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Disability NEWS – June 15, 2016 newsletter

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June 15, 2016

In this issue…

  • NAMI Multnomah offering free peer program for people with mental illness
  • DHS’s Portland Town Hall Meeting will be at Creston Elementary School on June 20
  • June 23 “Meet Business” event will feature federal natural resources agencies to meet
  • DRO’s annual Community Insights Survey is open until June 30 for input
  • City of Portland wants to hear about people’s experiences on the city streets
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • National Federation of the Blind of Oregon scholarship deadline is June 30
  • Bimonthly forums on spinal cord injury being held at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

NAMI Multnomah offering free peer program for people with mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multnomah is offering a free Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program specifically for adults with mental illness. The 10-week series of classes will take place every Saturday beginning June 18 to August 20, from 10 am to 12 pm, at the Portland Providence Medical Center.

The free 10-week course offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress-management techniques. The Peer-to-Peer class offers insight into mental health and knowledge about how to cope with difficult circumstances. The class is led by two trained peer mentors who themselves have worked to achieve recovery and are able to teach coping skills to others.

Peer-to-Peer supports the identification of feelings, thoughts, behaviors and events that can result in a possible relapse. This class provides information on how to be an active participant in one’s treatment plan along with knowledge about strengthening interpersonal relations. Some questions answered in Peer-to-Peer include: What do I do in a crisis? How can I help prevent a relapse? How do I take care of myself in all of this? What is an Advanced Medical Directive and how do I get one?

Developed by NAMI, the course is a unique experiential learning program for people living with mental health conditions who seek to achieve and maintain wellness and recovery. The motto of the Peer to Peer program is “Sincere Uncritical Acceptance.”

Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact:  or call 503-228-5692. The course is not appropriate for family members who have a loved one with a mental illness. NAMI Multnomah offers a separate course, “Family-to-Family education,” for family members and loved ones of adults living with mental illness. For more information about NAMI Multnomah and its services, visit the organization’s website.

DHS’s Portland Town Hall Meeting will be at Creston Elementary School on June 20

State leaders from the Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) are conducting town hall meetings throughout the state to discuss funding of its programs, which includes Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services. FACT Oregon is inviting people to provide input to DHS at a June 20th Town Hall Meeting on services, programs and priorities for the 2017 DHS budget and legislative session. The meeting will be in Creston Elementary School’s Auditorium, 4701 SE Bush Street, from 1 to 3 pm.

FACT is forwarding the announcement from the Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition because it sees participation from the public is critical as DHS makes funding decisions for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services. Anyone concerned about the future of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities should attend these events.

Learn more about the DHS Town Hall Meeting in Portland by visiting FACT’s website. Anyone planning to attend is encouraged to email the DHS Director’s Office.

June 23rd “Meet Business” event features federal natural resources agencies

The US Forest Service, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, is hosting a free informational and networking event in downtown Portland on June 23 from 12:15 to 2:30 pm. The event is at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

Job seekers with disabilities are invited to learn about the wide variety of career opportunities within Natural Resource agencies of the Federal Government. Come meet hiring managers as they share valuable information about each specific agency, including insider tips on how to successfully navigate the application process. After the informative presentations, take advantage and make a coveted connection by speaking directly with each agency during the networking session.

The first hour will feature a welcome and panel discussion, to be followed by time to network with the agencies. The participating agencies are the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Timber Lake Job Corps, plus more agencies scheduled to be in attendance.

Registration is required for the event on this website. Register as soon as possible as space is limited. For accomodations, contact Incight at least a week prior to make a request. Email or call 971-244-0305.

DRO’s annual Community Insights Survey is open until June 30 for input

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.

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.

Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website

The latest information for June 2016 Portland Commission on Disability meetings is available on the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

National Federation of the Blind of Oregon scholarship deadline is June 30

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.

Spinal Cord Injury Bimonthly Forums to be at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon

The Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection (Oregon SCI) is continuing its bimonthly SCI/D forums at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO). All are welcome. The next forum will be August 11 from 6:30 to 8 pm at RIO in Good Samaritan Medical Center’s activity room, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue.

This is an educational forum for all those affected by spinal cord injury, addressing the challenges of adjusting to life with an SCI. The location is significant because newly injured, in-patients can meet others with SCI and learn about issues they’ll face once they are discharged. Additionally, health professionals of Oregon enter into dialogue with participants about health issues and how to improve the provision of resources and services to those who are recently discharged.

Oregon SCI is a group for all those affected by spinal cord injury - new and veteran, family and friends. It is a community-based health initiative strengthening the vibrant regional SCI network. More information about Oregon SCI and its programs is available on its website.

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.