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Disability NEWS – August 1, 2018

The Disability Program NEWS banner

Above is the new banner for the Disability Program NEWS
that includes the Office of Community & Civic Life logo.

August 1, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Portland Art Museum (PAM) offering community dialogues and a survey about accessibility
  • Volunteers sought for MULTCO’s Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge task force
  • Disability Rights Oregon posts “Know Your Rights: Accessibility at Performances
  • Reelabilities Disability Film Festival & DACP Dance Performance will be at Gateway Discovery Park
  • Metro accepting applications for 2019 Metro Central Community Enhancement Grants
  • Workshops for Deaf Interpreters and Hearing Interpreters are scheduled August 21-25
  • Opportunity section features openings on Portland Parks & Recreation’s Advisory Committee
  • Please provide feedback on DRO’s Disability Community Survey by August 30
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Portland Art Museum (PAM) offering community dialogues and a survey about accessibility

The Portland Art Museum wants to start a frank and honest discussion with persons who have disabilities and the Deaf about the museum’s accessibility. To do this it has created an online survey and a series of community dialogues to take place in August. The survey and dialogue sessions will help guide the future of accessibility at the museum. Send any questions to or call at 503-679-1090.

There are two Accessibility Dialogues set for August with each community dialogue lasting two hours and will be co-hosted with museum staff, volunteers, and members of the disabilities community. RSVP not required.

PAM’s Accessibility Community Dialogue Number One is Wednesday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Portland Community College, Southeast Campus, Community Hall Annex, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue. Hourly parking permits can be purchased from kiosks on campus. The Southeast campus is served by TriMet bus lines 72 and 4. Campus map and accessible parking locations can be found online:

The Accessibility Community Dialogue Number Two is Tuesday, August 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This dialogue will be at the Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, Trustee Room (fourth floor), 1219 SW Park Avenue. For the dialogue at the museum, please refer to information about parking and public transportation which can be found at the museum website:

The online survey is a chance for persons with disabilities to share stories, suggestions, and perspectives. Please participate in the survey at the following link:

The museum hopes to provide meaningful access to allow the inclusion of as many people as possible. Each community dialogue will include ASL interpretation, amplification, assisted listening devices, video streaming, a relaxed meeting structure, a secondary low-stimulation and low-light quiet room, and wheelchair accessible meeting locations and bathrooms. These sessions are fragrance free, please do not wear scents such as essential oils, perfumes, or use scented shampoos prior to attending. To request additional accommodations including language interpretation, please email or call 503-276-4328.

Would you like to apply to join an Accessibility Advisory Committee at the Portland Art Museum? If so, please email Mike Murawski at or call 503-679-1090.

Volunteers sought for MULTCO’s Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge task force

Multnomah County is recruiting volunteers to serve on a Community Task Force, an advisory body that will provide important input during the environmental study phase of the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project. 

Portland’s aging downtown bridges are not expected to withstand a major earthquake, so Multnomah County is taking the lead on making at least one earthquake-ready. The Burnside Bridge is a key downtown link across the Willamette River along Burnside Street, a regionally established lifeline route that extends from Washington County to Gresham. 

The county is nearing the end of a feasibility study that will narrow more than 100 bridge replacement and rehabilitation options to a short list that will be evaluated during the next phase. The environmental study phase ends with selection of the preferred alternative. 

Community Task Force members will be asked to serve during the three-year environmental review phase. Meetings will be held on a weekday evening approximately every two to three months in a central location convenient to transit, starting in October. Dinner will be provided. 

Members will provide input to the project team during the environmental phase and recommendations to decision makers at key project milestones. They will also connect the project to their organization or interest group. 

Multnomah County is seeking a diverse group of volunteers who use the Burnside Bridge and will depend on it during a major earthquake, including: Bicyclists, Business owners/representatives, Commercial drivers, Drivers, Emergency service providers, Pedestrians, People with Disabilities, Residents, River users, Social service providers, and Transit riders.

Task force members should be able to represent the interests of an organization or interest group and actively participate in a consensus-building group process. No professional design experience is required. 

Individuals interested in serving need to complete an online application form by the close of business on Friday, August 17, 2018. Applicants can also complete a hard copy of the application and return it to Multnomah County’s Communications Office via mail (501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 6th Floor, Portland, OR 97214) or e-mail. For information, call 503-209-4111 or visit

Disability Rights Oregon posts “Know Your Rights: Accessibility at Performances

Everyone enjoys performances and festivals featuring music, theater, film, and art. However, when the venue does not provide accessibility, it denies persons with disabilities from enjoying the presentation. It may be impossible to purchase tickets, buy snacks or items from vendors, or reach the restrooms.

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has posted information on its website about accessibility at theaters, stadiums and performances. People with disabilities have the same rights as others to access shows, games, and other entertainment, and receive accommodation. The topics covered are:

  • Before the show
  • Your right to buy tickets
  • Your right to accessible seating
  • Your right to bring companions or personal aides
  • At the show
  • Your right to accessible routes and parking
  • Your right to accessibility within the venue
  • Your right to bring your service animal
  • Your right to supertitles, subtitles, headphones, and auxiliary aids
  • What if I have an access issue with a performance?

DRO’s mission is to promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities. It upholds the civil rights of people with disabilities to live, work, and engage in the community. The nonprofit works to transform systems, policies, and practices to give more people the opportunity to reach their full potential. Learn more about DRO by visiting the organization’s website.

Reelabilities Disability Film Festival & DACP Dance Performance will be at Gateway Discovery Park

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) has been hosting its second annual Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival this year. The final event of the 2018 festival will feature an integrated and cross-disability dance performance from the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, followed by a family friendly film in the Plaza at Gateway Discovery Park,10520 Northeast Halsey Street.

"No Ordinary Hero – The SuperDeafy Movie" will be shown by Portland Reelabilities Film Festival from 7:30 to 10 p.m.. Everyone is invited to come for the free performance. The film is captioned, and DACP is providing audio description and ASL interpreters at film showings.

Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama. While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. Learn more about the film at Wikipedia and view a captioned trailer on YouTube.

Gateway Discovery Park has street parking with designated ADA parking spaces and also provides accessible restrooms, drinking foundations, picnic tables and a play area.

The Portland ReelAbilities Film Festival is a partnership between Disability Art and Culture Project and the 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.

Metro accepting applications for 2019 Metro Central Community Enhancement Grants

Metro has nearly $240,000 available in community enhancement grants for Northwest Portland neighborhoods to build vibrant communities, protect clean air and water, maintain healthy ecosystems and improve regional equity. Applications are due by midnight, Friday, Sept. 15, 2018. To learn more visit the grants website at:

A committee of local residents will review and select projects to fund. Grants up to $50,000 have been awarded. They typically cover one year (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019). Grants requesting up to two years to complete will also be considered. 

  • Successful proposals strongly meet one or more of the following program goals: 
  • Benefit youth, seniors, low income persons or underserved populations
  • Improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community
  • Reduce the amount or toxicity of waste
  • Increase reuse and recycling opportunities
  • Rehabilitate or upgrade real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization
  • Preserve or enhance wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands and marine areas, and/or improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them.
  • Improve or increase recreational areas and programs
  • Improve safety

Individuals, community groups, neighborhoods, nonprofits, schools and school groups, government agencies, faith and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status are invited to apply. Projects must occur within the target area (see map). 

Questions? Join Metro for an information session on Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Metro Regional Center, 600 Northeast Grand Avenue, Room 370 A & B. Or contact Rob Nathan at 503-797-1691 or

Workshops for Deaf Interpreters and Hearing Interpreters are scheduled August 21-25

A Deaf Interpreter (DI) Intensive workshop and a Deaf Interpreter/Hearing Interpreter workshop will be held at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, the week of August 21st through 25th. There will be three opportunities that week:

  • Deaf Interpreting Workshop (DIW, 8/21-8/25): This will be an intensive five-day workshop for Deaf Interpreters. A new exciting POC scholarship and year long mentoring program is available through Sorenson Communications [].
  • DI&HI Team Terping Workshop (8/25): This will be an all-day workshop where hearing interpreters are welcome and will be free for DIW alumni.
  • Networking Happy Hour (evening of 8/25): This optional structured mixer will be held at a restaurant nearby for all workshop participants to mingle with each other over dinner and drinks.

More information about Deaf Interpreting Workshops is available at http://diworkshops


Parks Accessibility Advisory Committee

Make a difference at Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)! The Parks Accessibility Advisory Committee wants to increase its membership. PP&R is reaching out to people who experience a disability or health condition that affects the way they visit or access Portland’s parks or recreation opportunities. If you are interested in helping make Portland’s parks or recreation programming, parks, and facilities more accessible and inclusive, this committee is for you. 

To find out more, contact Carolyn Lee at Portland Parks & Recreation. She may be reached at or 503-823-5076. 

Please provide feedback on DRO’s Disability Community Survey by August 30th

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) wants to hear from Oregonians with Disabilities about their needs. This input shapes DRO’s decisions about how to best focus its resources in the coming year, and impacts the goals and priorities of the organization. A survey has been developed and posted online with a deadline of August 30th to participate.

Participants in this survey can share their feedback through this 10 to 15 minute survey by clicking this link. Anyone who needs an alternate format to complete this survey, may contact DRO at 503-243-2081 or 800-452-1694 or emailing to The survey is also available in Spanish: Encuesta sobre lo que la Poblacion Percibe acerca de Disability Rights Oregon 2018.

Every year, DRO gathers feedback from Oregonians about the needs of people with disabilities. Its current priorities are available at

Visit Disability Program Website and Facebook page for more news, event postings

The Office of Community & Civic Life 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 Community & Civic Life 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.