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Disability NEWS – April 4, 2018

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April 4, 2018

In This Issue…

  • Incight & JobsNow’s Rockwood/Gresham Job Fair will be April 10th
  • Hear local candidates for the May Primary Election at two Elders in Action Candidate Forums
  • Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter monthly meeting will be April 16
  • Calling Local Disabled Artists: Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival accepting visual art submissions
  • Come to MULTCO’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Interactive Info Fair on May 1
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Multnomah is providing free Family-to-Family program sessions in April
  • Register now for All Born (in) Cross-Disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference
  • National Federation of the Blind of Oregon is offering five scholarships for 2018
  • Lewis & Clark College holding “Acting as Partners in Resistance to Ableism and Violence” workshop
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Incight & JobsNow’s Rockwood/Gresham Job Fair will be April 10th

Incight & JobsNow is offering a high-energy, results-oriented Job Fair on Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16022 S.E. Stark Street. Whether looking for a job or advancing your career, there will be employers ready to hire people of all skill levels, education backgrounds, abilities and fields of interest.

This job fair will offer great resources to job seekers looking to find a job or advance their career. Every job seeker who participates will receive training how to make a good first impression and effectively communicate with the employers. Resume review and other job search advice will also be available to all who are interested.

The event is open to every person, regardless of ability, education or field of interest. Register to attend and see employers at JobsNow.org/events or call 971-244-0305. More information about Incight is available at www.incight.org.

Since 2004, Incight has successfully assisted people in their search for sustainable employment. It 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 and offers high-energy employment programs that achieve exceptional results for candidates and employers.

Hear local candidates for the May Primary Election at two Elders in Action Candidate Forums

The 2018 Oregon Primary Election will be May 18th with local candidates vying for positions on Multnomah County’s Commission and Portland’s City Council. Elders in Action is conducting two Candidate Forums where the public may hear more about the candidates.

The first forum will features candidates for the Multnomah County Commission regarding issues facing older adults in the county. It will be Tuesday, April 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Impact Northwest Multi-Cultural Center, 4610 S.E. Belmont Street.

The second Candidate Forum is Saturday, April 21, at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Avenue. Attendees may hear from candidates for the Multnomah County Commission and Portland City Council  on issues impacting community members of all ages. The event stars at 10 a.m. with City of Portland Candidates speaking until 11 a.m. The Multnomah County Candidates will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Anyone who wishes to request accommodation for either forum may contact Elders in Action by emailing joann@eldersinaction.org or calling 503-595-7530.

Elders in Action is the voice for older adults in the Portland metro area. It advocates for change in the areas of housing, elder abuse and exploitation, isolation and access to services. 

Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter monthly meeting will be April 16

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Portland Chapter, will hold its March meeting at Room 306 on Good Samaritan Building 2’s third floor, 1040 N.W. 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street. The meeting is Monday, April 16, and will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please note that the meeting location has changed to the third floor.

The guest speaker will be Carol Studenmund of LNS Captioning. Carol will talk about developments in captioning at live events. Captioning helps people with all levels of hearing loss to participate in organized events. In Portland, live captioned events include Portland Trail Blazers basketball games at the Moda Center, touring Broadway shows at the Keller Auditorium, and live theater at Portland Center Stage and Artists Repertory Theater. LNS is one of the local companies that provide captioning at live events and also for many pre-recorded TV shows. Please keep in mind: Since the Moda Center is set up for live captioning, at this time, other events held there besides Blazers’ games can be captioned but only when ticket buyers request it ahead of time.

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 hlaa-or.org/portland-chapter.html for more info about HLAA-Portland.

Calling Local Disabled Artists: Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival accepting visual art submissions

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites local artists with disabilities to submit artwork for inclusion in an exhibit in the City Hall Atrium, as part of the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival. The exhibit will be on display April 16 to April 20, 2018. 

If your artwork is accepted, you will be responsible for delivering your work on April 13 between 11 a.m .and 1 p.m. to City Hall, 1221 S.W. 4th Avenue, and picking your work up on Monday, April 23 between 11am and 1pm. If you need an accommodation for delivery, please contact by emailing disabilityartculture@gmail.com.

Learn more about submitting your artwork, including the deadline, artwork requirements, and submission instructions, by visiting the Portland ReelAbilities Artist Call website.

The Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival is a partnership between DACP and national film festival ReelAbilities. ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country. The organizations is excited to bring these films back to Portland!

Come to MULTCO’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Interactive Info Fair on May 1

Join Multnomah County and other organizations for the 2018 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Interactive Info Fair on Tuesday, May 1, from 2 to 5 p.m.. Learn about critical IDD services and enjoy raffle prizes, activities for all ages and music at 11826 N.E. Glisan Street.

There will be information about free services, including:

  • Summer activities
  • ISP assistance
  • Employment
  • Residential options
  • Behavior consultation
  • Support Service Brokerages
  • Relief care
  • Transition age services

There is free parking, food and refreshments. Find out more, including having an email reminder sent to you, on the Multnomah County 2018 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Fair website.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Multnomah is providing free Family-to-Family program sessions in April

NAMI Family-to-Family [https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/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 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.

Register 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!

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”.

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 www.nwdsa.org

National Federation of the Blind of Oregon is offering five scholarships for 2018

Up to five scholarships will be awarded by the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB of 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.

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

Lewis & Clark College holding “Acting as Partners in Resistance to Ableism and Violence” workshop

Join Patricia Berne, Co-Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the documentary “Sins Invalid” for a workshop analyzing the social construction of disability on Friday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Participants will identify its relationship to both interpersonal and institutional forms of violence, and explore the current iterations and historical underpinnings of violence against people with disabilities.

From this starting point, together the group will undermine this dominant understanding of disability as pathology by examining the medical model of disability; looking at the social model of disability through a Disability Justice lens; and reviewing principles of alliance as reflected in Disability Justice principles. 

The workshop will embody the ways in which non-disabled community members can support disabled community members who are being isolated, targeted and/or scapegoated through individual reflection, pair work, small group work, role plays and multiple stopping points for questions and answers. 

Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project centralizing disabled artists of color and queer and gender non-conforming artists with disabilities. Patricia Berne’s training in clinical psychology focused on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state violence. Her professional background includes offering mental health support to survivors of violence and advocating for LGBTQI and disability perspectives within the field of reproductive genetic technologies. Berne’s experiences as a Japanese- Haitian queer disabled woman provides grounding for her work creating “liberated zones” for marginalized voices. She is widely recognized for her work to establish the framework and practice of disability justice. 

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public. The location is to be announced.

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.

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