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Disability NEWS – December 19, 2018

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December 19, 2018

In This Issue

  • Reducing single-use plastics community conversations lead to new ordinance passage
  • 2019-2020 Incight Scholarship Program accepting applications from students with disabilities
  • DRO offers a Fair Housing Handbook about requesting reasonable accommodation
  • NAMI Multnomah offering three free classes to start in January for vets, families and peers
  • Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on January 8th
  • Hearing Loss Association of America-Portland changes meeting day & time for 2019
  • Join FACT Oregon for a day of learning and networking in Gresham on January 12th
  • NWDSA conducting Kindergarten Transition: Get Ready For the Big Day on January 19
  • Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio magazine for adults with disabilities
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Reducing single-use plastics community conversations lead to new ordinance passage

Community feedback guided the policy development of the recently passed ordinance to reduce the automatic distribution of single-use plastics in Portland. On December 5th, Portland City Council unanimously passed the ordinance to cut back on single-use plastic service ware while Portlanders who rely on these items for healthcare situations may still obtain what they need.

In June 2018, Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) to develop a strategy to reduce single-use plastics and invite feedback from community members, hospitals and care facilities, and businesses that stock and supply straws.

A work group, consisting of restaurants, wholesalers, a medical facility, American Disability Act (ADA) straw-users, and environmental advocates, contributed their time to discussing plastics reduction at a series of meetings, along with partners from Multnomah County, Prosper Portland, and the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR).

“The Mayor and task force embraced the need to create an inclusive policy that balanced the needs of both people living with disabilities and the environment,” said Nickole Cheron, ADA title II and disability equity manager in OEHR. “We must continue to always ask ourselves who is the most impacted by our decisions and make sure we bring them to the table to insure an equitable path forward.”

“The Portland restaurant community appreciates the city keeping the ordinance “by-request”, respecting the need for single-use plastics for our customers, especially those in the disabled community," said Greg Astley, government affairs director, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association. "Portland restaurants recognize the need to reduce plastics in the waste stream balanced with the needs of our guests.”

2019-2020 Incight Scholarship Program accepting applications from students with disabilities

Are you a student with a disability who is going to higher education in Oregon or Southwest Washington? The Incight 2019-2020 Scholarship Applications are now open through April 1, 2019.

Since 2004, Incight has awarded more than 850 scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing higher education. These scholars are enrolled in community colleges, universities, vocational schools and graduate programs. Students who demonstrate outstanding service to their community and overcome personal obstacles are awarded scholarships from Incight.

A new requirement for applicants is they must be attending a college in Oregon or Southwest Washington. Applicants must have a documented disability and be attending higher education following their application year. Full-time enrollment must also be maintained.

More information, including the scholarship application, for the 2019-2020 Incight Scholarship program is available on the website.

Incight was founded in 2004, by Vail Horton, who is a congenital amputee from Palm Desert, and Scott Hatley from Portland, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Its mission is to unlock the potential of people with disabilities.

DRO offers a Fair Housing Handbook about requesting reasonable accommodation

A home is more than a structure for most persons. It’s a foundation for their dreams and a source of comfort and security. Everyone needs safe, stable housing, however people with disabilities often face barriers in accessing it. To lift those barriers, one may request a reasonable accommodation to have the same opportunity to use the housing as a person without disabilities.

Disability Rights Oregon has produced and made available a Fair Housing Handbook to help understand the steps in requesting reasonable accommodation. Federal law protects people with disabilities from discrimination in all types of housing, including rental units, condos, and houses. Under the Fair Housing Act, it’s discriminatory for a landlord to refuse to make a reasonable accommodation.

On DRO’s website, there is a section that provides videos and information concerning making a request for reasonable accommodation – what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation, assistance animals, parking, elevators, eviction, and other topics.

Disability Rights Oregon is the protection & advocacy system for Oregon. It envisions a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. More information about DRO and its services is available on the DRO website.

NAMI Multnomah offering three free classes to start in January for vets, families and peers

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Multnomah Affiliate is providing three educational opportunities starting in early 2019 to help educate people in the Portland metro area about mental health issues. The classes are aimed for family members and loved ones, individuals with mental health conditions, and for veterans.

All classes are free, but require pre-registration. Call 503-228-5692 to register or for more information. Classes meet one time per week for two to three hours. Here is a list of the classes being provided with links for further information, class flyer downloads, and how to pre-register.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. Two classes being held during January. The evening class is Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Emanuel Legacy Hospital in North Portland, beginning January 3rd. A morning class will be Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. at Portland Providence in Northeast Portland, beginning January 5th.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people with serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. It consists of eight two-hour sessions over eight weeks and is taught by a team of trained program leaders and a volunteer support person who are all personally experienced at living well with mental illness. Classes are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Portland Providence in Northeast Portland, January 12th through March 2nd.

NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. It is based on the NAMI Family-to-Family program. NAMI Homefront meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Portland VA from February 12th to March 19th.

NAMI Multnomah is the Portland metro affiliate and one of 1,100 nationwide affiliates of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. NAMI Multnomah helps educate people in the Portland metro area about mental health issues. It holds regular educational events, weekly support groups, and quarterly classes to help individuals and families better understand how to live with mental illness, begin the process of recovery, and sustain wellness.

Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on January 8th

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is conducting a course entitled “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” on Tuesday, January 8. 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 loan.tran@portlandoregon.gov. 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.

Hearing Loss Association of America-Portland changes meeting day & time for 2019

Hearing Loss Association of America-Portland’s 2019 meetings are being moved to Saturday mornings. As of January, the monthly meetings will be 10 a.m. on a Saturday. The first meeting will be the second Saturday, January 12th, and beginning on the third Saturday, February 16 to May 18. After a summer break, the meetings will resume from September 21 to December 21.

The group will continue to meet at Legacy Good Samaritan, in the second floor conference room in Building 2, where it has held most of its recent meetings. The building address is 1040 Northwest 22nd at Marshall Street. Also, HLAA-Portland will not have a December meeting this month.

The January 12, 2019 meeting will be an open forum for members to share the important hearing loss topics where they need support and resources.

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 monthly newsletter.

Join FACT Oregon for a day of learning and networking in Gresham on January 12th

FACT Oregon is holding its Gresham Regional Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, at 330 Powell Boulevard in Gresham. The conference is free for parents or family members of a child with a disability and Gresham Barlow School District Staff. It promises to be a day of learning and networking.

The conference features topics for families with children ages 0 to 21, such as: 

  • Transition to Kindergarten
  • Special Education and the IEP - Behavior Supports
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Assistive Technology
  • Financial Planning
  • Person-centered Planning 

Participants may enjoy trainings, connecting with local resources, and learning critical information. Lunch, refreshments, and language information will be provided. The conference information on FACT Oregon’s events calendar offers further information, downloadable flyers, and a link to register.

NWDSA conducting “Kindergarten Transition: Get Ready For the Big Day” in January

To help families of young children with developmental disabilities get ready for their child’s entry into kintergarten, Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is offering “Kindergarten Transition: Get Ready For the Big Day” on Saturday, January 19. From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., dive into tools, tips, rights, and partnerships for a great start to kindergarten. The free training, in both English and Spanish, is at the MESD Auditorium, 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle.

Moving from early childhood to the school years is exciting and can be confusing without tools and mentors to help navigate the transition. Bring your parental expertise and dreams to join with coordinators and guest speakers who want to help you along this exciting adventure.

Lunch is provided and RSVP is required. Visit the training’s website to learn more and register. If you require interpretation other than Spanish (other languages, ASL, etc.), please register at least two weeks in advance of the workshop.

NWDSA  has been a parent-driven family support network since 1997. NWDSA’s mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability including Down syndrome. NWDSA/All Born (In) will accomplish this mission by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by developmental disability. Together with its cross-disability sister project, All Born (In), founded in 2006, they will work to increase education, promote public understanding and acceptance, work toward full inclusion, and defend the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome. 

Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio magazine for adults with disabilities

Any adult who has difficulty reading or even holding a magazine is eligible to receive an audio magazine from Choice Magazine Listening (CML). Four times a year, listeners receive 12 hours of great magazine writing with the Library of Congress talking book player provided for free. Recipients may enjoy the issue for several weeks, then return it in the postage-free mail that it arrived in. CML is also available as a download.

Since 1962, Choice Magazine Listening has been serving adults with conditions which make it difficult to read standard print. Articles are collected from more than 100 publications, including National Geographic, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Smithsonian, and more. Selected pieces are read by some of America’s top audiobook narrators.

Subscribers include those with conditions such as low vision, macular degeneration, blindness, MS, diabetes, cerebral palsy, ALS, Dyslexia and Parkinson’s.

CML is a nonprofit organization supported by tax-deductible donations and grants. The service is free of charge to all listeners. For more information, call toll-free at 888-724-6423 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time (three hours ahead of Pacific Time). The organization also has a website for information about its work, how to request a free subscription, access to issues, useful links, and contact information.

Visit Disability Program 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 disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov. 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.