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Disability NEWS – May 18, 2016

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May 18, 2016

In this issue…

  • DACP presents “RealAbilities,” Portland’s first Disability Film Festival May 27-29
  • D-NEWS will be distributed online and by email on June 8 and 22
  • OHSU’s IDD Transitional Fair: Passport to a Healthy Future is June 4
  • National Federation of the Blind of Oregon offers five scholarships for 2016
  • UCP presents Sibshops to celebrate children of special needs siblings on June 11
  • PF&R installing specialized smoke alarms for the deaf and people with hearing loss
  • Get PHAMEous Community Open House to showcase its community in action
  • City of Portland wants to hear about people’s experiences on the city streets
  • NWDSA Bike First! Camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DACP presents “RealAbilities,” 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.

D-NEWS will be distributed online and by email on June 8 and 22

In June, the Disability NEWS will be distributed on June 8th and 22nd. This is a change from the regular distribution on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. The different distribution days are due to the Memorial Day holiday.

It is hoped that this will not prove inconvenient for either readers or those who provide content information to the NEWS. The widely-read disability publication will return to its regular publishing schedule in July.

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to submit information about events, workshops, new resources and other news for inclusion in the NEWS. It is suggested to have information submitted as soon as possible to allow for publishing deadlines and to readers enough time to plan for attending.

OHSU’s IDD Transitional Fair: Passport to a Healthy Future is June 4

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) extends an invite to its 3rd annual Transition Fair entitled “Passport to a Healthy Future.” The free event will be Saturday, June 4, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (South Waterfront) in Portland, rooms 3A001 and 3A002.

Passport to a Healthy Future emphasizes a holistic approach to adolescent transition for young people (ages 12-26) who experience disability. This event will feature transition resources from community vendors, as well as a keynote address by Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser.

This event will provide:

  • Education on important transition topics related to transitioning into adulthood
  • Access to community resources
  • Connections with service providers and community programs for transitioning youth
  • Information on health and wellness resources for youth and families

There will be free accessible parking and a complimentary lunch provided for all pre-registered attendees. More information, including a link to register and photos from the 2015 event to view, is available on the event’s website.

National Federation of the Blind of Oregon offers five scholarships for 2016

Up to five scholarships will be awarded by the National Federation of the Blind - Oregon (NFB-Oregon) this year to qualified applicants. At its fall state convention, the NFB-Oregon awards the scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.

There may be two scholarships awarded in the amount of $2,000; two in the amount of $3,000; and one in the amount of $5,000. The Len Hannon Scholarship (named for a former leader in the Oregon State Legislature and friend of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon) may be awarded to an individual who has been a winner in the past and continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people. The Len Hannon Scholarship, if awarded, may be for any of the monetary denominations deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Committee.

In addition to a scholarship, each winner will be brought to the NFB of Oregon State Convention at NFB of Oregon expense. This will provide an excellent opportunity for high level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

Information about the NFB of Oregon College Scholarship Program, applicant qualifications and the application process are available on the scholarship program webpage. The NFB of Oregon 2016 Scholarship application deadline is June 30, 2016.

UCP presents Sibshops to celebrate children of special needs’ siblings on June 11 

The United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington is proudly presenting “Sibshops,” a program just for brothers and sisters of children with special needs on June 11 from 1 to 4 pm. The three-hour workshop will be at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road in Lake Oswego.

The workshop will be lively and filled with fun to celebrate the many contributions made by the siblings of children with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being a brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. The Sibshop model mixes information and discussion activities with unique games and special guests.

To register or for more information contact: Tiffany Jones, Children's Services Manager at 503-467-0356 or email by clicking here. UCP advises that space is limited, so register as soon as possible. Information is also available on the event website.

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.

Get PHAMEous Community Open House to showcase its community in action on June 13

PHAME is conducting its “Get PHAMEous Community Open House” to showcase its student work and performances from spring term on June 13. The open house will be from 7 to 9 pm at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Avenue.

This is a great chance to see the PHAME community in action and is highly recomended for prospective future students and families to get a taste of PHAME. Anyone with questions may email Admin Manager Anya Roberts-Toney at

PHAME creates opportunities for adults with disabilities to experience the joy of artistic expression through lifelong arts education and performance, offering a safe environment to inspire new connections with students, teachers, and the arts community at large. More information about PHAME is available on its website.

City of Portland wants to hear about people’s experiences on the city streets 

As part of the new Vision Zero effort towards zero traffic fatalities, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation wants to hear from people who have disabilities about their experiences on Portland’s streets. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the city’s streets by 2025.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to complete the survey about their experiences walking, using public transportation, biking and driving around Portland. The Vision Zero Task Force is overseeing the creation of a Vision Zero Action Plan with specific steps to make streets safe. Information from the survey is important to develop the plan that will go to Portland's City Council for approval in October 2016. More information about the Vision Zero program is available on the Portland Bureau of Transportation 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.

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 for downloading in an e-publication format.