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Disability NEWS – February 1, 2017

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February 1, 2017

In this issue…

  • NWDSA’s “A Father’s Panel” offers experiences and info on raising a child with a disability
  • Deadline is February 6th to apply for a Peerpocalypse 2017 scholarship
  • Oregon Spinal Cord Injury hosting forum on complexities of CRT equipment February 9
  • 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
  • FACT’s Spring Dream Builders Alliance assists parents to plan for their child’s future
  • Oregon Deaf-Blind Services Task Force’s winter event is February 25
  • Incight’s Meet Business event features Lowe’s Home Improvement on February 28
  • NWDSA conducting its 12th cross-disability All Born (In) Conference on March 18th
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

“A Father’s Panel” offers experiences and info on raising a child with a disability

The Northwest Downs Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is offering “A Father’s Panel” event on Saturday, February 4, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 S.E. 80th Avenue. This is an interactive session led by a panel of fathers who will discuss accepting, nurturing, educating and supporting a child with a developmental disability. 

The fathers, whose children range from 28 to three years old, are offering a safe and honest conversation about individual experiences, disability nuts and bolts, expectations, relationship maintenance, stereotypes, and more. This is a free-wheeling discussion that will provide time for questions and answers. 

“A Father’s Panel” is designed for parents and guardians of children from age 0 to 5 with a disability and the professionals who support them. Panelists include: Michael Bailey, Randy Anderson, Steven Holland, Kristian Burch, Craig Holzweissig, and Diego Conde.

The event is free, cross-disability and new families are always welcome to attend. Spanish translation is available with snacks and lunch provided. Childcare is offered and an RSVP is required. Interested attendees may RSVP on NWDSA’s event website or call 503-238-0522.

NWDSA is providing this event as part of its Reciprocal Learning Community program (RLC). The RLC is a network of families, educators and health professionals who come together to help parents of children with Down syndrome and other disabilities become informed, empowered experts on their children’s development and wellness. The program was developed in 2003 as a response to drastic cuts in Early Intervention services as a way to help parents educate themselves to become strong advocates for their children. Learn more about the RLC and NWDSA on the organization’s website.

Deadline is February 6th to apply for a Peerpocalypse 2017 scholarship

The Oregon Health Authority and the Office of Consumer Activities is offering 30 Peerpocalypse 2017 scholarships to Oregon peers. Mental Health Association of Oregon will host Peerpocalypse 2017 in Seaside OR, April 24 through 26. A minimum of six of the 30 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who are from cultural minority groups in response to a recommendation made by the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council (OCAC) to the Oregon Health Authority. Scholarships will cover all costs related to conference attendance, including event registration, connecting travel, hotel and tax, transportation, and per diem for meals not provided by the Conference. 

For the purpose of this announcement and application, a peer is a person who is receiving or has received public mental health services for a mental health condition or a dual diagnosed (mental health and substance use) condition or the parent of a similarly qualifying youth under 18 years of age. 

Peerpocalypse is the only Oregon mental health conference organized by and for mental health peers (consumers/survivors). The Peerpocalypse Conference offers the newest and best information about peer recovery approaches. To learn more about this year’s conference, visit the official website: 

The Office of Consumer Activities invites mental health consumers and peers who live in Oregon to apply. A review panel will score applications based on a scoring guide listing specific grading standards. This scoring guide is included with the application. Referring to the scoring guide when answering scholarship questions will help you answer the questions better. 

Scholarship applications are due no later than Monday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. Further information is available by emailing (include Peerpocalypse in the subject line) or faxing Michael Hlebechuk at 503-947-2341.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury hosting a forum on complexities of CRT equipment February 9

The Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection hosts an educational forum and discussion at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) to explore the complexities that make it difficult to get the complex rehab technology (CRT) equipment necessary to live one’s life. The event will be Thursday, February 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 500 at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 N.W. 22nd Avenue.

W.B. Mick, area manager for Numotion, and Susan Klaumann, PT seating expert, will speak from their experience, listen and offer feedback.

Health insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with and pay for specialized durable medical equipment like Tilite manual chairs or Permobil power chairs and related accessories. This is truly frustrating for users and may become even more difficult with the rollback of the Affordable Care Act, especially for people who depend on reliable wheelchairs.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection hosts an educational forum and discussion at RIO the second Thursday of every other month. For more information about the organization, please visit their 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. Workshops being offered are:

  • 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. 

FACT’s Spring Dream Builders Alliance assists parents to plan for their child’s future

FACT Oregon is providing parents of a child with a disability a collaborative program to provide empowerment, education, community, and transition opportunities for the child’s transition into adulthood. The Spring 2017 Dream Builders Alliance is a free collaborative program provided by Community Vision and FACT Oregon to serve youth aged 16 to 21 and their families. 

Each young adult is matched 1-on-1 with a mentor, focusing on community inclusion, empowerment, and goal exploration. The mentor commitment includes meeting once a week for six months. The youth can build valuable skills and relationships with mentors.

Parents and family members are enrolled in education sessions that cover available resources/services and when/how to access them. Limited spaces are available. 

More information is available by contacting Rachel Eaton, program coordinator, at by email or calling 503-292-4964, extension 125. Registration may also be done online [].

Oregon Deaf-Blind Services Task Force’s winter event is February 25

The Oregon Deaf-Blind Services Task Force is presenting its 2017 Deaf-Blind Winter Event at the Oregon Commission for the Blind on Saturday, February 25, from noon to 3:30 p.m. The Commission’s office is at 535 S.E. 12th Avenue in Portland. 

There will a social time to meet and share with Deaf-Blind peers with light refreshments to be provided. Dr. Denise Hacket, assistant professor at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, will discuss the report to the state goverment about the service needs of Deaf-Blind, Deaf and hard of hearing persons. Discussion is planned to focus on where do we Deaf-Blind go from here?

An RSVP is requested by February 11 to determine who will attend and what accommodation needs are necessary, i.e. visual or tactile ASL, FM, sighted guide, etc. 

To register or obtain more information, contact: Mitch Turbin at 503-618-0207 (voice only), 503-679-9303 (text only) or use 711 (relay) Other contacts are Terry Blosser at 1-503-405-4620 (VP) and Heather Schoenwald by email at

Incight’s "Meet Business" event features Lowe’s Home Improvement on February 28

Incight is offering job seekers with disabilities an opportunity to learn about career opportunities at its “Meet Business: Lowe’s Home Improvement” event on Tuesday, February 28, in Tigard. Lowe's is inviting job seekers with disabilities to come and learn more about career opportunities in the Portland Metro Area. 

Lowe’s is currently hiring for several positions and looking for candidates with an interest in retail/customer service, stocking, warehouse, or delivery work and, of course, they love meeting candidates who enjoy home improvement projects. Any job seeker who feels they would be good in one of these types of positions, is invited to attend the event.

After meeting at 10 a.m., Lowe’s will share a tour of the business and conduct a round-table discussion where job seekers can:

  • Learn more about career opportunities with Lowe's
  • Find out what hiring managers are looking for
  • Get tips on how to create a strong application
  • Have questions answered by an HR Manager

This free event is open to job seekers and their employment support staff, but space is limited so sign up today. To sign up or ask any questions, please contact Kali at 971-244-0305 or email her at Also contact her to request accommodation. Registration is also available on the Eventbrite website.

NWDSA conducting its 12th cross-disability All Born (In) Conference on March 18th

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is conducting its 12th annual All Born (In) Cross-Disability Best Practices Inclusion Conference on Saturday, March 18, at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. The conference is from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and offers an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community.

Come to celebrate and learn how Universal Design for Learning and Best Practices can be used to reach and teach every child. Share, learn and make connections so that participants can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that their children are all born “in”.

There will be over 30 presentations for ages from birth through adulthood available to attendees. The conference also features four sessions, keynote speakers, musical entertainment, an art sale and much more. 

More information about the cross-disability conference is available on the event website.  For more information, contact Angela Frome by emailing or calling 503-238-0522. Limited scholarships may be available.

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.