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Disability NEWS – May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

In this issue…

  • Preference policy in housing developed for displaced and marginalized households
  • Deadline to apply for ONI’s Disability Program Specialist position is May 9th
  • Free Tickets are available to NW Children’s Theatre Performance of “Snow White”
  • Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • May Community Forums scheduled to build ESSA Plan for Oregon’s education future
  • Hearing Loss Association of America - Portland to hold monthly meeting May 16
  • DACP presents “RealAbilities,” Portland’s first Disability Film Festival May 27-29
  • NWDSA Bike First! Camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike
  • DRO conducting its annual Community Insights Survey to determine priorities
  • PF&R installing specialized smoke alarms for the deaf and people with hearing loss
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

PHB preference policy in housing developed for displaced and marginalize households

As part of the City’s initiative in North and Northeast Portland to address the community impact of involuntary displacement, the Portland Housing Bureau has unveiled a preference policy that will prioritize impacted households for the rental housing and homeownership programs it funds in the area. In May, longtime residents who have experienced or are now facing displacement will be able to apply to receive preference for new homeownership opportunities.

The Portland Housing Bureau will be accepting applications for preference from Monday, May 2, 2016 through Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The application is available online now at the Housing Bureau’s website, as well as from eleven sites throughout the Portland Metro area (a full list of application sites is available here).

Anyone seeking information may also contact the Housing Bureau by calling the application helpline at 503-823-4147 or via email at More information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, is available at

Deadline to apply for ONI’s Disability Program Specialist position is May 9

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement has 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 understand the position and the recruitment/application 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.

Free Tickets are available to NW Children’s Theatre Performance of “Snow White”

The Northwest Children’s Theater (NWCT) has generously provided 140 tickets for its May 13 performance of “Snow White” to FACT Oregon. The Friday performance is from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Northwest Children’s Theater, 1819 NW Everett Street.

This fast-paced, award-winning NWCT original reimagines this fairytale as an epic, anime-inspired adventure. Brimming with action, humor, and bow-staff enhanced sibling rivalry this is an empowering fable for the whole family. The production is appropriate for children ages five and up.

For any attendee who uses a wheelchair, NWCT requests advance notice to have staff on hand to assist them. Please select “Yes” on the registration form where it asks, “Family member uses wheelchair,” and FACT will pass this information on to NWCT. Registration is available at this online web link.

Also, please indicate when registering how many in the party will be attending. FACT and NWCT ask that people reserve only the amount of tickets that their family will use. These events are very popular, and the organizations want to assure as many families as possible are able to attend.

Anyone who has questions regarding this event, may contact FACT at, or by calling (503) 786-6082 or 1-888-988-3228.

Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, May 9 • 10 a.m. to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

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.

Community Forums to be in May to build ESSA Plan for Oregon’s education future

Oregon’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor, in partnership with local education leaders, is asking Oregonians to help reimagine education in the state. Community members are invited to learn more about Oregon’s education initiatives and to help build the Oregon State plan for the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which replaces No Child Left Behind. ESSA allows Oregon to create a State Plan with increased flexibility in assessment, accountability, school improvement and educator effectiveness.

“I want to hear from Oregonians across the state about what they want for our schools,” says Deputy Superintendent Noor. “A new federal law provides us with an opportunity to reimagine education in Oregon, and the best way to accomplish that is with community input and involvement. I look forward to starting this conversation with Oregonians in a series of community forums.”

Parents, students, teachers and community members are invited to attend education forums in the coming months. These events are designed to encourage all community members to discuss how to support student success in Oregon. This includes providing ideas and having the opportunity to ask questions about the opportunities ESSA provides us.

Two Community Education Forums are being held in Portland this month. The first will be May 12 at 6 pm in the Sunrise Center (formerly Black Cat Cantina restaurant), 18901 E Burnside Street. The second is slated to be in Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus Student Union Building; Rooms 202, 203, 204, 705 North Killingsworth Street.

For more information, call (503) 786-6082 or 1 (888) 988-3228, or email The Oregon Department of Education has additional information posted online at

Hearing Loss Association of America - Portland holds monthly meeting May 16

The May meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Portland Chapter, will be at 6:30 pm on Monday, May 16th, at Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue, in the second floor conference room, next to the elevator. GS Building 2 is on NW 22nd at Marshall, facing the main entrance of Good Samaritan Hospital.

Gary Waddington of CaptionCall will speak to the group about the captioned telephones that his company provides. See for information.

The Chapter will also hold its annual election for officers and board members.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome to attend. No registration necessary.

DACP presents “ReelAbilities,” Portland’s first Disability Film Festival May 27-29

ReelAbilities, the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to sharing the stories of people with disabilities, makes its Portland debut from May 27 to 29 presented by the Disability Art and Culture Festival (DACP). Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is hosted in cities across the nation including New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. This will be Portland’s first Disability Film Festival.

DACP’s goal is to have a high quality film festival that portrays people with disabilities without stereotype or overcoming medical narratives. It wants to show both disabled and abled-bodied audiences that persons with disabilities are filmmakers, actors and actresses and that their lives are complex and their imaginations vast. The films will emphasize an affirmative disability identity that values persons with disabilities contributions and artistry.

In addition to 25 award-winning films by and about people with disabilities, the festival will present a DIY filmmaking workshop May 16 and 18, a panel on disability representation in film and TV May 19 and Northwest/local films on May 29.

More information, including a full roster of titles, screening times, workshop and panel information is available on the Portland ReelAbilities website.

Tickets are available on the Alberta Rose Theatre’s website.  Tickets are $10 for individual screenings, $18 for a day pass and $30 for a weekend pass.

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.

DRO conducting its annual Community Insights Survey to determine priorities

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is soliciting input about the needs of Oregonians with disabilities through its annual Community Insights Survey. DRO is requesting participants take approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey and help it identify areas in which it may focus resources in the coming year. Participants can fill out the survey on the organization’s website, download a Word version or PDF version if an alternate format is needed, or contact DRO at (503) 243-2081 or 1 (800) 452-1694, or Survey responses must be submitted by June 30, 2016.

PF&R installing specialized smoke alarms for the deaf and people with hearing loss

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to install specialized smoke alarms in the homes of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. This program is purely voluntary and is offered to people with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically those deaf or hard of hearing. This program is only for persons living in the City of Portland.

There are a limited number of these specialized smoke alarms available and will be provided on a first come, first served basis given in order to those qualified individuals who submit an application with all appropriate paperwork. Special installation priority may be given to people with multiple risk factors.

To apply, fill out the online application below and submit a Certification of Eligibility form. The form and further information about this program is available on the PF&R website. For questions regarding the program or to have help filling out an application, contact PF&R at or call 503-823-3752.

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.