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Disability NEWS – August 17, 2016

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August 17, 2016

In this issue…

  • MULTCO opening 3 cooling centers to provide relief during expected heat wave
  • Inaugural Wheelchair Dancers Event is August 20 at the East Bank Esplanade
  • METRO stages job fair for people with disabilities on September 1
  • MULTCO holding public hearings on three-year plan for older adult services
  • OHSU seeking women with physical disabilities to participate in focus group
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • HLAA-Portland chapter meetings resume September 19th in NW Portland
  • 18th Annual Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk is set for September 24th
  • City Auditor seeks input for community survey about ADA accommodation requests
  • FACT Oregon conducting a community building workshop on October 4 in Portland
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

MULTCO opening 3 cooling centers to provide relief during expected heat wave

Three cooling centers are being opened this week by Multnomah County to offer relief from a forecasted heat wave expected to reach temperatures in the high 90s later this week and into the weekend.

Seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions may seek relief from the hot weather at the cooling centers during the hottest parts of the day on Thursday, August 18; Friday, August 19; and Saturday, August 20.

More information and details is available at the Disability NEWS' website.

Inaugural Wheelchair Dancers Event is August 20 at the East Bank Esplanade

The Wheelchair Dancers Organization is conducting a Groovy Walk/Run with Wheelchair Race, Party and Dance on August 20 on Portland’s East Bank Esplanade, Main Street Festival Plaza. People are invited to put on their grooviest costume for the run/walk around the downtown waterfront at sunset.

The run will be followed by a party and dance with local food and refreshments. Portland’s own Akiya Drum and Dance Circle will provide the beat for the night. There will be on-site photographers, free face painting and children’s coloring booth, fantastic food and other vendors.

Performances and joint dancing will be provided by Wheel Chair Dancers and Billy Blanks “Junior “Dance It Out.” Free dancing is available for all with lessons to be given by dance instructors. The event is to support the Wheelchair Dancers Organization whose motto is “Changing Lives Through Dance.” Further information is available on the event website . The Wheelchair Dancers website offers more information about its work and accomplishments.

METRO staging job fair for people with disabilities on September 1

Oregon Metro is offering an informal workshop for job seekers with disabilities and employment specialists on September 1, from 11 am to noon. Incight is hosting the event in its eighth floor conference room at 111 SW Columbia Avenue. Job seekers will learn about career opportunities, how to apply, and how to make their application shine.

Those who live in the Metro First Opportunity Target Area are encouraged to attend to learn more about having an advantage in the application process. They may be eligible to apply for, and have preferential consideration for FOTA positions at Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission managed venues.

This event is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. Please register at the event website. Accommodation will be provided to anyone who may require it. It is available to anyone who provides notification within at least five business days of the workshop.

Job seekers or students with disabilities and anyone working with people with disabilities, such as employment specialists, transition teachers, counselors, parents, etc. are encouraged to attend. Questions about the event may be directed to Incight by calling Kali at 971-244-0305 or emailing

Metro is currently looking for talented individuals to fill current openings, which you can view at

MULTCO holding public hearings on three-year plan for older adult services

The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Division (ADVSD) will host two public hearings next month on its 2017-2020 Area Plan. The Area Plan, a requirement of all area agencies, describes how the county will provide a comprehensive and coordinated delivery system to older adults in Multnomah County.

The hearings are scheduled for August 23 and 24, before the plan is submitted to the state in October.

  • August 23, 2 to 3 pm, Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland
  • August 24, 5:30 to 7 pm, Multnomah County East Building, Sharon Kelley Room, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham

The public hearings follow two months of listening sessions, which drew nearly 500 people from across Multnomah County who shared their thoughts on how to improve the lives of the community’s older adults. 

The listening sessions offered participants an opportunity to provide input on a number of topics, including nutrition services, abuse prevention and behavioral health. The feedback is being used to help the division develop its area plan.

During the listening sessions, attendees were asked what issues were important to them, what was working well and what areas needed more focus.

The nearly 20 sessions, many of which were offered with interpretation and took place at locations across the county, stretched from mid-April through June and drew 474 people and 2,348 comments. Some 68 percent of attendees were non-English speakers and 89 percent were from non-mainstream groups including the LGBT community.

“I think the highlight for me was when a 60-year-old man said that he was still processing the fact that he wasn't alone. He is an HIV positive long-term survivor and had no idea there were so many other people like him in our community.” said Rebecca Miller, a program specialist in ADVSD. “It was life-changing for him to connect to other people who shared that experience of loss and fear and hate. I hope we can help all these isolated people in our area find a community to connect with.”

ADVSD staff is now working with advisory council members to add the community feedback and other insights drawn from the listening sessions into the area plan in advance of the public hearings.

OHSU seeking women with physical disabilities to participate in focus group

Women, aged 18 to 44, are being asked to participate in a focus group about birth control at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Participants will receive a $40 Target gift card for their input.

The focus group will gather to discuss birth control preferences and experiences in a two-hour meeting during September. Reasonable accommodations with be provided with at least one week advance notice.

To sign up or ask questions, please email Jan Campbell at or leave her a message at 503-504-1254.

Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website

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

HLAA-Portland chapter meetings to resume September 19th in NW Portland

The Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter (HLAA-Portland) will resume its regular monthly meetings on September 19 at 6:30 pm. The organization takes a summer break and does not have meetings in June, July or August. The meeting will be conducted in the second floor conference room of Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 NW Marshall.

At its last meeting, on May 16th, the chapter held its annual election of HLAA-Portland Chapter board members. These are the people who plan the monthly meetings and arrange for speakers. There are three new at-large members: Tad Boxell, Judy Cirillo and Jocelyn Cox, bringing the board to a total of seven. The board will operate as a steering committee, sharing responsibility for planning the meeting programs and for leading the meetings. Anne McLaughlin is stepping down from her role as the meeting leader.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome. More information about the organization is available on its website.

18th Annual Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk is set for September 24

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting the 18th Annual Portland and SW Washington Buddy Walk® on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 1:30 pm, to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together many participants from the greater Portland metro area – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk begins in the Rose Quarter Commons’ Main Amphitheater and Center Court. Join other participants for live music and family entertainment, games, bounce houses, auctions, raffles, tasty food and snacks. Hear from amazing self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. 

Sign up at the 2016 Portland Metro/Southwest Washington Buddy Walk website. Those who can’t be there may register as a virtual walker or make a donation in honor of the people in their life who experience Down syndrome.

NWDSA creates and nurtures a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability, including Down syndrome. It empowers and supports families and self-advocates, increases education, promotes public understanding and acceptance, increases competence of parents and professionals, works toward full inclusion, and defends the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Anyone who would like to learn more about NWDSA’s mission and opportunities to get involved, is encouraged to visit NWDSA’s website at

DPEV patrols off-street parking for ADA violators, is seeking volunteers

To ensure that off-street parking spaces assigned for drivers using a disability parking placard are used legally, a group of dedicated volunteers patrol with a mission to maintain access. The Disability Parking Enforcement Volunteer program has been enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), in regards to parking vehicles, for 12 years by educating the public, giving warnings, and issuing citations.

The group was recently featured in the August 5th Portland Tribune newspaper as they seek more volunteers to further the work of protecting access and people with disabilities’ civil rights. The volunteers conducted a recruitment program last year and currently has 16 unpaid volunteers. Since September 2015, the group has logged 2,840 hours in the field, checked 13,802 permits, and written 597 tickets with a total projected bail of $118,890. They currently hope to add eight more people to the program.

This program was founded by retired Portland Police Bureau officers Stan and Clyde Harmon after they lobbied the Oregon Legislature to provide legal status for an off-street parking program. The program works out of the PPB’s Traffic Division at the East Precinct. To learn more about the DPEV, its work and how to become a volunteer, please go to the Portland Tribune’s website

City Auditor seeks input for community survey about ADA accommodation requests

The City of Portland Auditor’s office has an audit underway to assess The City of Portland's response to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The office is looking for 10 individuals with disabilities who are willing to share their experiences about accessing City services, facilities, and/or infrastructure.

Those interested in providing information for the audit may contact Kristine Adams-Wannberg in Audit Services at The participation will involve a 30-minute interview and the participant’s identity will not be disclosed.The office will provide a token of appreciation for the participant’s help.

This is a great opportunity to share direct experiences about interacting with City services. Please note this audit applies only to City services. It does not include Multnomah County or TriMet services.

FACT Oregon conducting a community building workshop on October 4 in Portland

Families experiencing a disability may find out what it means to build community for their child at FACT Oregon’s “Community Building: Creating a Whole Life in Community” event on Tuesday October 4. The free training event is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the East Portland Precinct Bureau, 737 SE 106th Avenue. There is a $25 fee for professionals or others who require a certificate of attendance.

The event will discuss what a “whole life” in community looks like for a child – a life with friends, belonging, and active community participation. In the presentation, the group will explore key concepts and tools for building community, such as:

  • Circle of Friends
  • Community Mapping
  • Plan My Week

Registration is necessary to attend and participate in the event. Visit the FACT’s event registration website to sign up.

FACT Oregon’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families. More information is available on the FACT Oregon 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.