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Disability NEWS – April 20, 2016

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April 20, 2016

In this issue…

  • ONI announces recruitment to fill open Disability Program Specialist position
  • MADE FOR MOM Arts & Craft Fair features local and diverse artists’ works
  • 9th Annual Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be May 3rd in the Convention Center
  • Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • NWDSA holding its cross-disability 2016 All Born (In) Conference April 23rd
  • FACT’s It Starts with a Dreamworkshop to be at MESD Wheatley School
  • NWDSA Bike First! Camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike
  • Learn How to Navigate Federal Jobs at Incight’s April 26 workshop
  • DRO’s Voting information is available for both people with disabilities and candidates
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

ONI announces open position for  Disability Program Specialist

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement has announced an opening in its Disability Program for a Program Specialist. The position is responsible for developing and implementing community engagement activities between the people of the disability community, neighborhoods and city government. It also addresses efforts to assure City government is including and preparing people with disabilities in disaster preparedness. The closing date to apply for the job is May 9 at 4:30 pm.

To apply, candidates may apply online at the NeoGov website. A cover letter and résumé should be prepared for submitting in the application process. The documents will be the basis for an evaluation of qualifications for the position. Further details about the position, including primary and secondary responsibilities; necessary knowledge, skills and abilities; other duties; the recruitment process; application instructions; and other information are provided on the NEOGov web page.

An optional information session is being provided to assist applicants in understanding the position and the recruitment process. The session will be April 27, 5 to 6 pm, in the Pettygrove Room on the second floor of Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Avenue. Applicants are not required to attend. Reasonable accommodation will be provided by calling Brian Hoop at 503-823-3075 at least five business days in advance.

Questions about the Disability Program Specialist position may be directed to Regina Birch, senior human resources analyst by emailing or calling 503-823-4034.

MADE FOR MOM Arts & Craft Fair features local and diverse artists’ works

A diverse group of artists are featuring their products at the MADE FOR MOM Arts & Craft Fair on April 30 from 10 am to 6 pm. The fair will be in the Riverwood Recreation Room at 4150 NE 125th Place, between NE Shaver Street and Sandy Boulevard.

The event was organized to offer a variety of creative products for Mother’s Day in May. Artists who work with paper collage, pencils, pens, brushes, jewelry, wood and other artistic mediums will provide a wide variety of unique handmade art. Artists Lavaun Heaster, Rashauna Saunders, Bhakta, Ruth Gourdine and others are looking forward to sharing their work with attendees. There will also be the opportunity to participate in designing personal greeting cards.

The Riverwood Recreation Room is accessible and on TriMet routes 22, 21 and 71. To learn more, visit the fair’s Facebook page.

9th Annual Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo is May 3rd at the Convention Center

The 2016 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on May 3rd from 10 am to 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B. Incight, with over 40 sponsors and exhibitors are hosting the ninth Tapping Fresh Talent event. This is Oregon’s top recruiting event that links employers with the skills and talents of Oregonians with disabilities and to grow inclusion with businesses needing those talents.

The career inclusion expo is the place for businesses to expand their diversity, interact with the fastest growing minority, improve their retention, recruit job seekers with disabilities, find interns and more. Workshops are scheduled for job seekers in self-empowerment, networking and resume review. More information, including registration, for businesses and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent event website.

Job seekers of all levels, employment specialists, transition students and teachers are invited to attend the free event. Tapping Fresh Talent features resume review, workshops, information tables and a student central workshop for high school and transition-aged students. Please note that workshops and resume review are first come, first served, so arrive early to secure a spot. Email to learn more about the two-hour Student Central workshop. Any questions may be answered by contacting Incight at 971-244-0306.

Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

PCOD Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 28, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights,
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Full Commission Meeting
Friday, May 13, 11 am to 1 pm
Bridge & Steel Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, 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 holding its cross-disability 2016 All Born (In) Conference April 23rd

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. The conference is from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm and offers 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 participants can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that their children are all born “in”. There will be over 36 sessions for ages 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.

More details about the cross-disability conference are available on the event website, including a link to register and download materials. For more information, contact Angela Frome by emailing or call 503-238-0522. Some scholarships are available if someone has a hardship, details available by calling the same phone number provided.

FACT’s It Starts with a Dream workshop to be at MESD Wheatley School

FACT-Oregon will present “It Starts with a Dream” Workshop on Wednesday, May 11, from 6 to 8 pm, at MESD Wheatley School, 14030 NE Sacramento Street. The workshop is subtitled: An Introduction to Person-centered Planning and the One-page Profile. The two-hour workshop is free for families.

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.

NWDSA Bike First! Camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is conducting its Bike First! Camp from June 20 through 24. Bike First! promotes inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills needed to ride typical bicycles.

Bike Week at Concordia College in Portland is a magical experience for everyone. Children blossom and beam with pride over their new found skill, volunteers cheer and parents tear up to see their child take flight, alone, for the first time. Bike First! is open to children eight years and up; meaning there is no cap on the end age.

People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics — some of these conditions include Down syndrome, mild to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills, and other developmental delays.

More information on this year’s Bike First! Camp is available on NWDSA’s event website. The Bike First! website provides further information on the program including a link to register for the June 2016 Camp.

Learn How to Navigate Federal Jobs at Incight’s April 26 workshop

The theme of Incight’s informal workshop is “Learn How to Navigate Federal Jobs” on Tuesday, April 26. Jobseekers with disabilities may learn more about the application process to secure a federal job at the workshop from 10 to 11 am in Incight’s 8th Floor Conference Room at 111 SW Columbia Street.

Attendees will:

  • Understand a federal job announcement: how to dissect the job posting and understand the documentation needed to prove qualification, if applicable
  • Find out how to complete their applicant profile, get tips on creating a strong application and make sure the application doesn't get rejected
  • Learn about the different steps of the hiring process
  • Have their questions answered

The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required for all attendees. Further information and registration is available on the Eventbrite web page

DRO’s Voting information is available for both people with disabilities and candidates

Oregon’s Primary Election Day is now less than one month away on May 17th. Persons with disabilities may prepare to cast their vote by learning more about the voting process, accessibility and other voting concerns on the Disability Rights Oregon voting webpage. Since approximately one in four Oregonians have a disability, candidates will also benefit by going to DRO’s accessible campaign resources webpage to ensure they provide accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

in preparing for the voting process, persons with disabilities, their families, friends and providers will find DRO’s publications on the voting webpage to be good resources. Its voting brochure, voting handbook and “Assisting Voters with Disabilities - A Guide for Family, Friends and Providers” are available on the page for viewing and downloading. There are also links to accessible campaign resources, the Oregon Voter Bill of Rights, Oregon’s Motor Voter information, and other voting information.

The accessible campaign resources page offers resources for candidates and campaigns to make their campaigns be accessible to persons with disabilities. A webinar to make a campaign accessible may be participated in on April 7 at 10 am. It will provide information about disability friendly and culturally inclusive concepts, accessible documents and websites, resources and referrals. A link is also provided to Candidates Must Caption where information on captioning is provided. DRO recommends that all candidates use live captioning (CART) at events, and include quality closed captioning for all videos.

This work is supported by funding that DRO receives from Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access. PAVA is administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Developmental 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 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 is available for reading online or downloading in an e-publication format.