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Disability NEWS – March 21, 2018

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Above: The banner of the Disability Program NEWS

March 21, 2018

 Inside This Issue:

  • See “Free Falling: The Story of John Fleming, Thrillseeker” at ILR on March 31
  • MULTCO unveils 2018 campaign for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Audio/transcription is available online for DACP’s November Dis/Representation discussion
  • OODH seeking adults for new education video featuring persons with IDD who have quit tobacco
  • NAMI Multnomah providing free Family-to-Family program with two separate sessions in April
  • Opportunity section featuring three different opportunities to work on disability issues
  • Registration is open now for All Born (in) Cross-Disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference
  • Lewis & Clark holding a “Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body” workshop
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

See “Free Falling: The Story of John Fleming, Thrillseeker” at ILR on March 31

A documentary about John Fleming, the first known skydiver to jump solo while blind, is being shown Saturday, March 31, at 7 and 8 p.m. The short film screening “Free Falling: The Story of John Fleming, Thrillseeker” will be at Independent Living Resources, 1839 N.E. Couch Street.

John Fleming, known as “Blind John” among skydivers, has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane over 1900 times. More than 1200 of those jumps were made after he lost his sight. 

The film’s producers are on a mission to tell his story and are inviting the public to see the short film and learn about bringing John’s story to the big screen in a full-length documentary. More information is available on the Free Falling Facebook event page. Learn more about John when he was featured in a Los Angeles Times article.

MULTCO unveils 2018 campaign for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

During March Multnomah County's Department of County Human Services’ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services Division is debuting an advertising campaign as part of a month-long effort to increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The campaign is titled “Diversity. Inclusion. Equity” and is featured on 22 TriMet buses.  The campaign features pictures of young people of diverse backgrounds successfully working, learning and living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 

To learn more about the “Diversity. Inclusion. Equity” awareness campaign, visit the Multnomah County Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services Division website.

 Audio/transcription is available online for DACP’s November Dis/Representation discussion

An audio recording and accessible transcript are available to the community for the November Immigrants & Refugees with Disabilities Panel, one of Dis/Representation’s Evolving Disability Conversations. Panelists Saara Hirsi and Abdi Mohamed led the discussion that addressed systemic issues of Isolation, Employment, and Education faced by refugees with disabilities.

The discussion is in an audio format or accessible transcript on this impactful topic for the community and is posted on the Disability Art and Culture Project’s (DACP) website. Dis/Representation is a program of the DACP and made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and DACP’s partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services. 

OODH seeking adults for new education video featuring persons with IDD who have quit tobacco

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) is excited about a new educational video they are creating that features people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) who have quit tobacco. This tobacco cessation video is the result of a collaborative partnership with Oregon Health Authority and Special Olympics Oregon. 

The video will feature three or four people with IDD who have quit tobacco, including smoking and/or chewing. If you or someone you know might fit that description, the invitation is open to try for one of the parts.

Those who are selected will be featured in the video and their message will be shared state-wide through the Oregon Health Authority’s and OODH’s website. They will also receive paid travel and lodging (within approved travel distance) and also a $100 gift card.

Those interested, should contact Angela Weaver at or 503-494-1205 by April 1, 2018. 

OODH is a public health entity under the Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University. The mission of OODH is to prevent secondary conditions and improve the health and quality of life for Oregonian's with disabilities. Through improved access to health care and public health programs, OODH provides effective health promotion and wellness programs to Oregonians with disabilities of all ages. 

NAMI Multnomah providing free Family-to-Family program with two separate sessions in April

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The NAMI Multnomah affiliate is conducting two separate sessions of Family-to-Family.

Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

The first Family-to-Family class will meet for 12 consecutive Saturdays, April 14th through June 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Northeast Portland. The second class meets in downtown Portland from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, April 14th through June 30th. Pre-registration is required and is now open for the courses. To register in the class, just register with NAMI Multnomah’s HelpLine by calling 503-228-5692.

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.


Social media intern at Disability Rights Oregon
Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is looking for an intern — based anywhere in Oregon — who can help build its online community and move them to act. This is an exciting opportunity to help DRO to grow its social media presence and recommend new strategies to leverage media channels to further our organizational goals. This volunteer position will plan/produce content and also measure results. More information about this opportunity is available at the DRO website.

Disability Equity Strategic Planner for PCOD Request for Proposals
The Office of Equity and Human Rights is seeking proposals from individuals, firms, teams and consultants with demonstrated experience in research, analysis and strategic planning in regard to government and the engagement of people with disabilities. The City is seeking a consultant to work with the Commission on Disability and Disability Equity staff to create a strategic proposal that will meet the needs of the City, the Commission members and Portlanders with disabilities for the foreseeable future. This Intermediate Request For Proposals (IRFP) for a Disability Equity Strategic Planner For Commission On Disability is now open and closes at 4 p.m., March 26. The IFRP will provide further information about the position and process. It may be downloaded by going to the solicitation website and clicking on the file attachment 00000868RFP.pdf.

Panelist for a Presentation and Discussion on Disability in the Workforce
For Public Health Week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is holding a presentation and panel discussion on Thursday April 5, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. Donna Harris from the OHA is looking for a few panelists who are people with disabilities and willing to share their experiences with others. Contact Donna at her email address or call 971-673-3217 with questions or if offering to participate on the panel.

Registration is open now for All Born (in) Cross-Disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference

It’s that time of year again for the 13th All Born (in) Conference on Saturday, April 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Boulevard. Register now to join parents, educators, professionals, self-advocates and allies who come together for a day of learning and sharing around inclusion at the largest educational inclusion conference in the Northwest! 

This year, the conference’s special keynote speakers are behavior specialist David Pitonyak and educator and former OSEP director Melody Musgrove. 

Panel discussions are lined up as well as special guests, a presentation from the Social Justice Youth Program you will not want to miss,. Plus there is music, enterainment, an art sale, and more! 

Click here for the All Born (in) website for more information and links to register for attendance.

Lewis & Clark holding a “Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body” workshop

“Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body” is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in Lewis & Clark Graduate School’s South Chapel, 615 S.W. Palatine Road. In this workshop, participants will look at the dominant political framing of disability, examine its relationship to gender-based oppression and racial oppression, while exploring a counter-narrative where all bodies and communities are valued.

Everyone has some relationship to what is considered the “normal” or the “non-normative” body, and it’s likely a relationship laced with assumptions, judgement, and unacknowledged power and privilege. The goal of this workshop is to support participants in their commitment to an intersectional political analysis which centralizes people of color and integrates disability oppression as a component of a justice based analysis of current conditions. 

The afternoon will be divided into three portions: A three-hour workshop with Patricia Berne via Zoom and in-person facilitation with Nomy Lamm, a screening of the 32 minute documentary “Sins Invalid,” and participant questions and answers.

Berne is co-founder, executive and artistic director of Sins Invalid, a disability justice-based performance project centralizing disabled artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming artists with disabilities.

Visit the Lewis & Clark website for the “Asserting a New Vision for the Revolutionary Body” workshop for more information. Find details about accessibility needs and accommodations; registration details, and more in-depth info about the presenters and Sins Invalid. Registration closes March 23.

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.