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Disability NEWS – March 7, 2018

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March 7, 2018

  • Join FACT Oregon and Shriners Hospital at the 2018 Assistive Technology Resource Fair
  • Portland Commission on Disability monthly meeting is this Friday, March 9
  • Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter monthly meeting is March 19
  • “Who Am I To Stop It,” a Portland-made documentary, showing March 20 on OHSU campus
  • Incight’s JobsNow hosting the Portland Job Fair on March 20th for jobseekers with disabilities
  • Meaningful Care Conference is March 29 for healthcare 
  • and social service professionals serving the LGBTQ+ community 29
  • Disability Rights Oregon conducting its annual Disability Community Priorities Survey
  • NWDSA announces new website for All Born (in) with 2018 Conference to be April 21
  • Columbia University Medical Center conducting survey on precision medical research
  • Opportunities Section: Youth position opening on Planning and Sustainability Commission
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Join FACT Oregon and Shriners Hospital at the 2018 Assistive Technology Resource Fair

See Assistive Technology (AT) in action on Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Living a WHOLE Life with Assistive Technology Resources Fair hosted by Shriners Children’s Hospital and FACT Oregon. AT is being brought to you at 3101 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road with free parking in the Shriner’s parking garage.

Visit the fourth floor of Shriners Hospital for a one-stop-shop opportunity to access multiple stations dedicated to Assistive Technology.

See what AT looks like in pretend/adaptive play; writing/reading/schoolwork; telling stories; eating/drinking; music; games; art; mobility/movement; AT and the IEP; and funding options for AT/ACC.

All AT users are welcome but no childcare will be provided. To register for the fair, go to the registration website.

For interpretation needs, please provide three business days’ notice: (503) 786-6082 or email

Portland Commission on Disability monthly meeting is this Friday, March 9

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) monthly meeting is this Friday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in the Steel Room at the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), Commonwealth Building, 5th floor, 421 S.W. 6th Avenue in downtown Portland.

There will be a report from OEHR Director Koffi Dessou, committee updates, a liaison report, and general housekeeping. There is also time set aside for public comment and announcements from 11:45 to 12:05 p.m.

ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided. Other accommodations are available on request. Please notify the commission in advance of scheduled events if accommodations or translations are needed. Because some accommodations take time to arrange, it is suggested to provide at least three business days’ notice. To make requests, file complaints, or for additional information, please contact Nickole Cheron by emailing or calling 503.823.4938. Use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter monthly meeting is March 19

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Portland Chapter, will hold its March meeting in the second floor Conference Room at Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 N.W. 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street. The meeting is Monday, March 19, and will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The main topic of the meeting will be a discussion about communicating with the people we interact with in-person and frequently (family, close friends, co-workers, etc). All attendees are invited to bring someone they communicate with often, a person who is willing to discuss their communication questions and issues with the group. 

The group will also conduct other chapter business while providing a supportive atmosphere for participants to meet other hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. 

Monthly chapter meetings are real-time captioned (CART) and there is an induction loop amplification system (usable by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils). ASL is not provided. Meetings are accessible by Tri-Met lines 15 and 77 and the Portland Streetcar, which all stop within two blocks. The membership meetings are on the third Monday, September through May, at Good Samaritan, and are open to all. See for more info about HLAA-Portland.

“Who Am I To Stop It,” a Portland-made documentary, showing March 20 on OHSU campus

The Oregon Health & Science University Brain Institute invites the community to attend a special screening of the award-winning documentary “Who Am I To Stop It” by directors Cheryl Green and Cynthia Lopez. The screening will be Tuesday, March 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the Vey Auditorium at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, 700 Southwest Campus Drive, on the 11th floor. The film has open captions and there are a few open spots for wheelchair seating.

“Who Am I To Stop It” is a Portland-made documentary about the traumatic brain injury community made by a filmmaker with disabilities from brain injury. It follows three artists as they navigate social isolation, stigma, and rebuilding their identities. They practice the arts to re-connect to their own sense of self-pride and to their larger communities. Rather than emphasize how people got injured or highlight medical aspects of disability, the video explores consequences of internalized ableism and the ways in which many brain injury survivors feel they are not accommodated or understood. Through visual arts, music, and sharing their stories, the subjects explore questions around poverty, sexuality, faith, family, success, and community. 

This event is free and attendees are requested to RSVP Cupcakes for sale at the event will be from Sarah Bellum's Workshop & Bakery, a social enterprise bakery that supports adults with brain injury to return to work and life by baking delicious, hand-crafted cupcakes.

More information about “Who Am I To Stop It” is available at and This film is fiscally-sponsored by the Hollywood Theatre and distributed by New Day Films.

Incight’s JobsNow hosting the Portland Job Fair on March 20th for jobseekers with disabilities

Incight is currently offering a high-energy, results-oriented Job Fair on Tuesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway. JobsNow will offer great resources to job seekers looking to find a job or advance their career.

Participants will learn:

  • How to pitch yourself to employers
  • Application and resume best practices
  • How to maximize your job fair experience

These events are open to every person, regardless of ability, education or field of interest. There is a brief training session with job seekers before the fair to promote successful employer interaction. Also offered are employer- and public-partner-designed seminars during the event that teach resume writing, interviewing skills, internship application and more.

Register to attend and see employers at or call 971-244-0305. More information about Incight is available at

Since 2004, INCIGHT has successfully assisted people in their search for sustainable employment. INCIGHT promotes inclusion in the workplace and partners with businesses and the community to connect skilled and talented candidates with employers that are interested in diversifying their workforce.

JobsNow is an exciting new initiative powered by INCIGHT. INCIGHT and JobsNow offer high-energy employment programs that achieve exceptional results for candidates and employers. Joblessness and long-term unemployment is detrimental to the individual, the family and society. A job provides a person with hope, purpose and resources. The programs instill empowerment and expectation that helps people explore careers and find a rewarding job.

Meaningful Care Conference is March 29 for healthcare and social service professionals serving the LGBTQ+ community

Happening on March 29, 2018, the Meaningful Care Conference s a day-long training event for healthcare and social service professionals to increase their knowledge about serving members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as community members and policy makers. The 2018 conference theme is “LGBTQ+ Health: Advancing A Diverse Community Together.”

The knowledge shared at this conference is intended to improve health care provision, utilization, satisfaction, and outcomes for LGBTQ+ consumers through expanding access to culturally competent care.

The Meaningful Care Conference is pleased to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Shane Snowden, Principal at Edgework Consulting and formerly the Founding Director of National LGBT Health & Aging Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Founding Director of National Center for LGBT Health & Equity at University of California San Francisco. 

Continuing education credit will be available for conference attendees. Previous Meaningful Care Conferences have been accredited by the following organizations: 

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Oregon Board of Pharmacy
  • National Association of Social Workers – Oregon Chapter
  • Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO)
  • The National University of Natural Medicine

If there is accrediting body which participants wish the organizers to include, please email For conference related questions, please email

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

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

NWDSA announces new website for All Born (in) Conference, being held April 21

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association has consolidated all of its cross-disability program resources and events, including the All Born (in) annual conference at a new website. NWDSA asks the community to take a look and update their bookmarks. All of NWDSA’s Down syndrome information and resources can still be found at

NWDSA has announced that the All Born (in) Conference will be Saturday, April 21, and registration will begin soon.

The 13th annual conference features over 30 workshops spanning early childhood to college transition, keynote presentations by behavior specialist David Pitonyak and educator and former OSEP director Melody Musgrove, panel discussions, special guests, entertainment, art sale, and much more.

The annual All Born (in) Conference is an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in schools and the communities. Learn how to use Universal Design for Learning and Best Practices to reach and teach every child, share, and make connections so that we can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that our children are all born “in”.

Columbia University Medical Center conducting survey on precision medical research

A team of researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York is conducting an online survey. The topic of the survey is precision medicine research. Precision medicine research looks at a person’s genetics (what they inherit from their families), their environment, and lifestyle. This type of research can help preventing and diagnosing diseases and developing new treatments. 

It is important to learn what people with disabilities think about precision medicine research. Participants are not being asked to volunteer for precision medicine research. The request is to take the online Survey if you may have one of the following: 

  • Blindness or low vision 
  • Deafness or hard of hearing 
  • Physical disability 
  • Autism 
  • Intellectual or developmental disability 
  • Learning disability 
  • Mental health or psychosocial disability 

The survey asks what participants think about precision medicine research, and for some information about them. The answers are valuable and will help researchers design the proposed precision medicine study. Participants will receive a $25 gift card if they complete the survey. 

The Survey is in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). It can be completed with accessibility programs like screen readers. To take the Survey, please go to Survey Monkey and choose English, Spanish or ASL. It may take up to 25 minutes to finish the Survey. Participants may also stop at any time. 

Answers will not be linked to a person’s name, and the researchers will not know anyone’s identity. If you have questions about the survey, please contact: 

Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, at, 646-774- 8616 or Paul Appelbaum, MD, at, 646-774-8630.


Youth position opening on Planning and Sustainability Commission

To continue to increase the diversity of the City’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), one position is filled by a younger community member. The PSC is seeking someone who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building, sustainability initiatives and efforts to make Portland a thriving, livable city for all. The PSC reviews numerous long-range planning projects, and a youth perspective is especially important since today’s youth will be those inheriting our efforts. Engaging youth on the PSC provides a new perspective and opinion on issues that will help shape the future of the city.

More information about the position, including the application process, is available at this link.

Remember, contact Joanne at 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 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.