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Disability NEWS – November 21, 2018

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November 21, 2018

In This Issue…

  • OHSU leading a study to help improve stress management in men with physical disabilities
  • Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection’s next Portland Wheel Connect is November 26
  • Application for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education major now open at WOU
  • Register by November 30 for MIUSA’s International Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability in Eugene
  • Northwest ADA Center conducting a survey on the ADA and health care access
  • Free smoke alarms are available for the deaf and people with hearing loss
  • Feedback requested for the 2020-2024 OHA State Health Improvement Plan
  • Portland Police Bureau Strategic Planning Community Survey is available online
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

OHSU leading a study to help improve stress management in men with physical disabilities

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is leading a study to pilot-test a peer implemented group program designed to improve stress management in men with physical disabilities who are feeling down. The work is being conducted in collaboration with the Handicap Awareness and Support League (HASL) Center for Independent Living and Abilitree Center for Independent Living.

The principal investigator is Dr. Dena Hassouneh whose work focuses on two lines of inquiry: 1) mental health in women from marginalized populations and 2) diversity in health professions education. The common thread for these lines of inquiry is an emphasis on disparities in access to health care and health professions education, systems of oppression, and culture. Patricia Alvarez in Grants Pass is the contact for the HASL and Greg Sublett is the contact in the Bend area for Abilitree Center for Independent Living.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have a physical disability
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Use some form of accommodation
  • Are not actively suicidal
  • Are interested in improving your stress management skills
  • Are feeling down

Those who choose to participate will be asked to answer screening questions to ascertain eligibility for the study. If you are eligible and wish to enroll in the study, you will be randomized to a treatment or control group. If you are randomized to the control group, you will not attend the peer program but will still complete questionnaires. If you are randomized to the treatment group, you will be asked to attend 15 weekly group sessions and complete questionnaires. All identifying information will be removed from data to maintain your confidentiality.

If you are interested in participating please call the principal investigator, Dr. Hassouneh at 503-501-9179, Patricia Alvarez at 541-479-4275 (Grants Pass) or Greg Sublett at 541-388-8103 extension 212 (Bend) at a time that is safe and convenient for you.

Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection’s next Portland Wheel Connect is November 26

The Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection’s next Wheel Connect gathering in Portland will be Monday, November 26, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Lucky Labrador, 1945 Northwest Quimby Street. This is a casual meet-up for survivors of SCI, their families, and all those interested in supporting and learning from the SCI community. Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection is a chapter of the United Spinal Association. 

The vision for Oregon SCI is to build a vibrant community-based support network in which people living with SCI/D can thrive. It is a group for all those affected by spinal cord injury — new and veteran, family, and friends. 

Applications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education major now open at WOU

Applications are now being accepted for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program at Western Oregon University in Monmouth. This innovative and unique program, new to Oregon, is designed for educators who want to teach deaf and hard of hearing children. There are 20 seats open for the two-year (68 credits) program to complete and culminate in a Research Project that will begin in the summer of next year.

Dr. Patrick Graham coordinates the program and reports that applications must be submitted by April 1, 2019. He also requests that applicants send an email to him, expressing their interest so he may keep that on file. He adds that all students who have graduated have gotten full time jobs immediately after graduation, or were already working as teachers while they were obtaining their degrees.

Further information, including a link for the application, is available on the Oregon Association of the Deaf website.

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 December 10, 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 Questions may also be directed to Joanne via email or by calling 503-823-9970.

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.

Northwest ADA Center conducting a survey on the ADA and health care access

To gather data for a study on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Health Care Access, the Northwest ADA Center is asking the community to participate in a survey. The Center is looking to hear from people with disabilities about their experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act and health care access.

The survey is available online and asks questions about experiences accessing health care and about the participant and their disability. The survey is anonymous and will take about 20 minutes. Participants who complete the survey will have the option of being entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon eGift card.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that individuals with disabilities and health conditions receive accommodations with respect to access to health care services. Even so, research has shown that this is not always the case. The purpose of this study is to find out what barriers exist for people with disabilities when accessing health care. Additionally, the research is to find out what would make health care more accessible.

If people have questions or would rather complete the survey over the telephone or online, please contact NW ADA Center staff by email at or via telephone at 206-744-3609.

Free smoke alarms are available for the deaf and people with hearing loss

A Federal Emergency Management Administration grant is providing funding for Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) to install free specialized smoke alarms in the homes of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These smoke alarms that flash, shake and wake work with standard smoke alarms to alert individuals to the presence of fire or carbon monoxide. This program is only for persons living in the City of Portland.

These specialized smoke alarms are provided on a first come, first served basis given in order to those qualified individuals who submit an application with all appropriate paperwork. Special installation priority may be given to people with multiple risk factors.

To apply, fill out the online application available at Flash Shake Awake website. The website also offers additional information about how the program works, a guide to the program and a press release. For questions regarding the program or to have help filling out an application, contact PF&R by calling 503-823-3752.

Feedback requested for the 2020-2024 OHA State Health Improvement Plan

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is inviting the community to help identify priorities for the next State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). SHIP identifies key health concerns for Oregon – along with strategies that will lead to improvements. A community based committee, called the PartnerSHIP, has identified 14 strategic issues that need to be addressed. Your help is needed to understand which issues are most important to your communities. There are a number of ways to provide feedback and help spread the word:

*An online survey (in English and Spanish) is available to collect feedback on these issues. Please take and share this survey with your professional and personal networks via email listserves, social media platforms and other communication channels. SHIP is especially interested in hearing from people and communities that experience health disparities.

*For those who identify as a person from a marginalized community (e.g. person of color, LGBTQ+ identified, person with a disability, person with low-income, etc.), they are also invited to provide feedback through one of seven community-based organizations helping to inform this effort:

Please provide written feedback to the Public Health Division. All organizations, coalitions and community groups are welcome to submit prioritized issues and/or additional feedback to

Feedback from communities is being collected through January 31, 2019. The feedback collected will be shared with the PartnerSHIP in February to inform their decision about the final set of priorities.

If you would like this information in another language or format, please email For other questions or comments, please contact Christy Hudson (, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority.

Portland Police Bureau Strategic Planning Community Survey is available online

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) is in the early stages of developing its Strategic Plan for the next five years and would like your input. An online survey will help PPB better understand what the communities’ priorities are for achieving the goals set forth by Police Chief Danielle Outlaw:

  • Crime Reduction and Prevention
  • Community Engagement and Inclusion
  • Organizational Excellence

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. All responses will be kept confidential and identifying information will be kept private. Please provide your input by Friday, November 30th.

Visit the PPB’s Strategic Plan website to learn more about its purpose and process.

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.