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Disability NEWS – April 5, 2017

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April 5, 2017 

In this issue…

  • Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8
  • DD Coalition GO! Project to advocate on April 10 for families at Oregon State Capitol
  • Rose City Rollers to assist with UCP’s Roller Skating event at Oaks Park Roller Rink
  • Portland Arts Tax due April 18, exemptions available for seniors and persons with disabilities
  • NCIL offering scholarships to attend the Annual Conference on Independent Living
  • City of Portland providing course for how to apply for city jobs on April 11
  • Spinal Cord Injury’s April Bimonthly Forum will focus on advocacy with personal stories
  • Multnomah County invites public for input on its mental health crisis system at stakeholder meetings
  • April 18th “Live Resume workshop offers networking, skill and confidence building
  • Registration is open now for the Breaking Barriers Conference on April 25th
  • PBOT recruiting Portlanders to apply for PedPDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

 Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8

The second annual Abilities Expo will be held Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA). The location is 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 nation’s 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.

DD Coalition GO! Project to advocate on April 10 for families at Oregon State Capitol

The Oregon Intellectual / Developmental Disability Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team will be at the State Capitol on April 10th to provide information, training and take action by focusing on early intervention and early childhood education. The coalition will gather at 900 Court Street NE in Salem from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of DD Advocacy Days at the Capitol.

It is being joined by other advocates and developmental disability organizations throughout Oregon to promote quality service and supports which respectfully further the rights, equality, justice and inclusion for all Oregonians with developmental disabilities and their families.

This is the fourth of seven Advocacy Days during this year’s session of the Oregon Legislature. There will be an 11 a.m. training overview on the legislature and meeting legislators, support to practice talking points, and support to get to the legislator’s office with debriefing after a meeting. Participants are asked to wear yellow to show unity in advocacy. Advocacy Days registration is available on the FACT - Oregon web page.

The Oregon Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Coalition meets in Salem on the first Tuesday of each month to share information and take action. Anyone interested in becoming a Coalition Member, may complete the Membership Application and send to the Oregon Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Coalition via email or send to P.O. Box 13924, Salem, Oregon.

The DD Coalition created Grassroots Oregon (the GO! Project) in July 2004 to connect regional advocates, identify issues of concern in communities statewide, and provide technical assistance regarding issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The GO! Project strives to help people with disabilities and their families educate others – including the general public, state and local government officials, and public agency staff – about their stories, their concerns, and the impact of policies effecting people who experience developmental disabilities. For more information about the GO! Project, visit the Oregon Intellectual / Developmental Disability Coalition website.

Rose City Rollers to assist with UCP’s Roller Skating Outing at Oaks Park Roller Rink

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington (UCP) is presenting an evening roller skating outing with Portland’s own Rose City Rollers there to share in the fun and assist participants. The free roller skating event is Sunday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oaks Park Skating Rink, 7805 S.E Oaks Park Way in Portland.

UCP is inviting families for an evening of skating, fun and games. It’s a good way to bring back childhood memories while skating with one’s child or to just sit back and enjoy watching the children being assisted by the Rose City Rollers.

All mobility devices with wheels are welcome on the skating floor. You must be wearing skates to accompany someone on the rink. Anyone wishing to participate is requested to RSVP by email or phone (503-467-0332) by noon on April 7 to reserve their space.

Portland Arts Tax due April 18, exemptions available for seniors and persons with disabilities

Portland residents who are 70 years of age or older, or have a permanent disability may be eligible for an Arts Tax exemption, if they meet specific income requirements.

Elders in Action can explain the rules for the exemption and even help in filling out the required paperwork. Contact Elders in Action at 503-235-5474 for more information.

The Arts Tax for 2016 is due by April 18, 2017. More information about the Portland Art Tax is also available on the City’s Revenue Division website.

Elders in Action is a nonprofit organization that advocates for older adults, provides meaningful volunteer opportunities and works to build an age-friendly community. They provide services in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties in the Portland metro area.

NCIL offering scholarships to attend the Annual Conference on Independent Living

Due to the tremendous support of its sponsors, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is offering scholarships for youth to attend the Annual Conference on Independent Living this summer. The conference will be July 24 through 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

After record numbers of young persons attended the previous conference, NCIL is ready to welcome #GenerationADA back to the Capitol for another year of workshops, presentations, organizing, and community building. “Revolution: A Global Independent Living Movement” is the theme of this year’s conference. 

The two requirements to apply are: identifying as a deaf person and/or a person with a disability; and being 26 years old or younger (NCIL categorizes “youth” as 26 years old or younger.

More information about the conference is available on the conference’s website. Those interested in Youth Scholarships may download the application that also offers further details about the scholarships.

City of Portland providing course that shows how to apply for city jobs on April 11

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is conducting a course entitled “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” on Tuesday, April 11, in Room HR-1, on the Portland Building’s second floor, 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue, in Room HR-1. 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.

HLAA-Portland April meeting to hear presentation on assistive listening devices

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Portland) will hold its April 2017 meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital. The meeting is in the Wistar Morris Conference Room in the Main Hospital Building at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Ave at Marshall Street.

April's speaker will be Evonne Serpas, Au.D., of the Hearing Resources Audiology Center of Portland, located in the Hollywood District. Dr. Serpas will demonstrate a variety of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) including FM systems and household accessories available at the center. The Hearing Resources Audiology Center of Portland website is

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).

Spinal Cord Injury’s April Bimonthly Forum will focus on advocacy with personal stories

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection is hosting a bimonthly educational forum and discussion on April 13 about advocacy. All are welcome. The forum will be at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) will be from 6 to 8 pm. in Room 500 at Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue.

Speakers from the SCI community and local government will share their insights and experiences as advocates, providing participants with some of the resources to empower them to follow in their tracks. This form will show attendees how they can become advocates and how their stories could be the key to getting solutions. When it comes to the day-to- day struggles of living with a spinal cord injury, our peers are our best experts. With all of the policy changes going on in the world, it’s more important than ever that the SCI community, make its voices heard and fight for their rights and services.

The Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection hosts an educational forum and discussion at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO) the 2nd Thursday of every other month. More information is available on the organization’s website

April 18th “Live Resume workshop offers networking, skill and confidence building

Incight is hosting its “Live Resume” workshop on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Portland. It is an excellent and unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment.

During the main event, every participant will have up to three minutes to verbally present their "Live Resume" to the attending recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to fill a variety of human services positions within their organizations.

After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Attendees will be able to speak with representatives from Aramark Food & Beverage Services, CareOregon, Clackamas County, Columbia Sportswear, Conduent, Enterprise, ESI, Family Care Health, FedEx Ground, Goodwill Job Connections, Lowe’s, OHSU, Oregon Health Authority, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, WA State Department of Corrections, and possibly even more.

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. The practice session is scheduled for April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.

To learn more and sign up for “Live Resume,” please click this link to download the event flyer. Questions may be emailed to Kimberly Berberich at or by calling her at 971-244-0305. 

Registration is open now for the April 25th Breaking Barriers Conference

On Tuesday, April 25th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., people with disabilities, families, teachers, and service providers from throughout Oregon will gather at Central Oregon’s Deschutes County Expo Center to participate in the third annual Breaking Barriers Conference. The conference, guided by a vision for an inclusive community where barriers don’t exist and labels such as disability have no meaning, will be held in the Deschutes County Expo Center’s Sisters Conference Center on 3800 SW Airport Way in Redmond. It’s theme is “Life Beyond Labels.”

The conference is open to the public and scholarships are available for individuals with disabilities and their family members. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit:

This year’s keynote speakers are: Sue Swenson, who most recently served the Obama administration as acting assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. She is the president-elect of Inclusion International, the United Nations-recognized disabled people’s organization for children with disabilities, their parents, and adults with intellectual disabilities. Cristina Sanz, who broke ground in high school when she was the first student with a disability to make the school’s drill team, will be the other keynote speaker. As an adult, she works at a school and volunteers in a senior center. Sanz who is recently engaged, is also living her dream of becoming an actor as a cast member in the A&E show Born This Way.

The Breaking Barriers conference is made possible through a collaborative effort of: Autism Society of Oregon; Central Oregon Disability Support Network; Deschutes County; FACT Oregon; Full Access High Desert ; High Desert Education Service District; High Desert Self Advocates; Opportunity Foundation; Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities; Oregon Department of Education; Oregon Department of Human Services – Employment First Initiative; Redmond School District; United Cerebral Palsy; and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

PBOT recruiting Portlanders to apply for PedPDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is recruiting Portlanders to serve on its PedPDX, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to guide PedPDX, Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan. The plan will prioritize sidewalks, crossing improvements, and other investments to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city. 

PedPDX is an update of the 1998 Pedestrian Master Plan (PMP). Since 1998, the PMP has guided pedestrian-friendly design and policies in Portland, serving as a model across the country. The PMP developed a project list that has guided investment over the past 18 years.

Despite consistent investment in the pedestrian network, significant gaps and deficiencies remain, and new policy questions have emerged. An incomplete pedestrian network limits the City’s ability to absorb growth and meet the livability and access needs of residents, including safe walking access to public transit and essential services.

The new pedestrian plan has kicked off this spring and a draft plan is scheduled for public review by July 2018, with Council adoption in approximately Fall 2018. To learn more about the plan and to volunteer to serve on the advisory committee, go to the PedPDX website. The deadline to apply is April 16th.

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.