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Disability NEWS – February 21, 2018

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Above: The Banner for the Disability Program NEWS. 

February 21, 2018

  • The Disability Awareness Resource Team (DART) presents Healing Pathways for women
  • FACT Oregon offering an Assistive Technology event for parents with a child experiencing disability
  • Come and share your thoughts for the future park at the Gateway Green Community Gathering
  • National Federation of the Blind of Oregon offering up to five scholarships for 2018
  • Brain Injury Connections Northwest offering an educational/informational series
  • Disability Rights Oregon conducting its annual Disability Community Priorities Survey
  • GET REAL, an interactive forum theatre about employment and economic justice, is February 25
  • 2018 Spring Session of the Dreambuilders Alliance is March 1 and registration is open
  • Opportunities Section: Accessible Service Coordinator
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

The Disability Awareness Resource Team presents Healing Pathways for women

Are you a woman over the age of 18 who has a physical disability and has experienced depression? You are not alone. Join the Disability Awareness Resource Team’s (DART) Healing Pathways for a peer-to-peer journey with other women in a small group settng to create the postive changes you have within. Learn how to better understand yourself, be equipped with tools and techniques for healthy living, and form relationships with other women. This fourteen week series of classes will provide you with the tools to self-manage depression and look to a brighter future.

For more information about Healing Pathways, call Jan Campbell at 503-988-6481 or by emailing janc988@aol.com.

For information about DART, please contact Jill Tucker jillrtucker@gmail.com or 503.988.6481. Interested about volunteering? Contact Sue Winfree 503.988.6481 or suewinfree@hotmail.com

FACT Oregon offering an Assistive Technology event for parents with a child experiencing disability

On February 21, FACT Oregon is providing a training session from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room F112 at Oregon City High School, 19761 S. Beavercreek Road. “Assistive Technology: Creating Possibilities!” is free for family members and $25 for professionals and others needing a certificate.

Most people may not know it, but they use Assistive Technology (AT) every day. Learn how low- and high-tech AT can help a child reach their full potential at home, school, and in the community. Hear real-life examples and learn advocacy tips to make AT successful. Click this event link to learn more and register for the session.

FACT Oregon conducts 100+ trainings every year free for families, and also supports access to trainings by hosting webinars and a growing number of online trainings. Find more events and trainings on the FACT Oregon Online Calendar.

FACT Oregon believes in “a whole life” for families and individuals experiencing disability. This means a life that is beautifully ordinary, with close friends and relationships, a good job with a competitive wage, and one in which an individual is a member, participant, and contributor in their community.

Come and share your thoughts for the future park at the Gateway Green Community Gathering

The Gateway Green Community Gathering is Saturday, February 24, and provides an opportunity for everyone to help shape this future park in Portland. The gathering is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with presentations at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meet at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s building, 10301 N.E. Glisan Street.

Stop in to see a draft design and share your thoughts with Portland Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers who have been working on the project. Everyone is welcome with children’s activites and food provided.

For more information, contact barbara.hart@portlandoregon.gov or visit portlandoregon.gov.parks.gg.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. For accommodations, translations, complaints, and additional information, contact Art Hendricks at art.hendricks@portlandoregon.gov, use City TTY 503‐823‐6868, or Oregon Relay Service: 711. 

National Federation of the Blind of Oregon offering up to five scholarships for 2018

Up to five scholarships will be awarded by the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB-Oregon) this year to qualified applicants. At its fall state convention, the NFB-Oregon awards the scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.

There may be two scholarships awarded in the amount of $2,000; two in the amount of $3,000; and one in the amount of $5,000. The Len Hannon Scholarship (named for a former leader in the Oregon State Legislature and friend of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon) may be awarded to an individual who has been a winner in the past and continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people. The Len Hannon Scholarship, if awarded, may be for any of the monetary denominations deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Committee.

In addition to a scholarship, each winner will be brought to the NFB of Oregon State Convention at NFB-Oregon expense. This will provide an excellent opportunity for high level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations.

Information about the NFB of Oregon College Scholarship Program, applicant qualifications and the application process are available on the scholarship program’s webpage. The NFB of Oregon 2018 Scholarship application deadline is June 30, 2018.

Brain Injury Connections Northwest offering an educational/informational series

The first of a four-part educational/informational series is being offered by Brain Injury Connections Northwest for survivors of acquired or traumatic brain injuries on Saturday, February 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The series is titled “CAREGIVERS: How NOT to Lose Yourself Along the Journey” and will be in the Cancer Center Amphitheater at Providence Portland Medical Center, 4805 N.E. Glisan Street.

The caregivers meeting will begin with an introduction of the series, a preview of the presentation for the day, six presentations, discussion with questions and answers, and a wrap up.

The three other series will be:

  • TEAM BUILDING: Recruiting Your Own ‘A’ Team
  • MANAGING THE BUREAUCRACY: How to Address Your Legal and Financial Issues
  • ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES: Education, Vocation, Socialization

For more information about the CAREGIVERS: How NOT to Lose Yourself Along the Journey meeting on February 24, please visit the EventBrite website.

Brain Injury Connections Northwest is an umbrella organization that supports several programs and services that serve the brain injury community in the Portland metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. Its vision is to improve the quality of life of those affected by brain injury.

Disability Rights Oregon conducting its annual Disability Community Priorities Survey

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is conducting its annual survey regarding the needs of Oregonians with disabilities. The Disability Community Priorities Survey helps DRO to identify and prioritize areas in which to focus its resources in the coming year.

The survey may take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete online and is also available in alternative formats. The 2018 Community Insights Survey announcement is available on the DRO website where links are available to the online survey and to Word or pdf formats. DRO may also be contacted at 503-243-2081, 800-452-1694 or by emailing welcome@droregon.org.

Disability Rights Oregon is the protection & advocacy system for Oregon. It envisions a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. More information about DRO and its services is available at https://droregon.org/.

GET REAL, an interactive forum theatre about employment and economic justice, is February 25

REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits is staging “GET REAL,” an interactive work-in-progress forum theater about employment and economic justice, on Sunday, February 25. The event is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St #9.

Everyone is invited to learn about economic justice for people with disabilities in Oregon through the forum theater, and cultivate REAL change for our disability community. REAL:Reject Economic Ableist Limits is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP).

For accommodations, transit & parking info, and more, visit  “GET REAL”, or contact the DACP at disabilityartculture@gmail.com.

2018 Spring Session of the Dreambuilders Alliance is March 1 and registration is open now

FACT Oregon and Community Vision have announced that the 2018 Spring Session of the Dream Builders Alliance will begin on March 1. 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 to 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 March 1, 8, 15, 22; April 5 and 12 with dinner being provided. For more information or to apply, please contact Rachel Eaton, program coordinator by emailing reaton@csvision.org 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.

OPPORTUNITIES SECTION:

Accessible Service Coordinator

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has an opening for an Accessible Service Coordinator (Regulatory Program Administrator) and applications are being accepted now until 11:59 p.m. on February 26, 2018. PBOT has been directed to implement an Accessible Transportation Fund to improve Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) service by off-setting the higher costs of providing WAV service. The ideal candidate will have experience working with people with disabilities and experience with the Private for-Hire Transportation (PFHT) industry. More information about the position, including the application process, is available at this link. Please refer any questions to the contact information provided on the website.

This is the first posting in the Disability NEWS new Opportunities Section. An introductory story was published in the February 7th NEWS that this new section will work to get the word out to the broadest possible audience and to make it easier for people to locate these opportunities in our D-NEWS.

Remember, contact Joanne at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970 to share opportunities in the NEWS, offer updates on your experience, or request support and disability-related resources.

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 disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov. 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.