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Disability NEWS – May 16, 2018

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May 16, 2018

In this issue…

  • Visor & wallet cards will help law enforcement communicate with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Oregonians
  • DRO’s Executive Director Bob Joondeph is retiring, Board begins search for new leader
  • SBAO provides support for parents, children, and adults experiencing Spina Bifida
  • Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair will be May 22 in the Salem Convention Center
  • Help TriMet plan more and better service by attending a workshop in your area
  • Wilsonville Festival of Arts to feature art, dance and film by, about and for people of all abilities
  • OPPORTUNITIES SECTION: Reproductive Justice Fellow at Western States Center
  • Register now for FACT Oregon’s 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Visor & wallet cards will help law enforcement communicate with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Oregonians

Visor and wallet cards have been created to serve as a tool to assist with communications between individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and law enforcement officers. The cards are the product of a partnership between the Oregon Association for the Deaf (OAD), the Public Safety Subcommittee of the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee (ODHHS), and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The cards are being distributed by the Oregon Association for the Deaf, and their local and regional partners; the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Program; local law enforcement agencies; and other organizations that work with deaf and hard of hearing Oregonians.

The partnership between the three organizations, OAD, ODHHS and DPSST, has resulted in an update to the basic police curriculum used to train new law enforcement officers, and also deaf and hard of hearing role players who participate in scenario-based training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Past president of OAD and current state employee with ODHHS, Chad A. Ludwig said "it takes a village's effort to promote public safety, awareness, and communication. The goal for two-sided visor and wallet communication card is to minimize the barrier in the field and allow each member involved in any type of legal related incidents to build rapport. The communication card is not intended to replace trained, certified and qualified sign language interpreters in the legal system. This move is a positive step that improves safety for individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and those with additional disability, as well as law enforcement partners across Oregon."

DRO’s Executive Director Bob Joondeph is retiring, Board begins search for new leader

For more than four decades, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has served as Oregon's Protection and Advocacy agency. Promoting and defending the rights of Oregonians with disabilities has made a remarkable impact.

Disability Rights Oregon is now approaching a moment of tremendous change. After three decades of leading the organization to where it stands today, Executive Director Bob Joondeph is retiring. His leadership has played an integral role in fostering DRO's reputation as a highly respected advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Oregonians with disabilities.

With his upcoming departure, the Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization, by building on its past success and charting a course toward an even more promising future. The job opening has been posted and the position is located in Portland.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 20, 2018. Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing, in detail, their interest in the position and the experience that demonstrates their ability to contribute to the future of DRO and its client community. The letter should be accompanied by a current resume, and the names of three references with contact information. Electronic submissions are preferred. Materials should be emailed to Mailed submissions will also be accepted. Mail to: DRO Search Committee PO Box 1625, Portland, Oregon 97207. Anyone who would like to submit an application in an alternate format, may contact DRO by emailing or 503-243-2081.

For any questions regarding the process, please call Michael Bailey, Search Committee Chair, 503-504-0318.

DRO offers a competitive salary and benefits package. DRO is an equal opportunity employer. DRO encourages candidates with disabilities, women, persons of color, and others who represent distinct linguistic or cultural communities to apply.

Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair will be May 22 in the Salem Convention Center

Incight & JobsNow is offering a high-energy, results-oriented Job Fair on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial 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 or call 971-244-0305. More information about Incight and JobsNow is available on Incight or JobsNow websites.

SBAO provides support for parents, children, and adults experiencing Spina Bifida

The Spina Bifida Association of Oregon (SBOA) announces that it has re-energized and expanded to include access to bilingual support. SBOA is a support group for parents, children, and adults experiencing Spina Bifida.

SBOA is extending an invitation to join them in meeting other families, having fun, and expanding knowledge together about Spina Bifida. To learn more, call Margaret at 919-4481625 or Jill at 503-798-2691. The organization has a website and Facebook page for those who are looking for more information about SBOA.

Help TriMet plan more and better service by attending a workshop in your area

How would you make transit better? Come and share your ideas at an upcoming workshop hosted by TriMet in your area. Four workshops are being held and feedback from community members gathered at these workshops will help make some big, long-lasting determinations of how the revenue generated by the new House Bill 2017 Transportation Act will be used to improve transit service throughout the region.

The first 75 people who RSVP for the workshops will receive a $25 gift card if they attend. A light dinner will be provided. To RSVP, please visit: Also, TriMet is able to provide childcare, translation and other accommodations at the workshops, but only if folks RSVP. It is possible to also RSVP by calling Daphne at 503-374-8826.

Attend a workshop in your area:

  • Clackamas County: Wednesday, May 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Milwaukie High School, 2301 S.E. Willard Street, Milwaukie
  • North Portland: Thursday, May 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Self Enhancement Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Avenue
  • East Multnomah County: Wednesday, June 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m., IRCO, 10301 N.E. Glisan Street
  • Washington County: Thursday, June 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro

Ride Connection is able to provide transportation to and from the workshops. It’s often harder for folks to attend if they are transit dependent – especially if they live outside of the central city core and/or the workshops are in the evening. For those need transit fare, Ride Connection is able to provide that. Those who are reluctant to attend because they don’t think they can make it to and from the workshops on Transit, please contact Ride Connection’s service center at 503-226-0700 and request door-to-door transportation to the event.

Wilsonville Festival of Arts to feature art, dance and film by, about and for people of all abilities

Attendees to the Wilsonville Festival of Art (WFA) will see, hear, feel, taste and/or otherwise experience contemporary art in all its forms. The festival will be at Wilsonville’s Town Center Park, 29800 SW Park Place in Wilsonville, on June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and also on June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WFA is a free and accessible annual event, produced by Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council, celebrating contemporary arts through visual arts, music, dance, film, design, theatre, literature and performance art. The festival brings in thousands of visitors on the first weekend of June. It continues to expand its reach, diversify its participants and content, and integrate more contemporary elements into programming. 

More contemporary art by, about and for people of all abilities is being introduced into the festival mix. All three art installations can be experienced through two or more senses:

  • SOUND STEPS by Tiana Husted is a visual and sound installation. 
  • RAIN OR SHINE by Damien Gilley can be experienced through touch, sound and sight. 
  • MAKING TIME by Palmarin Merges can be experienced through sight, touch and crafting. 

One of the films featured in the Micro Movie Theatre is by artists with Cerebral Palsy. Another is by an artist with hearing impairment, and features subtitles. On our Main Stage will be DanceAbility, an internationally renowned dance company integrating dancers of all abilities. Victory Academy, a school for children with Autism, will be featuring a pop-up gallery of work by their students.

Town Center Park is ADA certified, its dance floor will feature a ramp so everyone can dance. The event will have sign-language interpreters among its volunteers and the SMART Art Trolley is ADA-accessible. Our Call for Volunteers is out at


Reproductive Justice Fellow at Western States Center
Western States Center (Center) is recruiting for an innovative Reproductive Justice Fellow to join its ream and provide creative ideas to help achieve the goals of providing quality, culturally appropriate reproductive health information and messages to individuals with mixed immigration status. The Center is looking for an individual withexperience in community organizing, utilizing various social media platforms, has an understanding of millennials and who identifies firsthand with people of mixed immigration status. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume, and references electronically by June 8th at noon to: Amy Casso, BRAVE Program Director,

Register now for FACT Oregon’s 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth

FACT Oregon has announced that its 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth will be held Saturday, August 11,with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. The second All Ability Tri4Youth is a fully accessible, all ability triathlon open to youth, ages 8 to 26, with and without disabilities.

The All Ability Tri4Youth is a fun, safe, accessible event with an emphasis on inclusion and community building. From a triathlon course that has been successfully tested by youth to fully accessible facilities, great music, food, and lots to celebrate, participants will create lifelong memories on this special day.

Athletes can participate as an individual athlete, a youth team, or a family team. The options are endless! Interested in learning more? Visit FACT’s Tri4Youth website. Great, inexpensive hotel options available for out of town families! Register for the All Ability Tri4Youth here.

The Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex is the site for the event. The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Districts facility is at 15707 S.W. Walker Road in the Beaverton area.

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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