 503 320-3103. 

Mark the Date: Night for Networking set for October 28 in South Waterfront

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 on 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 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.