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Disability NEWS – February 17, 2016


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February 17, 2016

In this issue…

  • Disability NEWS seeks user input on alternative e-publication format for accessibility
  • February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • NWDSA now accepting pre-registration for All Born (In) 2016 Conference
  • Incight conducting the “Navigating State Jobs Workshop” on February 23
  • Great Lakes ADA Center asking for participants in Transportation Survey
  • FACT’s “It Starts with a Dream” Workshop is February 24 for families and professionals
  • Open House for ADA accessibility at the Rose Test Garden will be March 1st
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Disability NEWS seeks user input on alternative e-publication format

The Disability NEWS has been working to offer an e-publication (e-pub) format as an alternative means to access the twice-monthly newsletter. Participants are being sought for input on the draft e-pub format to help best provide an edition that is accessible on computers and mobile computing devices, such as tablets and cell phones.

Given the ease of use and increasing number of people now with mobile computing devices, the new e-pub format provides enhanced accessibility. Using e-pubs, users are able to enlarge and change the font, change the background color and even have the document read to them on the device. The online announcement provides a graphic displaying examples of the default font size, an enlarged font size and a reversed image with white letters on a black background.

The HTML format and portable document format (PDF) can be problematic for some readers, so one goal of the NEWS has been to explore emerging methods of publishing that may provide improved access. This is especially important for the blind and persons with vision loss. Nearly all mobile devices offer the ability for users to open e-pubs and set its parameters for their use and access to information. 

Anyone wishing to test the beta sample of the Disability NEWS e-publication may download it by clicking the link to the online announcement . Please email any comments regarding problems, suggestions or other information to Anyone not receiving the email newsletter may also request to be added to the subscription list at this email address.

Once enough responses have been gathered and any adjustments made, the e-pub format will be offered as an alternate email to subscribers and be available for downloading on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website.

February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

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.

NWDSA now accepting pre-registration for All Born (In) 2016 Conference in April

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is conducting its 11th annual All Born (In) Cross-Disability Best Practices Inclusive Education Conference on Saturday, April 23 at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. NWDSA is now accepting pre-registrations online. Pre-registering indicates an attendee’s commitment to attend and will provide notification by email when the event site is live.

All Born (In) is an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community. Come celebrate and learn how Universal Design for Learning and Best Practices can be used to reach and teach every child. Share, learn and make connections so that we can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that our children are all born “in”. There will be over 30 sessions from birth through adulthood available to attendees.

Keynote speakers are Keith Jones, a disability rights activist, composer, producer and hip hop artist and Dr. Richard A. Villa, who has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators, in development and implementation of organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students. Jones is also the Founder, President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences, an endeavor founded on the belief that in order to build a stronger community, there must be a heart and soul commitment to those who need assistance.

For more information, contact Angela Frome by emailing or call 503-238-0522.

Incight conducting the “Navigating State Jobs Workshop” on February 23

Incight is hosting the “Learn to Navigate State Jobs” workshop on Tuesday, February 23, from 10 to 11:30 am, in its Eighth Floor Conference Room at 111 SW Columbia Street in downtown Portland. The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required at the workshop website.

Helen Hoang from Oregon Health Authority is offering the informal workshop for job seekers with disabilities on how to apply for State jobs. Here's what attendees will get get from the event:

  • Learn how to find jobs that fit their skills and qualifications
  • Find out how to complete their applicant profile and learn about the different steps of the hiring process
  • Get tips on creating a strong application and make sure their application doesn’t get rejected
  • Have their questions answered by OHA's Diversity Coordinator

Job seekers of all levels and disabilities are welcome to participate. Accommodation will be made available with at least a week’s advance notice before the workshop. ASL interpreters will be provided upon request only. Questions may be answered by calling Kim or Kali at 971-244-0305 or emailing Kali at

Transportation survey for improving accessible public transit needs participants

The Great Lakes ADA Center invites the public to participate in a national survey titled, Transportation Access and Experiences, which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities.

The survey team is very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation. Please use this link to access and complete the survey.

This survey is being conducted by the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC /, a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers. The ADA-PARC project focuses on community living, community participation & work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities. 

FACT’s “It Starts with a Dream” Workshop is February 24 for families and professionals

FACT-Oregon will present “It Starts with a Dream” Workshop on Wednesday, February 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Aloha High School, 18500 SW Kinnaman Road. The workshop is subtitled: An Introduction to Person-centered Planning and the One-page Profile and is free for families. FACT is receiving support for this event by the Beaverton School District.

Participants will learn about: 

  • How a vision/dream for the future is the beginning of the journey
  • The importance of introducing a child to their strengths
  • The importance of having high expectations
  • The one-page profile and how it can be used in the IEP (Individual Education Program) and in identifying supports, building community, and planning for life after school.

Light refreshments will be provided. The training will be provided in Spanish and English in separate rooms. For more information call 503-786-6082 or 888-988-3228, or email Registration is available online at this webpage.

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. More information is available on FACT's website.

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.

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.

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.