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Disability NEWS – March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

In this issue…

  • PBOT seeks input for City of Portland Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project
  • NWDSA conducting its 12th cross-disability All Born (In) Conference on March 18th
  • FACT Oregon offering two webinars in March for families experiencing disability
  • ABLE savings plans are now available in Oregon
  • World Down Syndrome Day 2017 Celebration is March 21 in northeast Portland
  • Persons with hearing loss asked to offer their workplace experiences for research
  • Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8
  • May 11th Career Expo offers chance to meet employers, talk about skills
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

PBOT seeks input for City of Portland Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project

A pilot project to increase access to adaptive bicycling is being developed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). The pilot program is being planned for launch in late spring to early summer of 2017. It will be further developed with the help of community stakeholders in the winter and spring.

The project will be to provide for the rental of adaptive bicycles as part of the recently launched BIKETOWN bike share program. The pilot project concept is focused on bicycle rentals (one to three hours) for people with disabilities and those who are not comfortable using traditional, two-wheeled BIKETOWN bicycles. Types of adaptive bicycles include hand cycles, three-wheeled trikes and side-by-side tandems, which are all currently being considered for the pilot project.

To help in developing the Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project, PBOT is seeking public input to ensure the project is developed with users in mind and for them to have an active role in the project development. PBOT staff is going to gather this input from the public and appreciates people taking the time to participate in a survey that may found on the SurveyMonkey website.

Any one who has questions about the Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project may go to to the project website, or contact Liz Hormann by email or by calling 503-823-5086.

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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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. 

Keynote speakers will be Elizabeth Stein and Rebecca Cokley. Stein will speak on “How Universal Design for Learning is Like a Trip to the Beach with 30 Friends and Family.” and present two workshops. Her career spans early intervention, grades K-12, and undergraduate and graduate level courses. Cokley is the executive director of the National Council on Disability.  She came to the Council after serving four years in the Obama Administration. She is presenting in two workshops and her lunch keynote is “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize; Policy Process and Change, Values Driven Leadership, and Advocacy that Promotes Inclusion and Success for All Students.”

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.

All Born (In) is a movement in pursuit of an inclusive civil society. A sister project of the NWDSA, ABI seeks to end segregation and promote true choice and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our schools and communities. The ABI Conference was founded by the NWDSA in 2006 in partnership with Portland State University’s joint certification program and the Center on Inclusive Education. It has grown to be a cornerstone resource in the Northwest region, engaging many innovative parents, professionals, and community partners to embrace the gifts of every learner. Conference directors Angela Jarvis-Holland and Angela Frome lead a steering committee of dedicated parents and professionals to plan and execute the annual conference.

FACT Oregon offering two webinars in March for families experiencing disability

Two webinars for families experiencing disability are being offered by FACT Oregon in March. No matter where someone lives in Oregon, they can attend one of the live webinars.

  • Launch: Preparing for the Transition to Adulthood” is the first webinar and will be Thursday, March 2, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is available on this webinar’s website.
  • Understanding Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education” will be the second webinar on Tuesday, March 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration is available at the webinar’s website.

FACT’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community and equipping families.

ABLE savings plans are now available in Oregon

People who are receiving state and federal benefits, like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can now set up an ABLE account in less than ten minutes at ABLE is a tax-advantage savings plan that will allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save for disability-related expenses without disqualifying them for crucial benefits. Currently, people become disqualified for those benefits when their assets reach $2,000. That is no longer be the case when funds are deposited into an ABLE account.

Participants in ABLE can save money in a cash option and/or invest money. If a person decides to invest, they’ll need to put at least 10 percent of their funds in the investment option. The choice is up to the individual. There’s a $25 minimum deposit to start off an account and a $10 minimum for any contribution or withdrawal after that.

Disability Rights Oregon participated in the workgroup that helped develop the Oregon ABLE Savings Plan, along with other community organizations Albertina Kerr, Aging and People with Disabilities, The Arc Oregon, Autism Society of Oregon, Community Vision, FACT Oregon, Northwest Down Syndrome Association, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Oregon Training and Consultation, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & Southwest Washington and Work Incentives Network.

World Down Syndrome Day 2017 Celebration is March 21 in northeast Portland

Northwest Down Syndrome Association is holding a World Down Syndrome Day 2017 Celebration as a celebration for family, friends, co-workers and loved ones who experience Down syndrome. The annual get-together is Tuesday, March 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lagunitas Community Room, 237 N.E. Broadway Street, Suite 300, in Portland.

Pizza (including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices), salad, fruit, veggies, cake and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Children are welcome. An online RSVP is preferred or call 503-238-0522. A contribution may be made when making a RSVP or at the door. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed around the world every year on March 21st, in recognition of the three copies of chromosome 21 that is present in most people living with Down syndrome. WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world, and continues to be a day of celebration, pride and awareness building around the globe.

Are you a person with a job and hearing loss? Your input is wanted

Researchers David Baldridge and Richard Dirmyer are currently collecting survey data from deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) employees and their supervisors, in order to learn more about their workplace experiences.

Baldridge and Dirmyer are looking for people with DHH to participate in this research study. Participants must be employed, deaf/hard of hearing, and over the age of 18. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is available at

Individual responses will NOT be shared with anyone other than the researchers. Please also forward this announcement to others who qualify and who might like to participate — i.e., they must be employed, deaf/hard of hearing, and over the age of 18. An iPad Pro tablet will be awarded to a randomly selected person who participates in the survey or enters affiliated sweepstakes

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8

The second annual Abilities Expo will be held Saturdauy, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA). The location will be the Double Tree by Hilton Portland Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah Street. The event is free for the general public.

There will be vendors and displays for all types of abilities with anything from adaptable fishing, hunting and hiking to Trap, Tennis and Downhill Skiing. All all welcome to attend and find resources or to network with like-minded people.

The Oregon Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America is committed to the re-integration of our nations spinal cord impaired and diseased veterans. The Programs it runs are Hospital Liaison, Communications, Sports and Recreation, Advocacy and Legislation, Membership, and Benefits. Learn more about the OPVA on its website.

May 11th Career Expo offers chance to meet employers, talk about skills

Job seekers of all levels, employment specialists, transition students & teachers are invited to Incight’s Career Expo on Thursday, May 11. This free event is in the Smith Memorial Union at Portland State University, 1825 S.W. Broadway.

The Career Fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will provide an opportunity to network with employers from a wide range of industries. Attendees may also meet with local resources.

Attendees may have their resume reviewed by real employers during the fair. When arriving at the expo, sign up for a time slot and bring an up-to-date resume that can be marked on. There is also a Student Central workshop for transition students and teachers.

To find out more, go to the EventBrite website for information, how to request accommodation and how to register. Incight, a non-pro­fit 501(c)(3), was founded in 2004 to unlock the potential of people with disabilities by providing programs and resources in education, employment, and independence. For more information visit

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.

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