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Disability NEWS – May 2, 2018

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May 2, 2018

In This Issue:

  • DRO’s Easy Voting Guide can help people with disabilities to vote in May Primary Election
  • Public is invited to a conversation about accessibility with METRO at two May discussions
  • FREE 3-Hour Rentals at Adaptive BIKETOWN throughout May to Celebrate Bike Month
  • Incight/JobsNow’s “Get Ahead” event to help land a job, change a career or position
  • City launches pilot program aimed to help employment for people with disabilities
  • OHSU’s 2018 IDD Transition Fair will help youth transition to adult healthcare services
  • All Born (in) conducting an RLC Event: Understanding Your Child’s Behavior next Saturday
  • Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to hold June classes for new volunteers
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DRO’s Easy Voting Guide can help persons with disabilities to vote in May Primary Election

A non-partisan Easy Voting Guide offered by Disability Rights Oregon is available to assist persons with disabilities fully participate in the May 15 primary election. DRO publishes the guide in partnership with the Secretary of State Elections Division for the May and November federal elections.

The Easy Voting Guide is accessible, with large print, high contrast, graphic icons, in print as an accessible pdf and as an online version. Print copies may be requested by calling 888-339-VOTE (8683).

DRO offers more information about voting on its website which includes links to the Easy Voting Guide, DRO’s Voting Brochure, a Voting Handbook, and the publication: Assisting Voters with Disabilities — a Guide for Family, Friends and Providers. 

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

FREE 3-Hour Rentals at Adaptive BIKETOWN throughout May to Celebrate Bike Month

In celebration of Bike Month, Adaptive BIKETOWN is offering FREE 3-hour Adaptive BIKETOWN rentals, all through May. The Adaptive BIKETOWN 2018 pilot program begins May 1, and runs through Sept. 30.

People with disabilities and others who qualify for a TriMet Honored Citizens Pass can ride Adaptive BIKETOWN for up to three hours a day. Their rides will be free for the month. Members of the general public who would like to try an adaptive bike using Adaptive BIKETOWN will be charged the normal hourly rate. 

Adaptive BIKETOWN bikes will be available for rent online, or by visiting the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s rental partner, Kerr Bikes, at their Eastbank Esplanade/OMSI location, 1945 SE Water Ave., Bldg B, Portland, OR 97214. More details and hours of operation are available online at the Adaptive BIKETOWN website.

Incight/JobsNow’s “Get Ahead” event to help land a job, change a career or position

JobsNow and Incight are conducting a free event, “Get Ahead,” on May 8 that is focused on getting a first job, change industries or advance in a career. It will be held in Incight’s eighth floor conference room at 111 Southwest Columbia Street from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.

Attendees can network with peers and enjoy free pizza for dinner. There will be a special presentation, Winning at Work, provided by special keynote speaker Vail Horton. He is the owner of a $12 million dollar company in the Northwest. He has more than 20 years of hiring and management experience, hiring more than 1,500 employees. Vail will discuss:

  • Resume Basics
  • Confidence in Interviews
  • Job Search Best Practices

There is limited space available for this event, and it is expected that these 45 spots will fill fast. Register now for the event to reserve a place.

City launches pilot program aimed to help employment for people with disabilities

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish launched a pilot program at the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services that breaks through barriers of employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

This partnership resulted in a positive story that aired on KGW television about Project SEARCH. It aims at helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain skills and employment.

“I’m proud that we’re eliminating barriers and creating opportunity,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “Our Project SEARCH interns are outstanding team members who help us serve the public better. I look forward to expanding this successful program.”

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience unemployment rates of more than 70 percent, nationally. Project SEARCH graduates often achieve a 75 percent rate of successfully attaining paid work after graduation, defined as receiving the prevailing wage, as being performed in an integrated setting, and is 16 hours weekly or more.

At the Water Bureau, interns are performing work in areas that translate to jobs – from digitizing and archiving records, to assembling water safety test kits to staffing the reception desk. They are working on teams and integrating with Water Bureau employees in Dispatch, Water Quality, Safety and Records.

Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services are working with the City’s Bureau of Human Resources to develop two full-time positions – one at each bureau – to hire interns directly from this internship to become fully paid bureau employees. There will be a report to City Council in July, recommending that this partnership with Project SEARCH be expanded Citywide.

OHSU’s 2018 IDD Transition Fair will help youth transition to adult healthcare services

The Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is inviting youth and their families to its Fifth Annual Transition Fair – “Passport to a Healthy Future” on Saturday May 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. This free resource fair and workshop will take place at Mt. Hood Community College with free, accessible parking available.

This free event emphasizes a holistic approach to adolescent transition for young people (ages 12 to 26) who experience disability. This event will feature transition resources from community vendors, as well as a series of presentations for individuals, families, and providers. Specific features are a Family to Family Workshop for parents and a youth workshop, titled “Taking Charge of my Healthcare.”

This event will also provide:

  • Education on important transition topics related to transitioning into adulthood
  • Access to community resources
  • Connections with service providers and community programs for transitioning youth
  • Information on health and wellness resources for youth and families

Register to attend at and visit the event website for more information and materials. 

All Born (in) conducting an RLC Event: Understanding Your Child’s Behavior next Saturday

All Born (in)’s Reciprocal Learning Community (RLC) invites parents to join it for a fun and interactive session exploring how to help children meet their needs and how to effectively address non-verbal communication. This free cross-disability session will be Saturday, May 12, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 S.E. 80th Avenue.

Parents will learn Early Childhood Positive Behavior Interventions and other tools to address challenging behavior. The event is designed for parents and guardians of children up to five years of age with a disability and for professionals who support them.

Spanish translation is available with a morning snack, beverages, and family lunch provided. Presenters are to be announced and there will be additional speakers, family stories, resource tables and Northwest Down Syndrome Association updates, too.

Registration is required and is done online at this web link. Contact Jamie Burch by calling 503-238-0522 or emailing

The Reciprocal Learning Community is a network of families, educators and health professionals who come together several times a year for interactive workshops. These workshops help parents of children with disabilities become informed, empowered experts on their children’s development and wellness. RLC is one of the programs conducted by All Born (in). ABI started in 2005 as a parent-driving initiative in pursuit of an inclusive, civil society, created by Northwest Down Syndrome Association in partnership with Portland State University, the Universal Design for Living and Learning Coalition, and many other innovative partners. 

Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office to hold June classes for new volunteers

Certified Ombudsman Volunteers from the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman Office (LTCO) are independent citizen advocates who visit the residents of long-term care facilities and identify complaints or concerns. They work independently to investigate these complaints and work with the staff to resolve problems, advocating from the resident point of view.

Currently, the LTCO office is recruiting volunteers and will hold training classes in June for the Portland Metropolitan Area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties). The dates are June 6, 7, 13,14, and 28 and are to be held in Clackamas County. Trainings are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and attendees must be present for the full duration of the training to advance to certification.

Certified Ombudsman Volunteers advocate, educate, and investigate on behalf of the resident, for the resident, to protect their rights and dignity. This role is best suited for someone who has 16 flexible hours to volunteer each month.

A volunteer ombudsman's personal satisfaction comes from knowing that this service improves the lives of vulnerable seniors and others in long-term care. The gratitude of residents (and/or their families) is only one reward for the valuable contribution this advocacy makes to residents' health and happiness. In addition to personal satisfaction a volunteer gains knowledge of long term care that may be invaluable to them or family members in the future. Volunteers sharpen their communication, negotiation and research skills.

To volunteer, to become a certified ombudsman, or to report a concern to the Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman, go to or call (800) 522-2602. Volunteers attend initial and ongoing training and work closely with State Ombudsman staff to advocate for and protect the rights of residents. Specific information about LTCO volunteers may be found on the volunteer section of the LTCO website. There is also a webinar being offered on May 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. to learn about becoming a Certified Omsbudsman for LTOC.

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.

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