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Disability NEWS – June 21, 2017

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June 21, 2017

In this issue…

  • Brilliant and Resilent: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists exhibit is at OU
  • OAD reports that OHPB Health Equity Policy Committee accepting appications
  • Enjoy the outdoors at FACT’s Nature Mobile and Family Day at the Park summer events
  • NWDSA’s Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroups welcomes families to connect
  • Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection asking for input on survey to help its mission
  • NAMI Multnomah announces dates for Summer 2017 Peer Support Specialist Training
  • NFB's Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy to be August 8-18 in Portland
  • FACT All Ability Tri4Youth is coming August 12 in the Beaverton area
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

MIUSA’s Brilliant and Resilient touring exhibition celebrates the power
of disabled women activists at UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Mobility International USA’s (MIUSA) Brilliant and Resilient Project is being featured in Eugene from June 10 to August 27. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) is presenting selections from this special touring exhibition that features different women with disabilities’ personal stories. The JSMA is at 1430 Johnson Lane on the University of Oregon Campus.

The Brilliant & Resilient project is a collection of photographs and personal stories of 50 women with different types of disabilities representing 41 countries. These powerful portraits and vignettes — from alumni of MIUSA’s Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) — illustrate the issues that significantly impact their lives: access to education, employment, political power, reproductive health services, and HIV/AIDS and violence prevention. 

The Brilliant and Resilient book accompanies the traveling photo exhibition. All materials are available in English and Spanish as well as audio format. The project honors the 1995 Beijing U.N. World Conference on Women, a historic event that ignited the international disabled women’s rights movement.

Revenues from the exhibition and book sales support the next generation of emerging women leaders with disabilities to participate in MIUSA’s women’s leadership trainings. MIUSA’s programs for women support the implementation of Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which promotes the full development, advancement and empowerment of women with disabilities. Visit the Brilliant and Resilient website for more information.

Founded in 1981, in Eugene, by Susan Sygall and Barbara Williams, MIUSA is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. For more than thirty years, MIUSA has developed an extensive network of 2,300-plus alumni from 135+ countries who are working for the rights of people with disabilities. Revenues from the exhibition and book sales support the next generation of emerging women leaders with disabilities to participate in MIUSA’s leadership trainings.

OAD reports that OHPB Health Equity Policy Committee accepting applications

The Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD) reports that the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) is accepting applications for membership on its Health Equity Committee. Applications are due by July 14th.

The purpose of the Health Equity Policy Committee is to assure that policy making and program improvement processes proactively promote the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity for all Oregonians. 

Further information about the openings on the committee is available on the OAD website, including a Health Equity Interest form to download. 

Anyone wishing to learn more about the OHPB Health Equity Policy Committee, may visit its website. The Oregon Association of the Deaf provides information about its work, resources and more at

Enjoy the outdoors at FACT’s Nature Mobile and Family Day at the Park summer events

FACT Oregon is conducting summer family-friendly events with a Family Fun Day at the Park in Tillamook and a Nature Mobile in Aloha. The park outing is Sunday, June 25, from noon to 2 p.m. at Goodspeed Park on Third Street and Del Monte in Tillamook. The Nature Mobile will be at Hazeldale Park that is just to the north of S.W. Farmington Road and accessible through 196th Avenue. It will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10.

Families raising a child with a disability, friends and neighbors are welcome to join FACT for the Family Day in the park. This is an opportunity to connect with other families, explore resources and enjoy fun activities with the kids. Snacks and drinks will be provided. There is an informational flyer on the event’s webpage.

Nature Mobile! will feature THPRD’s mobile classroom. Natural resources staff will provide nature and science learning opportunities, fun activities and game to capture the childrens’ imaginations and help they understand the role that the environment plays in their lives. There are accessible and paved trails available and snacks will be provided. The event’s webpage has further information and also provides a downloadable flyer.

For more information about the two events, call (503) 786-6082 or 1(888) 988-3228, or email

NWDSA’s Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroups welcome families to connect

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) welcomes families to its Open Arms Cross-Disabilities Playgroups held in both Portland and Vancouver. Open Arms is a parent-driven play group for children from birth through five with disabilities including Down syndrome, and their families.

The Portland Open Arms Play Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 am to noon. The next Portland Playgroup meeting will be July 11th at Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 SE Bush Street.

In Vancouver, the Open Arms Play Group meets the first Saturday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver at 4508 E. 18th Street is where the group meets. July 1st will be the next meeting for the Vancouver group.

The play group is organized to give parents opportunities to connect with each other on a personal level by asking questions, sharing ideas, and learning from others’ experience. The gathering is a fun place where children can play, snack, learn, and grow together.

The play group is NWDSA’s organizing principle that parents are the experts and number one advocate of their children. There is no charge, and all families who have children with Down syndrome age 0 to 5 are welcome, including siblings. More information on the play groups are on the NWDSA website.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection asking for input on survey to help its mission

The Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection (OSCI) wants to know what issues around spinal cord injury/disorder community (SCI/D) are most important and how it may best address them. OSCI has designed a very short survey to collect opinions and suggestions. 

The survey is available on SurveyMonkey with a place provided should a participant like to discuss their responses or anything else with OSCI. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may leave that part black. 

OSCI was founded to serve the needs of the local spinal cord injury/disorder community in Portland and Southwest Washington and to help grow this community. To further its outreach, the organization conducts month Wheel Connects in Portland, Salem and Camas. These are casual meet-ups for survivors of SCI, their families, and all those interested in supporting and learning from the SCI community. The Wheel Connects are listed on OSCI’s website in the upcoming events webpage.

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 and ends on Friday, July 7th.

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. 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.

More details about the Peer Support Specialist Training may be found in the Disability NEWS feature article on the program website.

NFB's Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy to be August 8-18 in Portland

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy is being held in Portland from August 7 through 18. NFB’s BELL Academy prepares blind and low vision children, ages four through twelve, to grow into confident and independent blind people who will live the lives they want. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 205 N.E. 50th Avenue.

The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program or residential setting. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adults who serve as mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the NFB BELL Academy curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future.

To learn more about the NFB BELL Academy, visit the federation's website. Further information about the academy being held in Portland, including contact information about the Oregon Program Coordinator, may be found on the Oregon BELL Academy FAQs webpage.

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.