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Disability NEWS – December 20, 2017

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December 20, 2017

In This Issue… 

  • PBOT asking for input on survey related to on-street parking needs for people with disabilities
  • “In Our Own Words” is a roundtable discussion about long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS
  • Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company Announces 3 Open Company Positions
  • DPSST seeking Volunteer or Paid Role Player to work with law enforcement students
  • NWDSA’s “Getting Ready for the Big Day” Kindergarten Transition Training is January 20
  • The History of Disabilities, a Free Four-Part Webinar Series, begins January 11th
  • MULTCO Elections helping voters with disabilities vote in January 23 Special Election
  • ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on Getting Through to your Elected Officials
  • Help improve health care access for people with disabilities by helping with research study
  • State Advisory Council for Special Education meets January 25th, public comment welcome
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

PBOT asking for input on survey related to on-street parking accessibility needs

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking insight into the on-street parking needs of persons with disabilities. The information PBOT is interested in learning relates to the current use of existing disability parking spaces and desired new/real located locations in the meter districts.

To gather that information, the bureau has put together an online survey with mapping technology to help identify disability parking locations based on community needs. This is a link to the survey instrument for participants to complete.

“In Our Own Words” will be a roundtable discussion about long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS

January 9th is the date for “In Our Own Words,” a roundtable discussion about long-term long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. The discussion will be at the Oregon Health Authority, Room 1A at 800 N.E. Oregon Street.

This is an educational opportunity for partners who seek to serve the LGBTQ+ community and would like to better understand the challenges facing long term survivors of HIV.

Presenters will be Amy Anderson, Carlos Dory, Maricela Berumen, Michael Stewart, and Robert Miller. The discussion will be moderated by Michael Thurman. “In Our Own Words” is in affiliation with Cascade AIDS Project's Community Advisory Board and sponsored by the Partnership Project and Cascade Aids Project.

Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company Announces 3 Open Company Positions

There are three positions open on the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company (IAVDC) for people with and without disabilities, ages 12 to 25. IAVDC is a unique cross disability and integrated dance company. 

New Expressive Works Studio 2 at 810 S.E. Belmont is where the group has lessons and rehearses. The company meets on Tuesdays, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Auditions are not necessary and dancers are expected to make a year-long commitment. There is a cost of $10 per week, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. 

IAVDC provides integrated dance classes and is inclusive of youth with and without disabilities. Dancers aged 12-22+ have the opportunity to learn structured improvisation through DanceAbility Methodology, how to choreograph movement including creating their own solos or small ensembles, and expand their movement vocabulary through learning contemporary dance. Emphasis is made for individual expression of movement and building an equitable community through dance.

All choreography builds on the dancers’ unique minds and bodies, and each dancer contributes to the choreography in their own way. Participating in Inclusive Arts Vibe is a way for young dancers to develop artistic expressions, positive identities, leadership skills, and experience a working model of social justice in the arts. Contact IAVDC for more information or to attend the next rehearsal at or by calling 503-358-9085.

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP). DACP’s mission is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.

DPSST seeking Volunteer or Paid Role Player to work with law enforcement students

The State’s Department of Public Safety and Standard Training (DPSST) is looking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to participate as a volunteer or paid Role Player to practice with their law enforcement students.

Role-playing is an activity in which participants assume the role of another person and act it out. In a DPSST role play situation, participants will be given a structured scenario, specific written guidelines, and performance objectives to reach a predetermined result.

Role-playing is designed to aid the Public Safety Professional in promoting understanding of others and developing critical survival skills. This is accomplished by emphasizing "scenario-based training" utilizing a wide range of training simulations – one of which is the role player.

Training simulations re-create real-life demands that officers will face on the job thus ensuring a better-trained and better-equipped officer graduating from the Academy. A role player will test the training of an officer and afford him/her the opportunity to develop critical thinking, decision making, and assertiveness skills.

More information, including how to apply and contact links, is available on the DPSST website.

NWDSA’s “Getting Ready for the Big Day” Kindergarten Transition Training is January 20

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association is holding its “Getting Ready for the Big Day” training on Saturday, January 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The training will be held in 11611 N.E. Ainsworth Circle.

Moving from early childhood to the school years is exciting and can be confusing without tools and mentors to help navigate this transition. Participants can bring their parental expertise and dreams to join with coordinators and guest speakers who want to help parents along the path of this exciting adventure. This interactive and best practices driven training covers information about the law and your child’s rights, classroom tools and supports, IEP goal writing to support inclusion, communication tips from parents and more.

Designed for families of young children with developmental disabilities

  • Free of charge, donation accepted
  • Lunch provided
  • No childcare provided
  • RSVP required

“Getting Ready for the Big Day” is presented by All Born In (ABI), Northwest Down Syndrome Association, Disability Rights Oregon, and the Parent Coalition of Clark County. More information about the training, including the RSVP process, is available on the ABI website.

The History of Disabilities, a Free Four-Part Webinar Series, begins January 11th

The Southeast ADA Center and The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University is extending an invitation to participate in a free four-part series that begins on Thursday, January 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Education credits are available with a certificate of completion if registered and verified attendance live or by archive.

The dates and topics of the four webinars are:

  1. January 11, 2018 - The Tangled Roots of Disability Policy
  2. January 25, 2018 - World War I and Rehabilitation
  3. February 8, 2018 - Mid-20th Century Ferment in Disability Rights
  4. February 22, 2018 - Civil Rights to Disability Rights 

The quest for social equality for people who have disabilities is a story that begins in the earliest years of the American experience. Marked by both great achievement as well as some of the darkest policies imaginable, the struggle to remove physical, institutional, and attitudinal barriers faced by people who have disabilities is a dynamic story of disappointment and perseverance that continues to today.

This webinar series provides an educational framework for students, social service professionals, family members, and most of all, people who experience disability. Participants will explore the roots of the disability rights movement and the historical turning points that shape contemporary policy. Dr. Larry Logue’s conversational style and deep knowledge of the subject matter make for an intriguing and thought-provoking webinar experience.

Join author and educator Dr. Logue as he tells the story of the disability rights movement in this four-part webinar series, “History of Disability Rights”. Dr. Logue will provide a fascinating journey; exploring the policies, legislation, movements, and personalities that have left their mark on this civil rights movement.

For more information about the webinar, go to this link which will provide web conferencing information, a registration form, and other details related to the sessions. There is also a phone number and email address to contact the Southeast ADA Center with any questions.

The Southeast ADA Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network — sponsored by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, including information about the rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of businesses, as well as state and helpful resources. 

MULTCO Elections helping voters with disabilities vote in January 23 Special Election

State Measure 101 is the focus of a January 23 Special Election to approve temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. The Multnomah County Elections Division will assist voters with disabilities or voters who need help in their native language.

Voters with disabilities can request help with voting from a friend, family member or someone else they know. If needed, voters can also call and request voting and elections related help from Multnomah County Elections.

Elections Voter AssistanceTeams can help a voter in their home, at the facility they live in, or at an elections service location in Southeast Portland or Gresham. This help is always free of charge. Legally, employers or union representatives cannot provide assistance. 

Voters with limited English proficiency can also request assistance. Multnomah County Elections provides an interpreter, free of charge to anyone who needs help in voting or elections processes in a language other than English. Telephone interpretation is available in any language and there are bilingual elections staff. 

Further information is available on the Elections Voter Assistance is available on the county’s website. Multnomah County Elections Division provides also information about the January 23 Special Election and other elections scheduled during 2018 on its website

ASAN Releases Easy Read Toolkit on Getting Through to your Elected Officials

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) announces that a newly-created Easy Read version of its plain language toolkit, “” is They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials now available online. The original was released in February.

The Easy Read Edition uses pictures along with text, and has more white space. It’s written in easy-to-understand language and is screenreader-friendly. This version of the toolkit is divided into nine parts, including “Who has the power to make laws?”, “How can I talk to my elected officials?”, and “All about voting”. This Easy Read toolkit covers: 

  • Who our elected officials are
  • How to contact your elected officials
  • Strategies, scripts, and templates to help you effectively communicate with your elected officials
  • How to use social media for political advocacy
  • The basics of voting: why, how, and when 

They Work For Us: Easy Read Edition is the latest entry in ASAN’s ongoing series of toolkits covering the basics of civic engagement. These toolkits aim to help people with disabilities become active participants in our democracy. ASAN encourage everyone to share this toolkit widely so that as many self-advocates as possible have the tools they need to tell lawmakers: Nothing about us without us! 

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us.

Help improve health care access for people with disabilities by helping with research study

The Northwest ADA Center at the University of Washington is conducting a new research study on Health Care Access. This study aims to capture experiences in accessing health care as it relates to the ADA.

You may qualify if you are:

  • A person with a disability*
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have needed health care within the last 12 months
  • Live in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, or Washington


  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets out guidelines for health care access for people with disabilities, health conditions, or aging.
  • Participants will be asked to complete a short eligibility screening questionnaire.
  • The full survey asks about participant’s demographics and their experiences in accessing health care.
  • This is a one-time survey that can be completed online, over the phone, or on a paper survey.
  • Participants will be eligible for a drawing of $50 Amazon eGift cards.


  • The ADA is over 25 years old but barriers still remain. The goal of this research is to find out where those barriers exist and ways of improving access.


The Northwest ADA Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and is part of the ADA National Network. The ADA National Network Centers are a national platform of ten centers comprised of ADA professionals and experts charged with assisting businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities as they manage the process of changing our culture to be user friendly to disability and the effect the variety of health conditions can have on society.

*Disabilities can include any difficulty you are experiencing due to health conditions or aging, such as having difficulty seeing, hearing, communicating, thinking or walking.

State Advisory Council for Special Education meets January 25th, public comment welcome

The Oregon Department of Education will be holding a State Advisory Council for Special Education meeting on Thursday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Public Service Building, Room 251A/B, at 255 Capitol Street N.E. in Salem.

During this meeting, the Department of Education will seek advisement from the councils in regards to Special Education in the State of Oregon. 

Public Comment is welcome from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. A GoToMeeting call in option is available. Please email for additional information or to request a draft agenda. 

All meetings of the State Advisory Council for Special Education are open to the public and conform to Oregon public meeting laws. Staff respectfully requests that people wishing to testify submit 50 collated copies of written materials at the time of their testimony. Persons sharing video or using audio presentations are asked to contact Khansaa Bakri at 24 hours prior to the meeting. ADA accommodation requests should be made by calling 503-947-5823 7-10 days prior to January 25, 2018.

Visit Disability Program Website and Facebook page for more 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.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays 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.