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Disability NEWS – September 21, 2016

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September 21, 2016 

In this issue…

  • “Born This Way’s” Meagan Bomgaars is guest keynote speaker at NWDSA Buddy Walk
  • Making a Difference Awards nominations are open for 2016 Spirit of Portland event
  • Public input sought for Oregon Department of Transportation ADA Transition Plan
  • City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 12
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • FACT Oregon conducting a community building workshop on October 4 in Portland
  • Numerous Portland employment events being held by Incight for jobseekers
  • OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 22
  • 8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

“Born This Way’s” Meagan Bomgaars is guest keynote speaker at NWDSA Buddy Walk

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) has announced that Meagan Bomgaars is the special guest and keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Portland and SW Washington Buddy Walk® on Saturday, September 2nd. The event is from 10 am to 1:30 pm with Meagan speaking around 11 am. 

Meagan is a young woman with big dreams and great talent who refuses to be limited by others. Her artistry reflects her own unmistakable style which led to her being discovered by producers of the A&E Docu-series “Born This Way and being invited as one of the original cast members. The Emmy-nominated show follows the lives of seven individuals experiencing Down syndrome and has entered its second season. She will spend the day sharing her story, be available for photos, and celebrate a loving and inclusive community with all the event participants.

The annual 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.

Making a Difference Award nominations are open for 2016 Spirit of Portland event

The Making a Difference Award is made to an individual or an organization who goes above and beyond the norm to make Portland more inclusive for persons with disabilities in the city. The award is in the Outstanding Individual or Organization of the Year category in the City Council’s 2016 Spirit of Portland Awards. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony to be held November 17 from 6 to 8 pm.

Anyone wishing to honor an individual or group needs to complete the nomination form and submit it with a one to two page narrative describing how the nominee exemplifies the category by Monday, September 26. The forms may be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement in City Hall or by emailing a digital copy to The documents may also be faxed to 503-823-2909.

For further information, visit the 2016 Spirit of Portland website where there are links to the nomination forms in several languages. Questions may be directed to Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093 or

Public input sought for Oregon Department of Transportation ADA Transition Plan

The public is invited to review and provide feedback on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) draft Americans with Disabilities Title II Transition Plan. The Transition Plan serves to ensure that the department creates an accessible transportation system for people with disabilities and that it provides facilities (buildings, structures, etc.) that are accessible to all. This includes the installation and repair of curb ramps on ODOT roads.

The document is available for download at ODOT’s website. Feedback is invited via any of these methods:

  • E-mail comments to
  • Mail comments to ODOT ADA Title II Coordinator, ODOT Office of Civil Rights – MS 31, 355 Capitol St. NE, Salem OR 97301.
  • Call with comments, toll-free (855) 540-6655. For TTY, use 7-1-1 relay service and ask to connect to (855) 540-6655.

Comments will be accepted until Oct. 14, 2016. Contact the ODOT office of Civil Rights at (503) 986-4350 or statewide relay 7-1-1 for a printed copy of the draft plan or to get the plan in an alternate format.

City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 12th

An informational and networking event introducing job seekers with disabilities to City of Portland career opportunities will be Wednesday, October 12, on the Portland Building’s second floor from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The City, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), is providing panel discussions, workshops and presentations from over 20 of its bureaus.

Participants may network one on one with recruiting representatives, learn how to find jobs which suit their interests and how to be successful in the application process. The opening welcome and panel discussions will be from 9 to 11:30 am with booths open for networking with City bureau staff from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Job Application and Networking Tips (How to Network) workshops will be held from 11:35 am to 1:30 pm.

To register for the event, please go to the event’s website. Accommodation requests may be made by email Kali Giaritta at her email address or calling 971-244-0305.

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.

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.

Numerous Portland employment events being held by Incight for job seekers

To help job seekers highlight and showcase their abilities, Incight is hosting several job events in the Portland area during September and October. Jobseekers with disabilities may participate in a FedEx Package Handler Hiring Event on September 27, a How to Apply for U.S. Forest Service Openings on September 29, and for a Live Resume for Customer Service Positions on October 10.

  • FedEx is seeking dozens of part-time package handlers for their Portland location and will be opening doors to job seekers with disabilities on Tuesday, September 27th. Join FedEx and Incight at the FedEx Package Handler Hiring Event to learn more about this opportunity and to apply right on the spot. Pre-registration is critical for this event because it is at a Troutdale center and the company will be providing identification badges for participants. Please go to the event website for further information and registration.
  • The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation are hosting the free How to Apply for U.S. Forest Service event in Incight’s 8th Floor Conference Room on Thursday, September 29th, from 1 to 3 pm. The office is in Columbia Square, 111 SW Columbia Street in downtown Portland. Jeanna Ramos, equal employment officer for the USFS, will present invaluable, in-depth information on who the USFS is and what they do, how to efficiently search for government jobs, successful navigation of the application process (including examples), the importance of a targeted resume, special "Hiring Authorities" just for job seekers with disabilities, internships and recent graduate opportunities and much more. Space is limited, so visit the event website for more information and registration.
  • The Live Resume for Customer Service event will be Monday, October 10th, from 10 am to 12:30 pm with a practice session scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, from 9:30 am to noon. This event is an excellent and unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. During the main event, every participant will have up to three minutes to verbally present their “Live Resume” to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to fill customer service positions within their organization. After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session, where they work on their "Live Resume" pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. To learn more and sign up for the event, please click this link.

Anyone with questions about any of the events, registration, or accommodation is invited to call 971-244-0306 or email Kali at

OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 22

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) invites the community to participate in the 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival 5K, 1K, and Kids' Dash on Sunday, October 22, in downtown Portland. Besides the races, there is the Harvest Hustle Festival with delicious food, live music, crafts and giveaways.

The route this year is new and completely completely accessible, located on public transportation lines, with the races going across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. All the work is in close conjunction with Child Development & Rehabilitation Center’s clinical operations. The Harvest Hustle is the annual fundraiser for IDD and all proceeds will support:

  • Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism
  • Camp More: An overnight summer camp for teens who stutter 
  • Go Baby Go: Providing mobility devices (modified electric cars) for kids with mobility concerns
  • Hearing Aid Lending Library: Providing hearing aids as loaner items for families who need to test out new devices

Families throughout the region turn to the IDD for care, compassion, and resources for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities or special health needs. In addition to clinical service, the IDD actively participates in research, public health/community outreach, and education/training to continuously improve knowledge and practice while working with patients and families in the hospital, in outpatient clinics, or in the patient’s home.

Last year there were nearly 800 participants with event organizers hoping for a bigger turnout this year. It will be a great time for competitive athletes, families, advocates, and those who wish to participate in a community event that will have a lasting impact on thousands of adolescents with disabilities.

To learn more, visit the event website at or contact Melissa Mullineaux at or 503-494-6337.

8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront

The annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) is scheduled for October 26 from 6 to 9 pm in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Avenue in Portland’s South Waterfront. Night for Networking is a comfortable yet focused event that brings job-seekers with disabilities together with employers for an evening of networking. This successful event provides a forum for talented job-seekers with disabilities to meet and network with employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity.

Participants include job-seekers, recruiters, sponsors, volunteers, community affiliates, job-coaches, interpreters and other supporters. Attendance at last year's event included over 400 attendees and 40 sponsors.

Additional Night for Networking information, including registration, is available on the event’s website. An event and sponsorship flyer is also available for downloading there, as well as sponsorship information.

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.