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Disability NEWS – November 7, 2018

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November 7, 2018

In This Issue…

  • DACP presenting Disability Employment Awareness Films & Storytelling event on the 8th
  • DRO is providing information on Service Animals and Support Animals in Oregon
  • FACT Oregon offering a free Navigating Nutrition Workshop to help families
  • 2018 Portland Consortium Community Need Hearings for Public Input are November 14 & 15
  • NWDSA’s November 15th workshop will feature the IDEA education law and the IEP
  • Register by November 30 for MIUSA’s International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability in Eugene
  • Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter meeting will be held on November 19
  • FACT Oregon has launched a brand new accessible website
  • Request For Proposals is open for the City’s Study of Disability Engagement & Equity
  • PPB’s Disabled Parking Enforcement Unit now has a webpage
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DACP presenting Disability Employment Awareness Films & Storytelling event on the 8th

The Disability Arts and Culture Project (DACP) is presenting its Disability Employment Awareness Films and Storytelling event on Thursday, November 8, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This is a free presentation as part of Dis/Representation’s Evolving Disability Conversations and open to the public. Snacks will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own sack lunch.

The two videos to be shown are:

  • How We Met Laurel: Laurel, a blind, Syrian asylum seeker, makes a life for himself as his family waits in Turkey for their own visas.
  • Milky Pop Kid: An actor and disability consultant is asked to help a former child star prepare for his triumphant comeback in a likely award-bait role.

The mission of DACP is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities. It accomplishes this mission by supporting the creative expression of people with disabilities. DACP utilizes the performing arts as a method of examining disability in relation to society. The organization also supports established and emerging artists, as well as the community at large, in developing knowledge and expression of disability culture and pride.

DRO is providing information on Service Animals and Support Animals in Oregon

Understanding where assistance animals are allowed can be difficult given the difference between service animals and support animals. To help in knowing what your rights are in terms service and support animals, Disability Rights Oregon [https://droregon.org] (DRO) is providing a guide, “Service and Assistance Animals in Oregon,” that may be downloaded online.

The DRO guide answers important questions about what your rights are in terms of assistance animals such as what questions are appropriate for authorities to ask and how to file a complaint, in different settings like as public transportation.

FACT Oregon offering a free Navigating Nutrition Workshop to help families

Join FACT Oregon, registered dietitian Joan Medlen, and other parents for a lively morning workshop that may help make mealtimes work for your family. The free workshop t will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to noon, in FACT’s new office at 2475 Southeast Ladd Avenue, Room 418.

This workshop will include family mealtime basics, picky eating, tube feeding, and information on assistive technology to promote independence and safety. We will start as a whole group to discuss the basics, and break out into groups based on specific questions and needs. Please register in advance so we know you're coming! The workshop’s flyer may also be downloaded.

2018 Portland Consortium Community Need Hearings for Public Input are November 14 & 15

Join in to discuss the economic, social services, and housing needs in the community by attending the 2018 Portland Consortium Community Need hearings. Public input will help Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County prioritize resources for 2019-2020.

At these meetings, attendees are invited to tell jurisdiction leaders what the needs are in housing and community economic development in Portland Consortium area including the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the City of Gresham. This information will become the basis of a one-year spending plan to address housing and community economic development. There will be a brief presentation about the demographics of communities in Multnomah County and current five-year federal investment priorities.

There will be two opportunities in November to participate:

Gresham/Multnomah County Annual Community Need Meeting
Wednesday, November 14
5:45 to 8 p.m. (Dinner at 5:45 p.m.)
Gresham Library, 385 Northwest Miller Avenue, Gresham

Call or email to register by November 12
Rachel.Nehse@GreshamOregon.gov
503-618-2814

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
503-618-2456

Portland Consortium Annual Community Need Meeting
Thursday, November 15
5:45 to 8 p.m. (Dinner at 5:45 p.m.)
New Song Community Center
220 Northeast Russell Street

Click here to register by November 13th.
Call or email Kim McCarty:
KimMcCarty@PortlandOregon.gov
503-823-5312

Para Espanol Ilama a Alberto Morales:
Alberto.Morales@GreshamOregon.gov
503-618-2456

Call 503-823-5312 to request interpreters, childcare, or accessibility accommodations. Spanish and ASL interpreters will be present.

NWDSA’s November 15th workshop will feature the IDEA education law and the IEP

Walk through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) at Northwest Down Syndrome Association’s November 15 workshop. The workshop is to give you more tools and a stronger voice for the vital meetings about your child’s education.

Hear from presenters Chris Shank from Disability Rights Oregon, and Michael Bailey, author and former President for National Disability Rights Network, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the MESD Auditorium, 116 Northeast Ainsworth Circle, on Thursday, November 15.

Registration is required and interpretation needs can be addressed when registering. The registration website also has information in Spanish. Further information is available by contacting Jamie Burch at 503-238-0522 or emailing jburch@nwdsa.org.

IDEA is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Register by November 30 for MIUSA’s International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability in Eugene

The call for applications is out to women with disabilities around the world to apply for the 9th International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD) program being held in Eugene, Oregon. Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is holding the program from July 13 through August 3 with a registration deadline of November 30th.

WILD will bring together approximately 25 women leaders with disabilities from approximately 25 different countries, to strengthen leadership capacity, create new visions and build international networks of support for inclusive international development programming.

During the three-week program, participants will take part in workshops, seminars and discussions, conduct on-site visits, and participate in team-building activities, to explore challenges and exchange strategies for increasing leadership opportunities and participation of women and girls with disabilities in international development programs. Learn more about this program on MIUSA’s website.

Founded in 1981, MIUSA is a disability-led non-profit organization working to advance disability rights and leadership globally. By implementing innovative programs, it builds bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving people with a broad range of disabilities.

Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter meeting will be held on November 19

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Portland Chapter is having its monthly meeting on Monday, October 19. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in Building 2 on the Legacy Good Samaritan campus, 1040 Northwest 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street. The agenda will include a discussion of attendees' concerns and an election of board members. For more information, email HLAA Portland at hlaportland@gmail.com.

FACT Oregon has launched a brand new accessible website

FACT Oregon has officially launched its brand new, fully redesigned website. The new website is completely accessible and includes options for high contrast viewing and enlarged fonts. The new FACT Oregon One Hundred Second Spotlight video is also posted and features FACT families and friends on the homepage.

Formed in 2002, FACT Oregon (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships.

Request For Proposals is currently open for the City’s Study of Disability Engagement & Equity

A Request For Proposals (RFP) for a Study of Disability Engagement & Equity is now open on the City of Portland Procurement website with the Solicitation Documents available to download under the File Attachments heading. The Solicitation Proposals are due by November 20, 2018, by 4 p.m.

This is to be a comprehensive data effort on the characteristics of Portland’s disability communities and access to civic engagement within the City. The Office of Community & Civic Life will use the data in partnership with other City bureaus, researchers, and community stakeholders to ensure community members with disabilities have access to City civic engagement processes and other City services. The data will also inform Civic Life program development and should address ways diverse disabled Portlanders engage as well as opportunities and barriers to civic and community engagement.

Proposals will be submitted to Joanne Johnson, Disability Program Coordinator,by emailing joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov. Questions may also be directed to Joanne via email or by calling 503-823-9970.

PPB’s Disabled Parking Enforcement Unit now has a webpage

The Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) Disabled Parking Enforcement Unit (DPEU) is comprised of citizen volunteers educating the public on disabled parking and enforcing disabled parking permit violations allowable under ORS 811.632. The DPEU now has its own webpage on the PPB website that provides information about this unit that focuses on parking lots throughout the City of Portland with properly designated disabled parking.

The DPEU volunteers meet the public on a face to face basis with the primary goal of education. They are in the field to help the public understand the law and their responsibilities. This provides compliance with the Oregon Revised Statutes that address access for persons with disabilities. This proactive program provides enforcement in the City of Portland, outside of the downtown area, on private property parking lots since 2003.

To learn more about the DPEU, visit its website that also offers contact information and background on how it was formed.