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Disability NEWS – November 16, 2016

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November 16, 2016

In this issue…

  • DRO wins award for accessible transportation advocacy and action
  • PPB program recruiting volunteers to become self-defense instructors
  • ONI conducting annual Legislative Advocacy 101 session on December 1st
  • NWDSA’s Angela Jarvis-Holland to receive Making a Difference award December 13
  • Voting survey for all voters with disabilities is now available to identify voting barriers
  • HLAA-Portland chapter meeting is November 21st in NW Portland
  • NIDILRR Seeking Comments on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility
  • Portland Commission on Disability November meeting to be November 18th
  • FACT-Oregon conducting survey for future planning and advocacy
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DRO wins award for accessible transportation advocacy and action

Oregon Walks, a pedestrian advocacy group, has chosen Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) to receive a 2016 Weston Award as a result of DRO’s advocacy for safer streets and accessible sidewalks. The Weston Awards celebrate individuals and organizations that make communities more livable and more walkable.

DRO invites everyone to join its staff and advocates for safe, accessible streets at the Weston Awards on Friday, December 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the The Treasury Ballroom, 326 SW Broadway Street. More information about the Weston Awards is available on the event website.

The Weston Award is in recognition of DRO’s work with the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living (AOCIL) and eight individuals throughout the state in filing a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Transportation over inaccessible sidewalks, curb ramps, and pedestrian signals on ODOT-managed highways.

DRO, AOCIL, and ODOT have recently announced a proposed Settlement Agreement which will get work started quickly to bring more than 10,000 curb ramps and pedestrian signals into compliance with current federal law. The proposed Agreement also gives advocates for safer streets a tool with which to report unsafe curb ramps and request audible signals.

PPB program recruiting volunteers to become self-defense instructors

The Portland Police Bureau is looking to garner volunteer support for its WomenStrength and GirlStrength Programs. The PPB is currently recruiting volunteers to teach violence prevention skills to women and girls. 

WomenStrength and GirlStrength have a 37 -ear history of success and have trained over 115,000 women and girls in the Portland area. Its violence prevention instructors change and save lives. The volunteer instructor training is trauma-informed, engaging, and comprehensive; taught by professionals in the field of violence prevention. Upon completion, instructors have the skills and knowledge necessary to help women and girls be leaders in non-violence. Program information may be found on the program website.

The GirlStrength and WomenStrength instructor training will be held from February 4 to March 22 next year. It will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The application deadline is January 1, 2017. More information on the training is available on the PPB website.

No experience is necessary and women of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Both programs are open to any person who identifies as a woman.

ONI offering Legislative Advocacy 101 session on December 1st

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is offering a Legislative Advocacy 101 session on Thursday, December 1, from 6 to 8:45 pm at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont Street. The event will provide community members with tips on how to be an effective advocate for their community or neighborhood. There will be a legislative advocacy panel until 7:35 pm that will be followed by a legislative agenda community forum.

A panel of elected officials and community advocates will share their advice and answer questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state and federal levels. The panel will consist of: 

  • Karmen Fore, Transportation and Sustainable Communities & Transportation Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Brown 
  • State Representative Lew Frederick from House District 43 
  • Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa and Fair Shot Coalition member 
  • State Representative Carla Piluso from House District 50 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to work effectively with legislators and their staff
  • Strategies for mobilizing their membership base or coalitions to maximize advocacy impact
  • Lobbying do’s and don’ts

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will hold the legislative community forum where participants may provide their input for the City’s state legislative agenda. This interactive engagement with the commissioner is an opportunity to:

  • Hear an overview and explanation of the City’s draft legislative priorities 
  • Discuss the issues your community is facing and what issues would you like to 
  • see advanced by the legislature.

*Participate in a group exercise to identify community and neighborhood priorities. 
ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please notify ONI by Tuesday, November 22, concerning accommodation.
For more information, download the event flyer or contact Marco Mejia by phone at 503-823-3093 or emailing The ONI online calendar of events and the event’s page also offer information about this event.

NWDSA’s Angela Jarvis-Holland to receive Making a Difference award December 13

Angela Jarvis-Holland of the Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) will be recognized for her outstanding work in the disability community as the 2016 recipient of the Making a Difference award at the December 13th Spirit of Portland Awards. The 32nd annual event will be at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Angela is the executive director of NWDSA, whose mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability including Down syndrome. She seeks to create positive change through community mobilizations and awareness work. NWDSA conducts numerous workshops, meetings, activities and events in the community.

The mayor and commissioners of the City of Portland invite everyone to join them as they recognize and celebrate the winners of the Spirit of Portland Awards. City Council presents Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and groups who make outstanding contributions to the community and has more information available on its website.

For information, including a request for accommodation, please contact Marco Mejia at 503 823-3093 or by emailing him at

Survey is now available for voters with disabilities to identify voting barriers

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered and partners across the country are asking for voters with disabilities to tell about their experiences when they voted. Please help the advocates learn about any barriers experienced so that they can work to improve the accessibility of elections by visiting the link at Survey Monkey. The goal is to collect 100 responses in Oregon.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed to make sure everyone in this country could cast a private and independent vote. Now, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered wants to make sure the law is working. Please help by completing this survey.

Just as it is important to know that YOUR VOTE COUNTS, it’s necessary to know that everyone has the accessibility they need to MAKE IT COUNT. If you voted and have a disability, please respond to the survey.

HLAA-Portland chapter meeting is November 21st in NW Portland

The Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter (HLAA-Portland) is conducting its monthly meeting on November 21 at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will be in the second floor conference room of Good Samaritan Building 2, 2040 NW Marshall.

Besides reports and general discussion about hearing loss, there will be a demonstration by Glenn Johnson, CapTel representative and new HLAA-Portland board member. He'll show phones that caption incoming calls, also demonstrating them in actual use, making and captioning calls. (This November presentation is being offered instead of the originally-scheduled Dogs for the Deaf). More information about CapTel and its services is available on the organization’s website.

Oregon residents may be eligible to receive a CapTel phone free of charge through the Oregon Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP), which provides equipment to qualified individuals who have difficulty hearing over the phone. 

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. The Portland chapter is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere for persons with hearing loss to meet other hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. The chapter meetings are real-time captioned and are equipped with a loop system (usable by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils).

NIDILRR is seeking input on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility

The Department of Health & Human Services’ National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is conducting a series of regional, public comment listening sessions to inform the development of their 2018-2023 Long-Range Plan. There are still opportunities to participate in-person, by conference line attendance, and through email submissions.

NIDILRR is holding three-hour public meetings in Boston on November 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Dallas on December 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The times provided previously are Pacific Time. Participants can attend in person, listen by phone or provide comments by email.

Given that none of the meetings are nearby, those local people who wish to participate may provide comments and input by either phone participation or email.

For attendance by phone, participants may call 866-952-7534 on the day and time of the meeting, then enter the numbers 78632 for the pass code. Comments may be provided by phone and callers may join in the discussion. The phone line will be managed by an operator who will welcome participants to the meeting and let them know when it is time to provide their comments or participate in the discussion. People who need to participate by CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service, need to check the box on the registration page. A web-link to the real-time CART transcript will be emailed prior to the meeting date.

NIDILRR will accept written comments via email at  Please submit comments by December 12, 2016.

Registration is only required for those who plan to attend in person or listen by phone. Register online by clicking this link. Registration is available by fax at 703-356-8314 or by phone at 703-356-8035 ext. 105. For questions or assistance with registration, contact Robin Toliver, New Editions Consulting, Inc., 703-356-8035 ext. 10.

Portland Commission on Disability November meeting to be November 18th

In observance of Veterans Day on November 11, the Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) will meet on Friday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Bridge & Steel Rooms at the Office of Equity & Human Rights in the Commonwealth Building, 421 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 500. Further information about PCOD may be found on the Office of Equity & Human Rights website.

FACT-Oregon conducting survey for future planning and advocacy

FACT-Oregon wants to hear from its families, friends and community partners by inviting them to participate in a survey about their interactions with FACT’s activities, information and support. The goal is to share this information with Oregon legislators and policymakers to inform them why FACT’s work is important to the community.

Families and friends are requested to participate in the family survey here and select “FACT” as the family network if they are residents in Lincoln, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, Washington, Multnomah, or Clackamas Counties.

The Community Partner Survey is for partners who work in any of the aforementioned counties and have interacted with FACT. As in the family and friends survey, please be sure to select “FACT” in the network selection question.

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 downloading in an e-publication format for reading on a tablet, smart phone, digital reader or computer.