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Disability NEWS – October 3, 2018

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September 19, 2018

  • Portland Deaf Film Festival features films made and starring Deaf talent on October 6th
  • Home Forward’s Housing 101 - From Applicant to Resident Sessions are in anticipation of 2019 waitlist housing openings
  • FACT Oregon offering Special Education: What You Need to Know Training on October 16
  • Oregon Consumer Advisory Council now accepting applications to fill vacant seats
  • Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities seeks to maintain a strong, safe & caring community
  • OHSU’s UCEDD Community Partners Council seeking new members
  • NWDSA Student‐led IEP Goal Writing Workshop provides a vital skill for everyone to have
  • Sign Up Now for the 18th United Cerebral Palsy Family Conference in Portland
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

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

Housing 101 - From Applicant to Resident Sessions are in anticipation of 2019 housing openings

Home Forward will be holding three informational sessions for service providers, community partners, and advocates in anticipation of waitlist openings in 2019 and policy updates. “Housing 101 - From Applicant to Resident” will discuss the processes that take people from applying for waitlists through residency in the agency’s managed properties.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Home Forward’s programs, in anticipation of waitlist openings and policy updates. 

The three sessions will be held:

October 17th from 2 to 4 p.m.
Humboldt Gardens, Community Room
5033 North Vancouver Avenue

October 22nd from 2 to 4 p.m.
Hollywood East, Lawrence Williams Room
1605 Northeast 45th Avenue

October 30th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Stephens Creek Crossing, Community Room
6715 Southwest 26th Avenue

Please RSVP to or by calling 503-280-3704. If an agency would like Home Forward to make a presentation at its office or for a work group, please contact me at 503-280-3749 or

FACT Oregon offering “Special Education: What You Need to Know Training” on October 16

School is back in session and FACT Oregon is holding training for parents to know how to participate on their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Special Education: What You Need to Know training will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 Southeast Bush Street in Portland.

The IEP describes your child’s special education needs and services. Learn about special education basics, the IEP, advocacy tips and tools, and healthy team dynamics for a great school year. 

To register, go to the registration webpage and provide your information. Spanish registration is also available on the Educación Especial: ¿Qué Necesita Saber? registration webpage. If you have any questions, please call 503-786-6082 or email

FACT Oregon is the state’s federally-designated parent training and information center on issues related to special education. As a family leadership organization, everything FACT Oregon offers is created by parents for parents in order to help you dream big for your child’s future! We provide parents and caregivers with free trainings, information, and support to empower YOU to be an active, informed participant in your child’s special education services.

Oregon Consumer Advisory Council 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.

Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities seeks to maintain a strong, safe & caring community

Registration is open now to attend the Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities - Measuring Impacts Summit on Thursday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Musliim Educational Trust is the host and there is no fee to attend.

The event will be at the Muslim Educational Trust, 10330 Southwest Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard. Lunch will be provided to those who register before October 10. Registration is required and you will receive a confirmation email after your registration has been processed.

Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities came together in September 2016, at a time of heightened tensions in our country and polarizing political rhetoric. We explored bias as both a bridge and a barrier to maintaining a strong, safe, and caring community. Our efforts strengthened the trust between each other and the communities we serve.

The following year’s 2017 summit continued to build bridges and deepen our understanding of the role implicit bias plays in community safety. As leaders of public safety and diverse civil society organizations, our commitment to this creates hope and our actions build trust.

This year, the summit is sharing tangible signs of change in our communities and calling on attendees to press on further.

OHSU’s UCEDD Community Partners Council seeking new members

The OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Community Partners Council (CPC) is looking to expand its membership. The CPC is a community group that advises the UCEDD on ways they can help improve the health and quality of life for Oregonians with disabilities and their families.

The UCEDD is currently accepting applications for potential members and is inviting you to apply. Members include Oregonians who have disabilities, have family members with disabilities, or have strong interest in the support of people with disabilities and their families.

Please consider joining this amazing group of self-advocates and allies. The CPC meets four times per year for three hours, noon to 3 p.m. Meetings are located in Portland and support to participate in meetings is available.

Anyone interested in serving on the CPC may visit its website to learn more about its work. If you wish to make a difference and partner with peers and colleagues, more information on how to join. The CPC membership forms are also posted and the CPC encourages those interested to review all the forms provided.

The CPC members serve to represent the voices and needs of Oregonians with disabilities, and their friends, families, and supporters. They also represent the geographic, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, rural and urban makeup of the state of Oregon. The CPC makes sure, through an interactive partnership with the UCEDD, that individual, group and community concerns and needs are related to, and addressed by, the ongoing work of the UCEDD.

Each state has a UCEDD that does research and provides education and advocacy around disability related issues. The work of the OHSU UCEDD is done by partnering and working together with community members and agencies. 

NWDSA Student‐led IEP Goal Writing Workshop provides a vital skill for everyone to have

Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) will conduct its Student‐led IEP Goal Writing Workshop that features separate tracks for parents, youths and allies, 12 years and up. The session will be Thursday, October 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Multnomah Education Service District auditorium, 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle.

The ability to advocate for needs is a vital skill everyone should have. Learn how to put the "I" back in "Individual Education Plan." Parents and youth will discover practical tips and tools from experts, parent mentors, and youth leaders.

To attend this workshop, more information including registration for parents, youth, and professionals is available on the Student‐led IEP Goal Writing Workshop website, in both English and Spanish.

Sign Up Now for the 18th United Cerebral Palsy Family Conference in Portland

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Oregon reports there is a great lineup of workshops and speakers for its UCP 18th Family Conference being held October 19 through 20 in Portland. Several new topics will be presented, like Cortical Vision, and the latest research on medical marijuana for seizures and to treat tone. The conference is at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel, 909 North Hayden Island Drive.

This conference is unique in its focus and is the only one of its kind in the Northwest. Most of the attendees are parents of children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, as well as professionals who work with them. Making connections with other families is an important benefit of this conference.

The Conference Schedule & Registration Form provide a detailed description of all the workshops and speakers (which may change), as well as the Attendee Registration Form. Online registration is available for families and self-advocates, as well as for professionals. Questions may be emailed to Susan Cushman or by calling 503-467-0322.

UCP Oregon offers direct program service, information, and advocacy for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities throughout the Portland metro area. The Family Support Department (FSD) assists families of children with cerebral palsy (and disabilities that mimic CP) in Oregon and Washington, offering information and referral, respitality, support groups, and outings, as well as connections to other families.

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.