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Disability NEWS – December 5, 2018

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December 5, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Artist Rep’s Morrison Stage presents an ASL-Interpreted Night on December 7
  • Disability Rights Oregon has three openings on its Board of Directors
  • Stinky Chicken Dog 2 documentary to premiere December 15th
  • Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on December 11
  • “The Listening Project” Oregon premier is December 16 at the Hollywood Theatre
  • Share your feedback with ODOT on its two options for improved passenger rail service
  • HLAA Portland Chapter will not have a December meeting, next one is in January
  • Oregon Deafblind Project recruiting a new director for its program
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Artist Rep’s Morrison Stage presents an ASL-Interpreted Night on December 7

The Morrison Stage at Portland’s Artist Rep is presenting “In The Wake” with ASL-interpretation on Friday, December 7. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at 1515 Southwest Morrison Street.

The box office phone, 503-242-0080, is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 pm. If you need assistance beyond these hours, please call and leave a message. On performance days, the box office will be open for walk-up sales and will-call one hour before curtain. Tickets may also be purchased online.

“In The Wake” was written by Lisa Kron and is directed by Josh Hecht. This is a funny, passionate, and ultimately searing play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character—and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves. Click here for an ASL interpreted description. More information about the play and Artist Rep is available on their website

Disability Rights Oregon has three openings on its Board of Directors

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is looking for people who want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Oregonians with disabilities. Currently, there are three opening on DRO’s board which includes people with disabilities, family members, attorneys familiar with disability issues, members of other organizations that are active on related issues, members of under-represented populations, and people from different regions of the state.

More information about the board’s role and how to apply is available on the DRO website and its Facebook page.

DRO’s mission is to promote and defend the rights of individuals with disabilities. It assists with legal problems directly related to disabilities, providing information and referral services to over 3000 people a year. DRO does not charge for its services and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Stinky Chicken Dog 2 documentary to premiere December 15th

Stinky Chicken Dog 2 by Jenni Funk is a documentary on people with special needs and animal companions. It will premiere Saturday, December 15, at 2:30 p.m. at New Expressive Works, 810 Southeast Belmont Avenue. Admission is $10 but no one will be turned away.

This documentary is a successor to last year’s Stinky Chicken Dog which was Funk’s first film supported by help from Cheryl Green. Jenni’s dog, Kali the chihuahua, does have breath that’s a little bit stinky and is very much a chicken as the films’ name suggests. However, Green says that the films are not just about Kali. “They’re about the complex, tender relationships people with special needs and disabilities have with their animals, whether they’re service animals or companions or pets. There’s joy, sadness, pride, wonder, and even longing. Jenni captures all of it in short films so beautifully.”

New Expressive Works is on TriMet line number 15 and near Numbers 6 and 70. Accessibility: ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices, Open Audio Description, Open Captions, wheelchair accessible venue. Please be scent-free (no perfume, fragranced laundry detergents or body or hair care products).

For more information, email or call 503-432-3169. You may also check out pictures from the film and RSVP on Facebook.

Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on December 11

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is conducting a course entitled “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” on Tuesday, December 11. The class is for the public and all city employees who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the City’s job application process.

Course participants will gain an understanding of the City’s online application and evaluation processes. Participants will also learn about how to apply by creating an account, finding job opportunities, reviewing job announcements, and submitting the job application.

For more information and to register, contact Loan Tran by emailing Anyone needing an ADA accommodation to participate in City-sponsored training, should contact the Bureau of Human Resources no less than five (5) days prior to the date of the event by contacting 503-823-6846 or TTY 503-823-6868; or emailing BHR Training and Workforce Development with ADA Accommodation Request noted in the subject line.

“The Listening Project’s” Oregon premiere is December 16 at the Hollywood Theatre

On December 16 at 7 p.m., Tucker Maxon School and AG Bell Oregon present the Oregon premiere of THE LISTENING PROJECT, a film by Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jane Madell. This is a 45-minute documentary film about the lives of young adults living with cochlear implants.The theatre is at 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard and admission is free.

It's an evening celebrating people living with hearing loss and using assistive technologies. It will offer insights that enrich our grasp on these important personal and public issues. The 45-minute screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Irene Taylor Brodsky (Emmy and Peabody Award winner) and Jane Madell, PhD, author and pediatric audiologist. Irene is the mother and daughter of deaf people who each wear cochlear implants, and a Tucker Maxon alumni parent.

The profound impact of technology on the lives and identities of young deaf adults is explored in this documentary film. Fourteen young deaf people tell stories beginning with a childhood wide-eyed about sound, into the growing pains of adolescence and, eventually, their professional lives. Sometimes humorous, always tender, The Listening Project is a timely coming-of-age story, one which most of us haven’t heard before.

This event is free, tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve yours today on the Hollywood Theatre's website. Please contact the Hollywood theater at 503-493-1128 in advance for information about assistive technology.

Share your feedback with ODOT on its two options for improved passenger rail service

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has completed its analysis for improving passenger rail service between Eugene-Springfield and Portland, a 125 mile segment. The results of the analysis are documented in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) being made available for public feedback. The public comment period is open through December 18.

The project has reached an important milestone with the DEIS’s release, which describes why the project is being proposed and the project alternatives. It examines the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of those alternatives. It also includes proposed ways to avoid interruption of service.

Both “build” alternatives in the DEIS accommodate increased passenger rail service:

  • Alternative 1 follows the existing Amtrak Cascades passenger rail route with improvements in track, signals and communications.
  • Alternative 2 is primarily a new route between Springfield and Oregon City along I-5, an existing freight rail line, and I-205. It would follow the existing alignment north of Oregon City.

Further information about ways to review the DEIS online or paper copies in Portland and how to comment on it are available on the ODOT - Passenger Rail website. There are also links there about the project, public involvement, a resource library, and how to contact the program.

HLAA Portland Chapter will not have a December meeting, next one is in January

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has announced that there will not be a December meeting. Monthly meetings will resume in January, at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Northwest 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street.

On November 19, the chapter met and conducted a short business meeting to elect its board. Currently, there are five members on the board which leaves two positions still vacant.

The HLAA Portland chapter is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere to meet other hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss. It is the third most prevalent chronic health condition in older adults, after arthritis and heart disease, making it an issue of national concern. Find out more about the Portland chapter and resources for persons with hearing loss on its website, including how to receive its monthlly newsletter.

Oregon Deafblind Project recruiting a new director for its program

The Oregon Deafblind Project is looking for someone with the motivation and skills to make a difference for families and children who are deafblind in Oregon. The current project director has helped to initiate a new direction for delivering technical assistance and training to families and professionals. Sadly, she is leaving to take on new challenges and her replacement is being sought. The new project director will join a team of regional partners to provide support and technical assistance to families and educational teams of children with deafblindness from birth through age 21.

Please apply if you have experience working with children and youth who have sensory disabilities and/or multiple disabilities and their families, are able to work collaboratively with educational teams and agencies, have knowledge of special education services, and have a master’s degree in deafblindness, visual impairment and/or deafness. This is a full-time position with an excellent benefit package.

Please download a pdf of the position announcement and find information about the employment application form on the Western Oregon University 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.