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Disability NEWS – April 18, 2018

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April 18, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Portland’s Second Biennial Reel Abilities Disability Film Festival opens April 20th
  • Hear local candidates for the May Primary Election at the April 21 Candidate Forum
  • All Born (in) Cross-Disability Best Practices Inclusion Conference is Saturday
  • EMERJ-SafeNow offering self-defense course for Portland’s Deaf Community
  • NWADA Center is coordinating a Community of Practice event on April 25th
  • Come to MULTCO’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Interactive Info Fair on May 1
  • Lewis & Clark College conducting “Acting as Partners in Resistance to Ableism and Violence” workshop
  • Public is invited to a conversation about accessibility with METRO at two May discussions
  • Opportunities Section: TriMet Committee on Accessible Transportation Recruitment
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Portland’s Second Biennial Reel Abilities Disability Film Festival opens April 20th

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) presents the 2018 Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival starting Friday, April 20, and running through August 4, 2018. The Film Festival Opening and Disability Arts Event will be in the City Hall Atrium at 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The community is invited to celebrate this expression of Disability culture and pride with us by experiencing Disability art. There will be:

  • Opening remarks from Commissioner Chloe Eudal
  • Performance from the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company
  • Poetry readings
  • Visual art exhibit

There will also be film screenings from the Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival: 

Marina’s Ocean – A group of countryside students are preparing a special trip to the beach. Marina, a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome has a strong wish to visit the sea for the first time. Forbidden to travel with the other kids, Marina starts her own journey towards the Atlantic Ocean. 

Bumblebees – A romantic comedy short follows a young man as he prepares for his first date. “You don’t need to find somebody perfect or be somebody perfect, you just have to find another bumblebee to fly with.” 

Tale of the Golden Sand – The mythical tale of the sweet town of Merryville, where an unexpected intruder disrupts the daily calm. 

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. ReelAbilities is excited to bring these films back to Portland! 

Unlike other film festivals, all the films are captioned, and the organizers provide audio description and ASL interpreters at film showings. 

For more information about films, all Festival events, accommodations, or to volunteer: Visit the festival’s website or contact them at

Hear local candidates for the May Primary Election at the April 21 Candidate Forum

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 a Candidate Forum on Saturday, April 21, where the public may hear more about the candidates.

Attendees will hear from candidates for the Multnomah County Commission and Portland City Council on issues impacting community members of all ages and abilities. The event starts 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 candidate forum is at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Avenue. 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 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.

All Born (in) Cross-Disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference is Saturday

The 13th All Born (in) Conference is this 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

EMERJ-SafeNow offering self-defense course for People with Different Abilities

“Self-defense for the People with Different Abilities” is a workshop being offered on Sunday, April 22, by EMERJ-SafeNow. The three-hour workshop will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at Friendly House, 1737 N.W. 26th Avenue.

This workshop, designed for the disability community, starts with the understanding that loving yourself is the first line of self-defense. Participants are empowered to choose physical and non physical techniques and strategies that best suit their bodies and lifestyle. Workshop includes an ASL interpreter.

To sign up, call 503-459-3036 or visit EMERJ-SafeNow’s website. Inquiries may also be made by email.

EMERJ-SafeNow offers equity based, community involved, violence prevention sessions for organizations and groups.The focus is on serving the needs of vulnerable populations that are at high risk for violence and abuse.

NWADA Center is coordinating a Community of Practice event on April 25th

The Northwest ADA Center is excited to announce it is coordinating the 2.0 Community of Practice (CoP) event in Oregon on Wednesday, April 25, at Kaiser’s Westside Medical Center, 2875 NW Stucki Avenue in Hillsboro from 9 to 11 a.m. There are opportunities to share and discuss current practices implementing the ADA, including discussions with a very special guest.

Community of Practice in Oregon has a goal to provide a state-wide forum for ADA professionals and disability-focused community based organizations to network, connect, and build a community.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will join the session via live webcast. They will be providing information & best practices, using JAN as a resource, the interactive process, plus providing question and answer time. 

Here is the meeting agenda:

9:00 a.m.: CoP meeting to begin promptly with the opportunity to share and network
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: The Live Webcast with Matthew McCord from JAN
10:30 to 11 a.m.: Wrap up, discuss next steps, the 2018 ADA Celebration, and the fall meeting location.

Anyone who wishes to attend and participate may register at

For further information, Title 1 employment questions, or information to share, contact Carla Waring of the NWADA Center - Oregon staff by calling 503-841-5771 or emailing

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. The Northwest ADA Center is a part of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, and collaborates with the Center for Technology and Disability Studies, a program within the Center for Human Development and Disability.

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
  • Transitiion age services

Over 35 organizations will be staffing booths offering information and materials to the community. 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.

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

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.

Public is invited to a conversation about accessibility with METRO at two May discussions

Please join Metro staff and community members for a conversation about accessibility for people with disabilities in the Portland region. The conversation will focus on accessibility of Metro parks and nature facilities and how to improve regional government spaces and services. 

Participants will receive $50 dollars for their time and ideas – one gift card per household. Food will be provided. 

There will be two discussion groups held but space is limited. Please RSVP by Friday, April 27, by visiting the event links for your preferred time or by calling 503-813-7586. 

METRO is looking to have this conversation with people with disabilities, advocates for disability rights and caregivers for people with disabilities. 

2 to 4 p.m.
Independent Living Resources 
1839 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232 

10 a.m. to Noon
Metro Regional Center – Council Chambers
600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Communication aids, sign language interpreters or other modifications will be provided for those that request them. To make a request, reach Cassie Salinas, the meeting organizer, at 503-813-7586 or Questions may be directed to


TriMet Committee on Accessible Transportation Membership Recruitment
TriMet’s Committee on Accessible Transportation [] (CAT) is accepting applications through April 30, 2018, from persons who wish to be considered for an appointment to the CAT for terms beginning in July 2018. CAT advises the TriMet Board of Directors and staff on issues regarding District plans, policies, and programs for persons with disabilities and seniors. The Committee provides review and recommendations on issues ranging from current services to future plans. Anyone interested in applying should contact Kathy Miller by calling 503-962-8209 or emailing

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.