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Disability NEWS – January 18, 2017

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January 18, 2017

In this issue…

  • Feedback requested on Title II ADA Transition Plan for event centers accessibility
  • Free Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop being held from February through March
  • Assistive Technology for children and young adults to be featured at free event January 26th
  • “Meet Portland's Tech Industry!” is a job connection event for job seekers with disabilities
  • UCEDD accepting applications now for 2017 Summer Internship Program
  • Facts of Life are focus for two February 2nd workshops at McMenamin’s Kennedy School
  • City of Portland holding a course for how to apply for city jobs on February 2nd
  • OHSU studying depression in men with disabilities for program development
  • “Live Resume” for networking with local employers will be February 9th at NW Natural
  • Hearing Loss Association of America’s February meeting to feature progress in captioning
  • Free Career Expo for Job Seekers with Disabilities set for February 15 in Salem
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

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

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.

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. 

Assistive Technology for children and young adults to be featured at free event

Join FACT for a night of mini-presentations from parents and young adults who experience disability on Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Assistive Technology Tools for Living, Learning, Working and Playing” is a free event at the Shriner’s Hospital Auditorium, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road. 

The presenters will share how they have utilized assistive technology in areas including: augmentative communication, behavior, education, emotional regulation, and independence. Come meet parents, see assistive technology in action, hear stories, and explore different devices that might work for a child or a young adult in the family. Resource tables will be in place before and after the event to provide a hands-on experience.

There will be discussions how assistive technology:

  • Be low-tech, mid-tech and high tech
  • Can be used in different environments like home, school and the community
  • Can help individuals live empowered lives

Free parking in the Shriner’s parking garage is also available for those who register. Visit the event website to register and learn more about this event.

“Meet Portland's Tech Industry!” is a job connection event for job seekers with disabilities

New Relic, an international software company, will be joined by other Portland area tech companies for a first-of-its-kind job-connection event. Job seekers with disabilities, vocational counselors, and support staff will receive an in-depth and informational introduction by the attending organizations, along with career opportunities within each.

“Meet Portland’s Tech Industry!” is Tuesday, January 31, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., on the 27th floor in the U.S. Bancorp Building, 111 S.W. 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. 

During the first hour, representatives from each organization will take part in an organized panel-style Q&A session. The second hour of the event provides attendees the unique opportunity to network, one-on-one, with the recruiters and hiring managers from each company. Participating organizations currently include: New Relic, Puppet Labs and Jama Software. 

This event is open to job seekers with disabilities, Vocational Counselors, and employment support staff, and is free to attend. There is a maximum number of attendees allowed, so all interested participants should sign up today. Please visit the eventbrite website to learn more and register. Incight and the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Office are supporting the event.

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.

The Facts of Life will be the focus for two workshops on February 2nd

FACT-Oregon is holding a workshop that will have an open discussion about sexuality across the lifespan with Leslie Walker-Hirsch, IMED, FAAIDD. Walker-Hirsh is a national speaker, author of “The Facts of Life …and More,” and co-creator of the Circles Curriculum Series.

Parents of children and youth experiencing disability, along with professionals, are invited to join the open discussion. Two sessions will be held on Thursday, February 2, at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue. A six-hour session with four training segments is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a two-hour session with two training segments is from 6 to 8 p.m. Professional development units are available for both workshops.

For more information, please visit FACT’s Oregon Training and Events page where the two workshops are listed in the calendar. Links for both workshops may be found there. Due to the nature of the topic, children are not permitted at these workshops.

City of Portland holding a course for how to apply for City jobs on February 2nd

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is conducting a course entitled “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” on Tuesday, February 7, in Room HR-1, on the Portland Building’s second floor, 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue. The class being held from noon to 1 p.m. is for the public and all city employees who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the City’s job application process.

Course participants will gain an understanding of the City’s online application process. Participants will learn about differences between employment with the City versus private sector, the steps of how to apply by creating an account with NEOGOV, reviewing job announcements, submitting application materials, application communication, and interviewing types. 

For more information, contact Loan Tran by emailing Anyone needing an ADA accommodation to participate in City-sponsored training, should contact the Bureau of Human Resources no less than five (5) days prior to the date of the event by contacting 503-823-6846 or TTY 503-823-6868; or emailing BHR Training and Workforce Development with ADA Accommodation Request noted in the subject line.

OHSU studying depression in men with disabilities for program development

The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), in collaboration with HASL Independent Abilities Center is conducting a study to gather information to inform development of a program designed to meet the specific needs of men with physical disabilities. Men with a physical disability are being asked to participate and share their experiences.

Dr. Dena Hassouneh is leading the study where men who choose to participate will be asked to have an interview to share their thoughts and experiences. It will be audiotaped for transcription, but all identifying information will be removed from interview data to maintain confidentiality. Participants will be paid $25 for taking part in the study. 

Anyone interest in participating is asked to please call Dr. Hassouneh at 503-494-2714. She may also be contacted by email at

“Live Resume” for networking with local employers will be February 9th at NW Natural

Live Resume is an excellent and unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. Incight has announced that from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, will be the next “Live Resume” event with a practice session set for Wednesday, February 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. for participants. Both the event and the practice session are held in downtown Portland.

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 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 presentation and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. 

Job-ready individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from at least 20 organizations. There are only 20 spots available to job seekers and Incight encourages all skill levels to apply. Further details - including how to apply, requesting accommodation and contact information - are available on Incight’s website.

Hearing Loss Association of America’s February meeting to feature progress in captioning

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Portland) will hold its February 2017 meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20, at Good Samaritan Hospital. The meeting is in Wistar Morris Conference Room in the Main Hospital Building (please note building and room change) at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Ave at Marshall Street.

In recognition of National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, guest speaker Carol Studenmund from LNS Captioning will talk about progress in captioning on television, at live events, and elsewhere Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome to attend.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. 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).

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.