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DISABILITY NEWS – February 3, 2016

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February 3, 2016

 In this issue…

  • NWDSA offers monthly Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroup for families
  • February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • OTAP holding an Assistive Technology Conference February 8-9
  • Live Resume on February 11 is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities
  • Workshop series for families offers training for a child’s transition to adulthood
  • Area eWIC programs to make it easier for families to get healthy food
  • Rose Garden improvements for ADA accessibility is focus for March 1st Open House
  • FACT Oregon offering several February events in Portland Metro area
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

NWDSA’s Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroup welcomes families to connect

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) welcomes families to its Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroup on Wednesday, February 10, from 10 am to noon. The monthly play group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 SE Bush Street.

Open Arms is a parent-driven play group for children from birth through five with disabilities including Down syndrome, and their families. The play group is organized to give parents opportunities to connect with each other on a personal level by asking questions, sharing ideas, and learning from others experience. The gathering is a fun place where children can play, snack, learn and grow together.

The play group is NWDSA’s belief that parents are the experts and number one advocate of their children. There is no charge, and all families whose have children with Down syndrome age 0-5 are welcome, including siblings. More information on the play group is in the events calendar on the NWDSA website.

February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

The Portland Commission on Disability will be holding
its annual retreat on February 12th from 9 am to 3:30 pm

The public is welcome to attend the open business meeting
that will be held from 3:30 to 4 pm following the retreat.
The next regularly-scheduled meeting for PCOD will be
Friday, March 11, from 11 am to 1 pm

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 4, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights,
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

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

Promoting Awareness and Livability Committee (PAL)
Friday, February 19, 3 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.

OTAP holding an Assistive Technology Conference February 8-9

The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) is holding an Assistive Technology Conference on February 8 and 9 from 8 am to 3:45 pm each day. The conference will have a keynote presentation during the opening general session on “Tools and Strategies for Literacy: Assistive Technology in Action” by Caroline Musselwhite, Assistive Technology Specialist. The event location is the Salem Conference Center at 200 Commercial Street in Salem.

There are six concurrent sessions featured during the two days that will complement the keynote with information and activities. For continuing education, one credit is available through Portland State University with applications available on-site. There will also be exhibits both days provided by service agencies and vendors. Further information on the conference is available on the event registration website.

OTAP provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). More information about OTAP is available on its website.

Live Resume on February 11 is a networking opportunity for jobseekers with disabilities

Northwest Gas is hosting Incight’s “Live Resume” on February 11 for jobseekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. The event is presented by Incight, in partnership with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services. There are 20 available spots for participants.

During the main event, participants have up to three minutes to verbally present their "Live Resume" to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers. After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session where they will have the opportunity to work on their "Live Resume" pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. Incight has posted a video on its YouTube channel that features the “Live Resume” event.

The practice session is scheduled at Incight’s downtown office on Monday, February 8, from 12:30 to 1:30pm or from 2 to 3:00 pm. Participants will only need to attend one. There are only 20 spots available to job seekers and Incight encourages all skill levels to apply.

To register, interested individuals must first submit a resume to Kim Alejo ( Once a resume is received, Kim will call to confirm participation and to discuss logistics of the event. For more information, please call Kim 971-244-0305 or use the email previously noted.

Incight supports and empowers key life aspects of education, employment and independence for people with disabilities. The organization works to create a culture of inclusion by leading an important conversation about disability in our community. Visit Incight’s website to learn more and also get details about the February 10 “Meet the Business” event with Lowe’s and the “Navigating State of Oregon Jobs” workshop on February 23.

Workshop series for families offers training for a child’s transition to adulthood

Community Vision Inc. (CVI) and FACT Oregon are providing a free series of workshops starting February 16 to assist parents of children receiving special education in understanding how to prepare for their child’s transition to adulthood. “Dream Builders Alliance” is for families with young adults ages 16 to 21 and a training opportunity for both the parents and the students.

The five Tuesday evening sessions are February 16 and 23 and March 1, 8 and 15. They will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm at Independence NW, 919 NE 19th Avenue, #275, in Portland. The series is free with a meal provided by CVI.

Participants in this series will learn about:

  • Creating a vision for life after school with the creation of a person-centered plan and a one-page profile
  • The role of self-determination
  • The role of the IEP and post-secondary options
  • How to access adult services in your community
  • Guardianship

This mentor program will provide a fun and safe learning environment for young adult participants who experience disability that build towards developing goals and vocational skills while exploring personal interests. To register for the series, visit the workshop website. Further information about Dream Builders Alliance is available on the program’s website.

Area eWIC programs to make it easier for families to get healthy food

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties are launching a new method for families to get WIC foods. “eWIC” provides families with EBT (electronic benefit transaction) cards, replacing the paper vouchers currently used to get WIC-approved foods such as milk, eggs, produce and baby food.

“The benefits of eWIC will be significant,” says Washington County WIC Supervisor Tiare Sanna. “It will greatly improve WIC participants’ shopping experience and their ability to track their monthly food balance. It will be quicker and easier for stores and cashiers, and it will allow the WIC program as a whole to better track shopping trends and should help increase program efficiency.”

Participants can also download a new WICShopper smart phone app that allows them to scan an item’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC-allowed food.

Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County WIC programs all have openings for participants. For eligibility requirements or other information, families may contact their WIC office. More information, including contact information, is available at the announcement’s webpage

Rose Garden improvements for ADA accessibility is topic of March 1st open house

Portland Parks and Recreation invites the public to an open house about plans to improve ADA accessibility at the Rose Garden on March 1. The event is at the Multnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, from 5:30 to 7 pm with the presentation starting at 6 pm.

With funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden improvements project will remove ADA accessibility barriers from the main promenade within the Rose Garden and improve the connection to the parking lot. The work will provide all Portland residents and visitors the opportunity to equally enjoy this space for the next 100 years.

The community open house is part of the Design Process and Community Input stage of the project schedule. Other stages are permitting and bidding, followed by construction. Further information about the open house is available on the Parks’ website.

FACT Oregon offering several February events in Portland Metro area

FACT is providing free training opportunities for individuals and families experiencing disability in February. Information is being offered on transitioning to kindergarten, individual support plans and person-centered planning. The following is a list with dates, times, locations and registration information:

  • Preparing for a Successful Transition to Kindergarten, Thursday, February 4, from 6 to 8 pm at the Clackamas Educational Service District office. Register at this link.
  • Introduction to the Individual Support Plan (ISP), Monday, February 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Multnomah Education Service District office. Register at this link.
  • It Starts with a Dream: Introduction to Person-centered Planning and the One-page Profile, Wednesday, March 2, from 5 to 7:00 pm, at the Fowler Middle School Commons  in Tigard. Register at this link.

FACT is a family leadership organization based in Oregon for individuals and their families experiencing disability, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships. Further information about webinars and FACT Oregon is available on the organization’s website [].

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more 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 NEWS, including back issues, is also available in the program’s website for viewing at this link.

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.

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