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Disability NEWS – September 19, 2018

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September 19, 2018

  • NAMI Multnomah is conducting three classes in October concerning mental health
  • TriMet considering closure of four downtown Portland MAX Stations
  • There’s just three days left until the 20th Annual Buddy Fest Northwest
  • Come Celebrate the Official Grand Opening of FACT’s New Office Space
  • Adaptive BIKETOWN gets a Boost with two new electric tricycles
  • Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair is September 25th at Portland State University
  • The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company announces open company positions
  • Portland Deaf Film Festival features films made and starring Deaf talent on October 6th
  • Calling all leaders with disabilities! The City currently is recruiting for  two director positions 
  • Oregon Consumer Advisory Council  is now accepting applications to fill vacant seats
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

NAMI Multnomah is conducting three classes in October concerning mental health

NAMI Multnomah is the Portland affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is providing three classes starting in October to help improve the quality of life for individuals and families with mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

The three classes being offered this fall are:

  • NAMI Multnomah’s 2018 NAMI Basics class for caregivers of a child or adolescent with mental health challenges. It will meet on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Northeast Portland, from October 2nd through November 6th. Registration is required, and classes fill up fast. Please call 503-228-5692 to register.
  • The 2018 Homefront session is a free, six-session class for family, friends, and significant others of veterans and military service members with mental health conditions. NAMI Multnomah is offering one class that meets every Tuesday evening from October 2nd to November 6th. Registration is required – please call 503-228-5692 to register or for more information.
  • In partnership with Multnomah County, the third offering is NAMI Multnomah’s Fall Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST) which is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved training for adults in Mental Health recovery. The PSST begins Thursday, October 18 and is offered at no cost to people who live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. NAMI Multnomah does not currently offer training to anyone who does not live, work or volunteer in Multnomah County. Registration is open until September 20th.

TriMet considering closure of four downtown Portland MAX Stations

TriMet has reported there are too many MAX stations bunched closely together in downtown Portland and it is looking to close down four during 2019. The four stations under consideration for closure are all on the Red and Blue lines. TriMet is looking to speed up the light rail trains running through the city’s core.

Discussion is just starting about closing the Skidmore Fountain, Mall/SW 5th Ave, Mall/SW 4th Ave, and Kings Hill/SW Salmon stations. The transit agency wants to hear from riders about the proposed station closures. TriMet’s website provides further information on the proposal and how to share your feelings on the closures with the transit agency.

There’s just three days left until the 20th Annual Buddy Fest Northwest

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association’s (NWDSA) Annual Buddy Fest Northwest is being held this Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Moda Center Commons in Northeast Portland. The event and walk, to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome, brings together participants from Portland metro and Southwest Washington – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

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 September 20th. Participants may 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.

Come Celebrate the Official Grand Opening of FACT’s New Office Space

FACT Oregon invites the community to join them for the Grand Opening of its new office space, the Seven Corners Collaborative, on Saturday, September 20, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The celebration is at 2475 Southeast Ladd Avenue with beverages and light hors d’oeuvres provided.

Attendees will be able to explore all four floors of the new building, including a state-of-the-art Assistive Technology lab, FACT’s partner organizations’ offices, and a gorgeous universally designed kitchen. The organization is excited to see you on September 20th to show you its new FACT Oregon home!

FACT Oregon’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families. 

Adaptive BIKETOWN gets a Boost with two new electric tricycles

Adaptive BIKETOWN, Portland’s adaptive bike rental program, now offers two electric tricycles for rent. Thanks to a $10K grant from Nike, the two e-bikes are now available to rent as part of Portland’s Adaptive BIKETOWN program. The program is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and operated by Kerr Bikes.

The addition is a response to participants’ needs. Several participants have voiced that the physical stamina required to ride can be discouraging, especially when crossing the Hawthorne and Tillikum Bridges. 

Offering e-bikes opens up the program for people who otherwise physically would not be able to ride.

The funds purchased one new electric tricycle and one additional kit to retrofit one of the program’s existing tricycles. The additions bring Adaptive BIKETOWN’s fleet up to 15 bikes.

“I’m pleased to see PBOT and Adaptive BIKETOWN listening and responding to the diverse needs of the disability community as innovative, new transportation choices and services become available,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Adding electric options to the pilot program offers an exciting, new mobility tool for people with disabilities.”

Adaptive BIKETOWN launched in July 2017 and has served over 150 individuals with 212 rentals. The program has grown in 2018, already doubling last year’s rental numbers, with two months left in the pilot.

The new e-bikes are foot-powered and utilize a throttle to activate the electric motor. In accordance with Oregon Vehicle Code laws, the max speed of the e-bikes is 20 MPH.

To rent a bike, make a reservation at, call (503) 802-5271, or visit Kerr Bikes at 1945 SE Water Ave., Building B Portland, OR 97214. Adaptive BIKETOWN’s second season of operation will end on October 31, 2018.

Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair is September 25th at Portland State University

Incight & JobsNow is offering a high-energy, results-oriented Job Fair at Portland State University on Tuesday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The job fair is in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. 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 with disabilities who are looking to find a job. 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 the Incight  and JobsNow websites.

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company announces open company positions

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company (IAVDC) invites dancers ages 12 to 22 to join its dance company now for the 2018-2019 year. Inclusive Arts Vibe provides integrated dance classes and is inclusive of youth with and without disabilities. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome and the deadline to sign up is September 28.

The classes will be on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at New Expressive Works, 810 Southeast Belmont Street in Studio 2. There is a cost of $10 per week (no one turned away due to lack of a fee). Contact IAVDC by email to join in the next rehearsal.

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company is a unique cross disability and integrated dance company. Its repertoire delves into a myriad of emotions of raw truths, sassiness, hope and humor expressing the full human experience. IAVDC is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project.

Portland Deaf Film Festival features films made and starring Deaf talent October 6th

The Clinton Street Theater will be the site of the Portland Deaf Film Festival (PDX DFF) on Saturday, October 6th, and feature a variety of films made and starring Deaf talent. The theater is at 2522 Southeast Clinton Street with the festival scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

PDX DFF is excited to announce guest speaker/actor Miles Barbee will be at the festival. Miles first big step into acting was his Broadway debut in the Spring Awakening Revival in 2015. He continued his acting career after Broadway starring as AJ in the feature film Talk To The Hands and as Steve in comedy short film This Is Ed! Most recently, Miles stars as Dummy Hoy in The Silent Natural. This role has been a huge step for Miles in his career and one that he is extremely proud of. Come see Miles talk about his projects and experiences.

The PDX DFF mission is to create a space in which the Deaf community's talents are showcased and embraced through visual media. The group also strongly believes that art and film should be made accessible and affordable to everyone in the community. PDX DFF is embracing of all Deaf/HOH/CODA/DB/Deaf+ and hearing people.

Any accommodation requests, such as spoken language interpreters or wheelchair access, may be emailed to

Calling all leaders with disabilities! The City currently is recruiting for two director positions

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is very excited to announce that the City of Portland has kicked off its executive recruitment search, starting with the City Budget Director and the Housing Director.

Other bureau director positions will be posted throughout the next few months, including positions for the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. The City of Portland strongly encourages experienced people with disabilities nationwide to apply.

These director positions will be a phenomenal opportunity for someone who is a visionary, an experienced change agent, and an equity champion. Maybe they are directors now, or maybe they are a senior leader or manager who is ready to become one. More details can be found in each posting as they are listed.

If you want to stay updated and/or want to help spread the word to disability leaders, please send an email to Anais Keenon at with the subject line “Executive Email”. You will be added to an executive outreach email listserv and will receive updates when new director positions are posted.

Oregon Consumer Advisory Council is now accepting applications to fill vacant seats

People who have lived experience with mental health or addictions issues are invited to apply and serve on the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council (OCAC). Applications are being accepted to fill vacant positions and must be received by October 3rd.

This is an opportunity for you or someone you know to get involved with advocacy and advisory work to improve the Behavioral Health System by offering valuable lived experience.

Oregon Health Authority is influenced by individuals, through advisory work by councils like OCAC. Diversity in membership is valued highly, as this represents the viewpoints of the Oregon residents. All are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Detailed information about OCAC is on the Oregon Health Authority website with many links including Oregon Revised Statutes wording, recent work agendas, current membership roster, and a downloadable application form.

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.

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