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Disability NEWS – June 7, 2017

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June 7, 2017

In this issue…

  • Incight announces changes and that all events, trainings, etc., are currently cancelled
  • Portland Commission on Disability month meeting is Friday, June 9
  • IAVDC will perform "Chickens and Cheese Pizza!" on Monday June 12th
  • NAMI Multnomah announces dates for Summer 2017 Peer Support Specialist Training
  • There’s still time to register for and participate in the FACT Dreambuilders Alliance
  • Bipartisan legislation making hearing aids available over the counter reintroduced to Congress
  • NWDSA’s Bike First! week provides bicycle training for individuals with disabilities
  • FACT All Ability Tri4Youth is coming August 12
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Incight announces changes and that all events, trainings, etc., are currently cancelled

Incight has announced that it is undergoing changes and it is unknown at this time what future programming will look like. 

All events, trainings, workshops and activities hosted by the Employment Program are cancelled until further notice (i.e. Live Resume, Meet Business, Career Expo, How to Apply, etc.). The Employment Team, Incight's Executive Director and members of the Education and Independence Programs are no longer with the organization. 

Anyone who wishes to get in contact with Incight, may call 971-244-0305.

Portland Commission on Disability monthly meeting is this Friday, June 9th

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) will hear a report from Director Dante James from the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), policy updates and conduct its monthlly business on Friday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Steel Room at OEHR on the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Building, 421 S.W. 5th Avenue. Further information, including the meeting agenda is available on ONI’s Disability Program’s calendar page.

The mission of the Portland Commission on Disability is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all. For more information about PCOD, please visit the commission’s website.

IAVDC will perform "Chickens and Cheese Pizza!" on Monday June 12th

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company (IAVDC) invites the public to attend their upcoming performance of “Chickens and Cheese Pizza!" in east Portland on Monday, June 12. The location for the show is The Rosewood Initiative, 16125 S.E. Stark Street.

IAVDC is a unique cross-disability and integrated youth/young adult dance company. Many performances will delve into a myriad of emotions of raw truths, sassiness, hope and humor that expresses the full human experience in the Company’s innovative choreography.

The group will perform: 

  1. “Moving Abstract”
  2. "Chicken Delight"
  3. “Generosity” – choreographed by Arrow Bless
  4. “Wings” – choreographed by Rachel Esteve
  5. “Listless Frost” – a trio about lost love.

Company dancers include Daric Anderson, Eleanor Baily, Arrow Bless, Ryan Blumhardt, Rachel Esteve, Peter Heiken, Addie Nelson, Monique Peloquin and Scott Selby. Kathy Coleman is the artistic director.

This performance is free, open to the public, and is wheelchair accessible. The Rosewood Initiative is served by TriMet Bus Line 20 and the MAX Blue Line.

Groups are encouraged to RSVP. To RSVP or to request an accommodation, contact IAVDC at

Learn more about the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company on the Disability Art and Culture Project website and also take a look at their past performances on Vimeo.

NAMI Multnomah announces dates for Summer 2017 Peer Support Specialist Training

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Multnomah affiliate has announced that registration for the July 24 through 28 Peer Support Specialist Training will open on Monday, June 19th. The application process takes place entirely online.

This is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognized training being facilitated by Project ABLE. The training consists of 40 classroom hours and a written exam. This training is offered at no cost to persons who live or work in Multnomah County. Class size is limited to 20 participants, and per Multnomah County Contract, preference is given to members of the NorthStar Clubhouse and those already volunteering or employed by mental health agencies in the county.

The registration period is Monday, June 19th, through Friday, June 30th. Any applications received after June 30th will be considered for the wait list if there is room available. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Candidates will be considered based on the following criteria: (1) Living well in recovery from mental illness (2) Ready to support peers in their recovery from mental illness (3) Ability to attend 40-hour training Monday- Friday July 24th through 28th, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance with an email by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 7th, 2017. To apply and get more information, please visit: 

NAMI Multnomah is the Portland metro affiliate and one of 1,100 nationwide affiliates of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. NAMI Multnomah [] helps educate people in the Portland metro area about mental health issues. It holds regular educational events, weekly support groups, and quarterly classes to help individuals and families better understand how to live with mental illness, begin the process of recovery, and sustain wellness.

There’s still time to register for and participate in the FACT Dreambuilders Alliance

FACT Oregon and Community Vision have announced there is still time to join the 2017 Summer Session of the Dream Builders Alliance. This is a collaborative program dedicated to the successful transition from youth to adulthood. It is a two-part program that involves the whole family.

Dream Builders Alliance, a project of Community Vision, Inc., is a grassroots program that provides empowerment, education, community, and transition opportunities to youth ages 16-21. This fantastic program works to connect all participants to post-secondary education, housing, and employment options. Participants also receive an introduction to adult support services that emphasize individual choice and full community inclusion.

Part one is the Family Education Series where families learn about important resources regarding the transition from youth to adulthood. It is followed by part two where young adults build valuable skills and relationships through thoughtful mentorship.

Limited spaces are available and seminars are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22, 29, July 13, 20 and 27 with dinner being provided. For more information or to apply, please contact Rachel Eaton, program coordinator by emailing or calling her at 503-292-4964, extension 125. It is also possible to apply online at cvision.rg/familyapp/.

To learn more about the Dream Builders Alliance, visit its web page on the Community Vision website.

FACT Oregon’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families. To learn more about FACT and its services, visit its website and its trainings and events calendar

Bipartisan legislation making hearing aids available over the counter reintroduced to Congress

Legislation was reintroduced in the Senate on March 21st this year to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC). U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), brought the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 to Congress which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 percent of those with hearing loss use assistive hearing technology, often because they cannot afford costly hearing aids.

This action has been spurred on by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2016 report entitled “Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability.” Recommendation Number 7 of the report states: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should establish a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) wearable hearing devices. This device classification would be separate from “hearing aids.” OTC wearable hearing devices would be defined as wearable, over-the-counter devices that can assist adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.”

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) supports the sale of OTC hearing aids based on the NAS’s clear, evidence-based case that OTC hearing wearable devices should be available for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. The HLAA has expressed this as a call to action and is asking for help in removing the unnecessary barriers to getting hearing aids by having the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids. Anyone one interested in supporting the legislation may find out how to help on the HLAA’s “Call to Action: Support the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Bill of 2017” website.

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 19th to 23rd 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.

The First Annual All Ability Tri4Youth will be August 12th

The Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex will be the site for the First Annual All Ability Tri4Youth on Saturday, August 12th. The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Districts facility is at 15707 S.W. Walker Road in the Beaverton area.

FACT Oregon and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District are excited to announce an all ability triathlon to provide youth experiencing a disability, their siblings, and peers an opportunity to participate, as well as meeting community partners that support families experiencing disability. Families and friends are invited to celebrate their athlete as participants swim, bike, and run on a fully accessible course, or serve as captain on a team with friends. Participants receive a Tri4Youth t-shirt and medal, and everyone’s invited to enjoy a great after-party with music and food.

The All Ability Tri4Youth is a fun, safe, accessible event with an emphasis on inclusion and community building. From a triathlon course that has been successfully tested by youth to fully accessible facilities, great music, food, and lots to celebrate, participants will create lifelong memories on this special day.

Training sessions at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District are now open for registration. Click for more information and to register. (Note: You will be redirected to Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s website. For registration assistance, call (503) 645-6433.)

For more information about the 2017 All Ability Tri4Youth event, visit FACT’s event website.

The All Ability Tri4Youth is modeled after a very successful Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania triathlon. Learn more about its success and watch an overview of the event here:

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.