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Disability NEWS – January 16, 2019

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January 16, 2019

In This Issue:

  • Office of Community & Civic Life is conducting a survey for feedback on Civic Engagement
  • NWDSA conducting Kindergarten Transition: Get Ready For the Big Day on January 19
  • Residential Facilities Ombudsman office holding January 23 orientation for becoming an Ambassador
  • MULTCO invites the community to Portland 2.0 Kickoff Event on January 26
  • Attend the January 30th Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) Town Hall
  • DRO sets 2019 Legislative Agenda to help improve the lives of Oregonians with disabilities
  • Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries being offered by PCC
  • NAMI Multnomah offering a free class starting in February for vets with mental health conditions
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Office of Community & Civic Life is conducting a survey for feedback on Civic Engagement

The Office of Community & Civic Life is conducting a community-wide survey to better understand what civic engagement means to people and what they need to be engaged with the City of Portland. This survey is an engagement opportunity for the community to give input on how civic engagement in Portland can reflect the many ways that they would like to engage, deliberate, and have conversations with government.

Please take the survey and add your experiences, suggestions, and thoughts to the mix. And share it. This survey is for everyone.

If you are a person with disabilities, this survey is even more important. Show the City the many ways disabled people are already engaged in Portland. Share your ideas to make being part of City decision-making easier and more welcoming.

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.

Residential Facilities Ombudsman office holding January 23 orientation for becoming an Ambassador

The Residential Facilities Ombudsman program (RFO) is hosting a one-hour information orientation on January 23rd for potential volunteer Ambassadors with the RFO in Multnomah County. This program provides advocacy for individuals living in homes licensed or certified for intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. The informational session will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Seven Corners Collaborative, 2475 Southeast Ladd Avenue in Portland.

A minimum of 30 volunteers are hoped to be recruited for helping introduce advocacy services to more than 1,870 individuals living in approximately 500 homes served by RFO within Multnomah County. For more information, call 1-844-674-4567 or email RFO.info@oregon.gov.

The work of a RFO Ambassador is to:

  • Introduce the RFO services to individuals through in-home visits
  • Represent the RFO at local fairs, expos, conferences, and community events
  • Educate individuals, local and state systems, on daily issues faced by individuals

The program is an independent state program that is resident rights and client wishes driven. Because it is independent, it is the only program operating strictly on behalf of residents, without obligation to any facility providing care or any or the state or county agencies regulating those providers. It is authorized to serve individuals under ORS 443.380-396.

MULTCO invites the community to Portland 2.0 Kickoff Event on January 26

Multnomah County Commissioners Jessica Vega Pederson and David Yaden invite everyone to a Portland 2.0 kickoff event January 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Portland State University’s Hoffman Hall, 1833 Southwest 11th Avenue. Become part of the vanguard by participating in this event and in two subsequent workshops on February 8th and 22nd.

A group of 30 to 50 participants will be a rich resource, individually and as a group, for forums such as City Club and for the leadership training programs of other organizations. They will be recognized as civic thought leaders with knowledge and perspective that makes what they do more effective and informed as civic leaders.

This project is not a young leader training program, of which there are already many excellent examples. Nor is it a topically focused convening (housing affordability, etc.), although there will be room for plenty of spirited engagement. The focus will be on how problems, issues, and goals do or do not get successfully addressed.

A core intention of Portland 2.0 is to nudge the civic discourse into considering how the Portland region governs itself, how things do or don’t get done, and the capacity of our “civic infrastructure” as a shared endeavor of citizens and leaders to shape and achieve “what’s next” in pursuit of a community of broadly shared opportunity.

Attend the January 30th Committee on Community-Engaged Policing Town Hall

Join the Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing (PCCEP) on Wednesday, January 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for a regular meeting that includes a town hall co-hosted with the Compliance Officer and Community Liaison.

This meeting is being held in the McGuire Auditorium on Warner Pacific University, 2219 Southeast 68th Avenue. TriMet’s #2 bus line stops nearby and there is visitor parking within Warner Pacific University. Printed visitor parking passes will be available at the doors of the McGuire Auditorium.

ASL interpreters will be provided as accommodations for this public event. 

To help ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. If there are ways to help you participate more fully in this process, please contact Claudia Claudio at 971-336-0075 or claudia.claudio@portlandoregon.gov. Further information about the event is available on its website.

DRO sets its 2019 Legislative Agenda to help improve the lives of Oregonians with disabilities

Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session begins January 22 and Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has prepared an agenda to help improve Oregonians with disabilities lives. DRO’s 2019 Legislative Priorities address:

  • People for whom a guardian has been appointed
  • People who experience a mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system
  • People with mental illness who are trying to access care in the community
  • Parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities

To find out more about DRO’s 2019 Legislative Agenda, more details are available on the web page. DRO advocates for legislation and public policy that will protect and increase the independence, safety, and integration of people who have disabilities. Further information about its work and services is on the DRO website.

Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries being offered by PCC

Portland Community College is proud to offer a scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries. This is an amazing opportunity to offer financial assistance to students in the Portland area who are interested in pursuing their academic goals in a supportive college environment. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Be enrolled as a PCC degree seeking student in Fall 2019 taking at least 6 credits/term
  • Experience a spinal cord injury that impacts daily living and academic engagement
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have demonstrated financial need

Interested individuals should complete the brief online form at this link. Those who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to apply for the scholarship, which will provide for all tuition, books, and fees. Those who don’t meet eligibility requirements for this scholarship may be eligible to participate in other opportunities. Referrals will be offered where appropriate.

Best consideration will be given to those who reply by March 1, 2019. Please note that individuals who are selected for this scholarship will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Disability Rights Oregon for individual consultation regarding questions about SSI or SSDI benefits.

Questions should be directed to Kaela Parks, Director of Disability Services. Kayla may be contacted by phone 971-722-4868 or email at kaela.parks@pcc.edu.

NAMI Multnomah offering a free class starting in February for vets with mental health conditions

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Multnomah Affiliate is providing an educational opportunity, NAMI Homefront, starting February 12 to help service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

The class is free, but requires pre-registration. Call 503-228-5692 to register or for more information. Classes meet one time per week for two to three hours.

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 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.

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.

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