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Disability NEWS – January 4, 2017

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January 4, 2017

In this issue…

  • Applications for 2017 Disability Leadership Academy must be submitted by January 9
  • Auditor seeking input on City Charter safeguards at East Portland January 5th meeting
  • Demonstration of assistive listening devices to be at January HLAA-Portland meeting
  • Meet Business: Clackamas County event for job seekers will be January 18th
  • FACT conducting a January 18 webinar on preparing for child’s adulthood
  • Feedback requested on Title II ADA Transition Plan for accessibility at three event centers
  • UCEDD accepting applications now for 2017 Summer Internship Program
  • Portland Fire & Rescue installing specialized smoke alarms for deaf and people with hearing loss
  • January 28 is date for NWDSA's Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp
  • Free Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop being held from February through March
  • Text to 911 is available for emergency calls in Portland and surrounding counties
  • Free Career Expo for Job Seekers with Disabilities set for February 15 in Salem
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Applications for 2017 Disability Leadership Academy must be submitted by January 9

The City’s Disability Program will open its 2017 Disability Leadership Academy on February 18th and applications are to be submitted by next Monday, January 9th. This is an excellent opportunity for any Portlander with a disability to advance their skills in project planning, building community, navigating political systems, and more.

The Academy includes both training sessions and practical experience. Participants will have the opportunity to design and implement their own Community Engagement Project to affect public policy or create systems change. Individuals who successfully complete the Disability Leadership Academy will receive a stipend.

Anyone interested in applying or finding more information about the academy program, may check out the Disability Program’s webpage. The webpage offers more specific details, a copy of the brochure to download, frequently asked questions with answers, and an application form. Questions about the application process, how to support the academy and other inquiries can be directed to Joanne Johnson, disability program coordinator, by email at She may also be contacted at 503-823-9970.

Auditor seeking input on City Charter safeguards at East Portland January 5th meeting

Please take advantage of the January 5th opportunity to discuss Charter amendments City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero will present to City Council for support. These amendments to City Charter are to protect the Auditor’s ability to hold City government accountable through independent audits and investigations. The public’s input and views will help shape the final proposal that City Council is scheduled to consider later in the month.

The meeting is Thursday, January 5, 2017, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Avenue. This is the meeting that was rescheduled following the cancellation of the December 15 meeting originally due to severe winter weather.

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero will describe organizational structures that create conflicts of interest between her office and executive branch bureaus the Auditor must hold accountable. Other jurisdictions have structures designed to protect auditors and investigators from impediments or reprisal for simply doing their jobs. The Auditor believes Portland should adopt changes to ensure the Auditor’s Office is able to meet the public’s expectations for transparent and accountable government.

If translation services or other accommodations are needed, please call (503) 823-4082 or email requests to Andrew Bryans so they can be arranged. Further details are also available on the Auditor’s calendar of events.

Demonstration of assistive listening devices to be at January HLAA-Portland meeting

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Portland) will hold its January 2017 meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 16, at Good Samaritan Hospital. The meeting is in second floor conference room in Good Sam’s Building 2, 1040 N.W. 22nd Avenue.

The guest speaker is Audiologist Evonne Serpa, Au.D., who owns the Hearing Resources Audiology Center in Portland’s Hollywood District. Dr. Serpa will demonstrate an assortment of assistive listening devices and other tools to help people with hearing loss.  

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).

"Meet Business: Clackamas County" event for jobseekers will be January 18th

Clackamas County is inviting job seekers with disabilities to come and learn about its career opportunities at a “Meet Business” event on January 18. Clackamas County is currently hiring for a wide range of positions in areas such as healthcare, social service, admin/clerical, finance/accounting, engineering, and possibly more!

Job seekers who feel they would be good in one of these types of positions or would just like to learn more about career opportunities with Clackamas County, are invited to attend this event being held by Incight in partnership with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be at the County’s Red Soils Campus Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

Further details about transportation options, accommodation, contact information and other event information are available on the event website.

FACT conducting a January 18 webinar on preparing for child’s adulthood 

"Launch: Preparing for the Transition into Adulthood" is the focus of FACT’s webinar on January 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents raising a child or teen experiencing disability and who are curious what school, employment, community, and formal services might look like as their child grows up are invited to join in the online session.

Families can join FACT to hear all about the transition to adulthood for children and teens experiencing disability. This is an important online learning opportunity to hear about:

  • Self-determination
  • Adult services
  • The importance of vision for the future
  • Developing the transition components of the Individual Education Program (IEP)
  • Guardianship and other options

The webinar is free to families and caregivers and $25 for professionals or those who need a certificate of attendance. Registration is available online at the event website. After registering, participants will receive an email with details on how to log in and access the seminar.

Feedback requested on Title II ADA Transition Plan for accessibility at three event centers

Public comments are currently being collected regarding a Title II Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to address potential barriers to accessibility at three performing arts facilities owned by the City of Portland. There will be a public open house on January 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. with a plan overview at 5 p.m. in the Brunish Theatre inside Antoinette Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway Avenue. Portlanders are asked to view the draft plan at the open house or online, then make comments that will be used to inform the final plan.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts - the Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Antoinette Hatfield Hall, are operated by Portland’5 in accordance with an agreement with Metro under the authority of the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission. As owner, the City has developed a Title II ADA Transition Plan to address potential barriers to accessibility at the Portland’5 facilities. Learn what it will take to remove identified potential barriers in the facilities and provide comments on the plan.

Please view the Draft Transition Plan online, by attending the public open house, or at either the Office of Equity and Human Rights, 421 S.W. 6th Avenue, Suite 500; Multnomah Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue, or the Antoinette Hatfield Hall’s Box Office, 1111 S.W. Broadway Avenue. Feedback is made on an online form or by downloading a comment form to send by January 31, 2017 by either postal mail or email. The forms and further information are available on the City’s Office of Management and Finance website. For more information, please contact Karl Lisle: or 503-823-5876. 

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, and additional information, contact 503-823-5876, use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

UCEDD accepting applications now for 2017 Summer Internship Program

Applicants can now apply for the 2017 University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Summer Internship Program at Oregon Health and Science University. The application period will close February 1, 2017.

Held every summer, the UCEDD Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care. Interns will receive training on disability theory, practice, and advocacy, as well as support and guidance in career planning and networking.

Interns will work 10 to 20 hours per week on a project at one of the Institute on Development and Disability units, gaining experience in research, education, training, and dissemination. After developing their own personal goals for the internship, interns will participate in activities that align with their career interests such as informational interviews, clinical shadowing, Grand Rounds, and other OHSU activities. Interns will also participate in group tours and field trips to OHSU labs, clinics, and facilities.

This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, specifically with a focus on disability. The UCEDD Summer Internship Program is a paid opportunity and runs June 12 through August 4, 2017.

Further information about UCEDD’s Summer Internship Program and instructions on how to apply are available on the program’s website.

Portland Fire & Rescue installing smoke alarms for deaf and people with hearing loss

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to install free specialized smoke alarms in the homes of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These smoke alarms that flash, shake and wake work with standard smoke alarms to alert individuals to the presence of fire or carbon monoxide. 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 available at Flash Shake Awake website. The website also offers additional information about how the program works, a guide to the program and a press release. For questions regarding the program or to have help filling out an application, contact PF&R by calling 503-823-3752.

January 28 is the date for NWDSA’s Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp

“Getting Ready for the Big Day” is Northwest Down Syndrome Association’s (NWDSA) free kindergarten transition workshop designed for families of young children with developmental disabilities. The workshop will be Saturday, January 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MESD Auditorium, 11611 N.E. Ainsworth Circle.

Moving from early childhood to the school years is exciting and can be confusing without tools and mentors to help navigate this transition. Participants are invited to bring their parental expertise and dreams to join with coordinators and guest speakers who want to help parents along the path of this exciting adventure. This interactive and best practices driven training covers information about the law and child’s rights, classroom tools and supports, IEP goal writing to support inclusion, communication tips from parents and more.

To learn more about the speakers, providers, registration and other important information, please click on the NWDSA weblink. This event is presented Northwest Down Syndrome Association, All Born (In), Disability Right Oregon, and the Parent Coalition of Clark County.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop being held from February through March

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health, Inclusion Inc. and the Oregon Health Authority are sponsoring a free Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop for people with disabilities and their care providers. The workshop will be held at Inclusion Inc. in southeast Portland at 50 S.E. 18th Avenue on Thursdays, February 16 to March 9, 2017, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to learn new ways to help deal with issues caused by many chronic conditions. The workshop helps participants:

  • Deal with depression
  • Eat more nutritiously
  • Control pain
  • Fight fatigue and frustration
  • Manage stress and relax
  • Solve problems
  • Communicate better with health providers and family members
  • Meet personal goals
  • Start an exercise program

There is no cost for the session and lunch is provided. Adult foster home providers can receive credit for attending. Registration is required by January 25, 2017. Call Inclusion Inc. at 503-232-2289 to register.

Text to 911 is available for emergency calls in Portland and surrounding counties

Communicating with 911 by texting is now available in Portland and other local communities. The Text to 911 system is for those who are deaf, have hearing loss, or find themselves in a situation in which speaking on the phone would put them in danger. The system is online in Portland and in Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Washington counties.

A user’s wireless carrier sends the text messages to a “Text Control Center” which then forwards them to local 911 centers. The 911 centers receive the information via an internet-based application. If, for some reason, the internet is down, the user will receive a message telling them that text-to-911 is currently not available in their area.

To use text-to-911 in an emergency, simply open up the text messaging screen, enter “911” (with no dashes or spaces) in the “TO” field, type the message, and hit “SEND”. Do NOT send the message to multiple people in a group text, because this will stop the message from reaching the 911 dispatcher. It’s very important that always include a location to provide to 911 dispatch. 

Further information about the new Text to 911 system that is available at website.

Free Career Expo for Job Seekers with Disabilities set for February 15 in Salem

Incight is conducting a free February 15th career expo in Salem for job seekers with disabilities, employment specialists, transition students and teachers. This will be an opportunity to meet dozens of local employers, have a resume reviewed by actual recruiters and connect with local resources in Salem’s Winema Events Center, 4001 Winema Place N.E. on the second floor from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the career expo, there will be several workshops to help job seekers improve their job search. Offered will be:

  • Networking 101 Workshop from 9 to 10 a.m. to provide information on how to make the most of the expo experience and have lifelong networking skills.
  • Resume Review session from 10:30 a.m. to noon. that offers the opportunity to have a resume reviewed by real employers.
  • A two-hour workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Student Central is geared for high school and transition-aged students to learn about applying for jobs, building a job-ready portfolio, speaking with employers, and more.

Please click the Eventbrite link to register for the event and workshops, learn more about the event, transportation information and requesting accommodations.

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.