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Disability NEWS – September 5, 2018

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September 5, 2018

  • Disability Rights Oregon has free information for voting in November 6th General Election
  • OAD’s Annual DeafFest V will be September 15th at Oaks Amusement Park
  • TriMet is hosting seven September meetings concerning Service Planning and Budget
  • REAL’s 2018-2019 Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute to begin in October
  • Real Choice Initiative’s Independent Living Movie Night to show 3 short films
  • Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) Customer Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • PBOT asking for input on Bicycle Parking Code Update from people with disabilities
  • BES Stormwater Focus Groups to hear hear people with disabilities’ experiences with rain
  • Join NWDSA for the Summer’s Biggest Party at the Buddy Fest NW 2018
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Disability Rights Oregon has free information for voting in November 6th General Election

The upcoming General Election will be November 6, 2018 with important candidate races and ballot measures on the ballot. Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) offers free information for people with disabilities to participate in the voting process.

DRO publishes a free, nonpartisan, accessible Easy Voting Guide (EVG). The EVG uses larger fonts, pictures, and plain English. Candidates tell us their top three goals and DRO outlines arguments for and against ballot measures.

The EVG is distributed to over 700 agencies and organizations across the state. If you would like copies for your classroom, group, organization, or agency, fill out DRO’s order form.

Disability Rights Oregon works to ensure full participation in the electoral process including registering to vote and casting a ballot. In partnership with the Secretary of State, it produces the nonpartisan EVP and does year-round training, outreach and advocacy on behalf of voters and prospective voters with disabilities. More voting information is available on the DRO website.

OAD’s Annual DeafFest V will be September 15th at Oaks Amusement Park

Oaks Amusement Park is the site for the Oregon Association of the Deaf’s (OAD) Fifth Annual Deaf Fest on September 15. All are invited to an event about Deaf Culture, Deaf Language, and Deaf Pride from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way.

OAD’s booth and the vendor booths will be at site #15; the same area like last year by the pavilion, past the main entrance. Ride bracelets may be purchased at the OAD booth for a discount price on the day of the event. Admission is not required to enter the the park’s main entrance.

Promoting, protecting and preserving the civil rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Oregonians is the mission of the OAD.

TriMet is hosting seven September meetings concerning Service Planning and Budget

Seven meetings are being held in September concerning TriMet’s Service Planning and Budget, starting on September 11. The meetings are about service expansions, route changes, capital projects, the House Bill 2017 Five Year Plan, and more.

It is important that all community voices are heard, including older adults and people with disabilities. The scheduled meetings are:

District 2: September 11
White Stag Building Rooms 142/144, 70 Northwest Couch Street

District 7: September 12
CCC Harmony West Room 120, 7726 Southeast Harmony Road

District 1: September 13
Hillsboro Civic Center C113b and C113c, 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro

District 3: September 18
Oregon Ballroom’s Blue Room, 8900 Southwest Commercial Street, Tigard

District 4: September 19
Asian Health Center, 9035 Southeast Foster Road

District 6: September 20
Gresham City Hall’s Oregon Trail Room, 1333 Northwest Eastman Parkway, Gresham

District 5: September 25
Self Enhancement Auditorium, 3020 North Kerby Avenue

REAL’s 2018-2019 Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute to begin in October

REAL:Reject Economic Ableist Limits reports that the second Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute is slated to start on October 6 and continue to December 8.

The sessions will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and applications may be submitted now until Saturday, September 8. The application may be downloaded and emailed to

The intent of the Institute is to build power in disability communities by bringing together disability leaders and creating a collective home where our voices come first. Our cross disability and intersectional Institute will be based on the principles of Disability Justice. We envision that through this training, leaders will gain skills and knowledge in accessible organizing while we learn from each other. REAL is prioritizing the following identities to make up its cohort of leaders: 50 percent BIPOC, 50 percent Queer and 100 percent Disabled.

REAL is a project of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP). It promotes economic justice and advances disability justice by addressing systemic barriers to employment, fostering cross-disability leadership, and building partnerships. REAL prioritizes voices of disabled people with our multiple identities, who experience the brunt of such injustice. REAL’s vision is to build a statewide Disability Justice Coalition to address institutional ableism and demand change.

Real Choice Initiative’s Independent Living Movie Night to show 3 short films

Real Choice Initiative is showing three short films from Cheryl Green, co-creator of "Who Am I To Stop It" and many other disability-focused projects, at Independent Living Movie Night on Saturday, September 22. The event is at 6401 Southeast Foster Road from 2 to 4 p.m.

Following the films, the event organizers are hoping participants will stay for a very dynamic panel of local housing justice activists with a range of apparent and invisible disabilities. Snacks will be served, including cupcakes generously provided by Sweet Life Confections by Pixie.

The films:

"After Fairview": The 3rd prize winner in the 2018 Free Our People Film Contest, this short portrait explores the art and work of disability rights activist Linda Gheer. Born with disabilities in the 1950s, she has navigated institutionalization at Fairview Training Center and group homes, and she now lives independently in the community.

"Kris's Story": Kris Haas shows her art in the Pearl District's J. Pepin Art Gallery, a gallery for artists with mental illness, while facing an eviction notice.

"Brandon's Story": Brandon Scarth re-examines his faith and moves out of a structured living facility and into the community.

Kris's and Brandon's stories are excerpted from the 82-minute version of "Who Am I To Stop It," directed by Cheryl Green and Cynthia Lopez.

Accessibility: ASL interpretation, Audio Description, Open Captions, and Assistive Listening Devices, wheelchair accessible space, gender neutral bathrooms. Please be scent free.


The Real Choice Initiative is an Oregon nonprofit working to support people with disabilities to live independently in the community. The focus is on people who want to leave institutional settings. Find more information at

This event is sponsored by SEIU Local 503 Oregon CareWorks. "Who Am I To Stop It" is a fiscally-sponsored project of The Hollywood Theatre and distributed by New Day Films.

BDS recruiting community members to join a citizen advisory committee

Interested in City permitting and development processes? Ever applied for a business or land use permit before and wished the process were easier?

The Bureau of Development Services is recruiting community members with expertise in disability accessibility, especially people with disabilities, to join a citizen advisory committee. The Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) Customer Advisory Committee (CAC) is a citizen advisory committee comprised of 12 members.

Each member represents a group of people that is impacted by the way the City does permitting and development review. Members include the following professions or interests: architect, developer, engineer, permit/land use consultant, contractor, neighborhood representative, and trades.

POPS CAC Application form: Visit the BDS Customer Advisory Committee web page to learn more about its work.

Please reach out to Kim Freeman ( or Alison Belter ( with any questions.

PBOT asking for input on Bicycle Parking Code Update from people with disabilities

The City of Portland is currently working on a project to update the bicycle parking requirements for new development and major redevelopment. Input from the community is important so the update project can ensure bicycle parking is usable for a variety of types of bicycles and people of all abilities.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), in collaboration with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, has released the Discussion Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project for public comment.

The current Code requirements have not kept up with the types of bicycles people are riding today. Portland is seeing an increase in the use of electric bicycles and non-traditional sized bikes, like tricycles, recumbents and handcycles. The proposed changes are being made to help ensure usability of bicycle parking.

An overview of the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project and the Discussion Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project are also available for reading online.

There are a number of ways to provide feedback on the Discussion Draft and bicycle parking outlined and links provided on PBOT’s website []. Comments are due by 5:00 pm on October 1, 2018. 

If you have questions or would like to have staff come and talk about the project with your organization, please contact Liz Hormann at 503-823-5086 or Sarah Figliozzi at 503-823-0805 or email:

BES Stormwater Focus Groups to hear to hear people with disabilities’ experiences with rain

Rain can cause problems for people with disabilities. The City’s Bureau of Environmental Services wants to learn about the experiences people with disabilities have with the rain and stormwater. Stormwater is rain that runs off hard surfaces in the city.

This is an opportunity to learn more and share personal experiences with rain and stormwater. The BES especially wants to learn and hear from people with disabilities. The disability communities’ participation will help BES better understand how people think about rain, how the city learns about problems, and how the city works with more communities to find solutions. You do not need to be an expert about rain. 

The 2018 Bureau of Services Stormwater Focus Groups will be held on Saturday, October 6, with two sessions. Slots are available in the first session from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in the second session from 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Myrlaviani Perez-Rivier at or call/text 503-200-0499 to confirm your attendance, learn more about the location, and/or request accommodations. Food will be served and a $25 value gift card will be provided in appreciation for participating. Please sign up in advance if interested in attending.

Join NWDSA for the Summer’s Biggest Party at the Buddy Fest NW 2018

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting its 20th Annual Buddy Fest NW on Saturday, September 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together participants from Portland metro and Southwest Washington – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

The 20th Annual Buddy Fest NW promises to be bigger and better than ever at the Moda Center Commons Main Amphitheater in Northeast Portland. For two decades NWDSA has been working to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community for every person with a disability including Down syndrome and they're ready for a party.

This is an opportunity to hear self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. The event features keynote speakers Cody Sullivan, Matt Schweitz, and James Phillips. Cody Sullivan achieved his personal goals and made history this spring by becoming the first student with Down Syndrome to complete four years of college in Oregon. Cody, Matt, and James will share stories about their inclusive college experience, the importance of embracing everyone’s unique talents and abilities, and how we all have something to teach.

Online registration is available until noon on Sept. 20th. Participants can register in person on the day of the event, but to avoid waiting in long lines, it is suggested to use online registration. Learn more about NWDSA’s Buddy Fest NW and how to register at the event’s website.

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.