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Disability NEWS – May 17, 2017

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May 17, 2017

In this issue…

  • “Gathering: Disability Style” event to gather disability community to share and connect
  • Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection holding May 17 meeting for Family & Friends Support Group
  • Jane Dunhamn to speak May 18th on the intersection of race and disability
  • IRCO and Oregon Food Bank present “Your Voice matters!” on May 24 at Madison High School
  • Incight conducting workshops on basics of getting a job and how to apply for Providence jobs
  • May 30th Webinar is for inclusion of people with disabilities in a healthy community
  • OAD’s Legislative Awareness Day at State Capitol is June 1st at State Capitol
  • NWDSA’s Bike First! week provides bicycle training for individuals with disabilities
  • Association of People Supporting Employment First national conference to be held in Portland
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

 “Gathering: Disability Style” event to gather disability community to share and connect

“Gathering: Disability-Style” is an event for people with disabilities who are passionately engaged or who want to be more involved in communities. On Thursday, May 18th, join disability leaders, advocates, artists, and activists for an evening of food and fellowship as people gather to honor disability contributions and celebrate disability culture. The gathering is being hosted by the city’s Disability Program and will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Portland City Hall’s Atrium at 1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue.

There will be an art display featuring: Carolyn Anderson, Lavaun Benavidez-Heaster, Erik Ferguson, Catherine Hill, and Chris Hass. Tess Raunig will be at the Open Mic.

Joanne Johnson, disability program coordinator, has expressed that “We are looking to have people with disabilities who are engaged, or want to be engaged, to come together, share space and connect to each other.” She encourages that people pass the word to others who may be interested in attending.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters and audio description will be provided. Also, this is a scent-free event. Please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products. For more information, see the article on the Disability Program website.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection holding May 17 meeting for Family & Friends Support Group

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Connection is holding its Family & Friends Support Group meeting on Wednesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group meets in the Wistar Morris Room at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue.

This is a support group of friends and family of those with spinal cord injury. Anyone who is a family member, friend, or caregiver of someone with an spinal cord injury is welcome to participate. Oregon SCI is excited to be partnering with Legacy Good Sam Spiritual Care Department to provide these much needed supports to the community.

The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at this location. Anyone who has questions or would like to get in touch, may contact by email either Andrea Peruzzi  or Courtney Livaudais.

Jane Dunhamn to speak May 18th on the intersection of race and disability

Jane Dunham, director and founder of the National Black Disability Coalition, will be speaking at Portland City Hall on Thursday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. City Commissioner Eudaly with the Portland Commission on Disability, the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement are supporting the brown bag lunch in the City Hall Atrium, 1221 S.W. Fourth Avenue.

Jane Dunham will join the Portland community to address the following issues: 

  • How local governments and communities are successfully moving towards race and disability equity.
  • How do we practice intersectional equity in our city and communities and address racism and ableism to work together.
  • How do we address the impact of double jeopardy for Black Disabled  individuals in our city.

Jane Dunhamn’s experience in disability related fields spans 40 years. For the past decade, Dunham’s work has focused on the intersections of race and disability. In 2009, at her behest, a BIC board member and state senate leader championed legislation to establish a commission to study disparities in New Jersey and lead initiatives for change. The bill passed into public law on January 29, 2015. 

Ms. Dunhamn also served two terms as a member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (NJ SAC).

In her role of Director of the National Black Disability Coalition, Dunham is currently spearheading an initiative to establish Black Disability Studies at universities throughout the U.S. Jane, a single parent of an adult daughter with a developmental disability, lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is employed by the U.S. Department of Labor 

This event is free, will be presented with American Sign Language interpretation and is open to the public. Anyone who has questions or needs further information may call Nickole Cheron at 503-823-4938 or email her at

IRCO and Oregon Food Bank present “Your Voice Matters!” on May 24 at Madison High School

Oregon Food Bank and IRCO are hosting a special policy education event for the community. The organizations invite all clients, partners, staff and community members to join them and learn more about what is happening in Salem during this legislative session and how it affects everyone. Participants will learn about the budget status, housing issues, food security, and child & family issues. Information will be shared about how to get involved and make one’s voice heard.

Please register here so the organizers know which languages to offer interpretation and food to provide. Please spread the word to the community!

Incight has May workshops on basics of getting a job & applying for Providence jobs

“Getting a Job: The Basics” and “How to Apply - Providence Health and Services” are two Incight workshops being held in May. The basics of getting a job will be conducted on Thursday, May 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Incight’s eighth floor conference room at 111 S.W. Columbia Street. The application training for Providence job openings will be Wednesday, May 24, and also in Incight’s eighth floor conference room.

  • Getting a Job: The Basics is a follow up event after the earlier Career Expo this month. After getting leads, the application process follows. Participants may hone in on skills that will help kick-start their job search. To learn more and register, visit the EventBrite webpage.
  • How to Apply - Providence Health and Services is a workshop that will provide information about applying for a job with Providence, the third largest not-for-profit health system in the nation. Providence representives will discuss the variety of positions available, employee benefits, ins and out of the application, the video interview process, and the potential accommodations in the application process and workplace. The EventBrite website will provide further information and registration.

Incight 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

May 30th webinar will address creating a healthy community for inclusion of people with disabilities

“Healthy Communities: An Assessment and Implementation Framework to Achieve Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” is the topic of a live webinar being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. The Oregon Office on Disability and Health in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Association’s Disability Section and PSU/OHSU’s School of Public Health is hosting this event. Continuing Education Units are pending.

Persons with disability experience higher rates of chronic disease and less participation in healthy behaviors that help prevent or manage such conditions. Healthy community initiatives that focus on improvements to the built, programmatic and social environments to support healthy lifestyles, often do not integrate inclusion principals that enable persons with disability to reap the same benefits as other community members. 

Data from the 2015 Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) have shown that people with disabilities are less likely to exercise. For example, only 67 percent of Oregonians with disabilities reported having exercised during the past month in comparison to 86 percent of Oregonians without disabilities. This is a significance difference given that the lack of exercise is associated with metabolic disorders such as overweight/obesity. Oregon BRFSS data also suggest that 71 percent of Oregonians with disabilities are at risk of obesity, while only 61 percent of non- disabled Oregonians are at risk.

Guest speakers include: Yochai Eisenberg, MUPP, Senior Research Specialist, Center on Health Promotion Research for Persons with Disabilities; Darrin Umbarger, Founder of Clearview Mediation and Disabilities Services, Pendleton OR; Mac Gillespie, Healthy Communities Coordinator, Benton County Health Dept. and Joseph Lowe, Program Analyst, Aging & People with Disabilities, DHS.

In this webinar, Eisenberg will describe the importance of recognizing persons with disability as a demographic group that experiences health disparities and introduce an assessment and implementation framework to drive public health action.

The Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII) is the first instrument to operationalize community health inclusion into a comprehensive assessment tool that can be used by public health professionals and community coalitions. They can examine the critical supports needed to improve healthy, active living among persons with disabilities. Eisenberg will highlight lessons learned from demonstration projects in Oregon and nationally that have utilized the CHII and best practices for successful implementation. 

To participate, register on SurveyMonkey for the webinar. Registrants will receive a link to the webinar prior to May 30th. There will be live captioning provided during the webinar and the webinar will be archived for future viewing.

OAD’s Legislative Awareness Day at State Capitol is June 1 at State Capitol

The Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD) recognizes that Oregon’s state legislators need to be better informed on the needs of Oregonians affected by hearing loss. On Thursday, June 1st, the Oregon Association of the Deaf will hold a Deaf, Deaf-Blind, DeafPlus and Hard of Hearing Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol in Salem.

The OAD needs the deaf and people with hearing loss to share their "need" for service and send the message to the legislature that it recognizes the various needs in the community. The group will gather at the front step at the State Capitol, 900 Court Street N.E., in Salem.

An OAD goal during this legislative assembly is to have a permanent Office of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Services created in Oregon. Supporters want the Senate and the House to pass the bill and send it to the governor. Over 186,117 Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing Oregonians need support through social services.

To learn more, visit the OAD website. OAD’s work is to promote, protect, and preserve the civil rights, and advocate to enhance the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Oregonians. The organization was created in the early 1920s and was originally named the Oregon Association for the Advancement of the Deaf.

NWDSA’s Bike First! week provides bicycle training for individuals with disabilities

Bike First! is a Northwest Down Syndrome Association week-long project that promotes inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills necessary to ride typical bicycles. This year, Bike First! will be from June 19-23 and is open to children eight years and up. Registration is now open.

People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at Bike Week. Some of these conditions include Down syndrome, mild to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills, and other developmental delays.

If a child can already ride but needs a boost in skills or confidence, the Quick Start / Refresher Course might be just what they need to cruise all summer long.  

To see a video of a news broadcast featuring Bike First! and to read more about Bike Week 2017, visit its webpages on the NWDSA website.

Association of People Supporting Employment First national conference to be held in Portland

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is holding its 2017 APSE National Conference in Portland from June 19th through the 20th at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First.

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser who currently chairs the Senate Human Services Committee. In 2010, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability. Her appointment confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate.

There are educational and networking opportunities, dozens of exhibitors, national awards, two onsite CESP exam opportunities, and pre-conference sessions that are followed by two and one-half days of more than 100 high-quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts.

For further information about the conference, please visit the 2017 APSE National Conference website.

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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