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Disability NEWS – February 6, 2019

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February 6, 2019

In This Issue…

  • Participate in PBOT’s Online Open House and have your say on e-scooters
  • L’Arche Portland holding community gatherings of people with & without intellectual disabilities
  • FACT Oregon invites families with a child receiving ODDS services
  • Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on February 12th
  • PP&R Inclusive Recreation offering a self defense class for people with disabilities
  • ACLU of Oregon invites people to participate in Lobby Day in Salem on February 18
  • NWDSA offering “We All Belong: Dual Diagnosis Down Syndrome/Autism” workshop February 21st
  • Incight & JobsNow’s First 2019 Job Fair is February 21st in Gresham/Rockwood area
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Participate in PBOT’s Online Open House and have your say on e-scooters

Earlier last month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) published its findings report on the 2018 E-Scooter Pilot Program and announced the return of e-scooters to Portland’s streets with a second 2019 pilot program starting in the spring. PBOT is seeking input from Portlanders by posting an online open house for feedback and ideas.

Participants have the opportunity to submit ideas about how the bureau can address some of the significant challenges related to scooter use, including sidewalk riding, improper parking and securing access to this new technology for all Portlanders. The online open house will be taking responses from now through February 15, 2019.

Shared electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017. Similar to bikeshare, the service provides personal transportation to rent for one-way trips. To begin a rental, companies typically require customers to download an app or text a number to unlock the device. To end a trip, customers park the scooter in the service area in the furnishings zone. The scooters typically do not lock to anything.

Further information about PBOT’s Pilot E-Scooter Pilot Program, rules of the road, laws applicable to e-scooters in Portland, an online complaint form, and more is available on the PBOT website.

L’Arche Portland holding community gatherings of people with & without intellectual disabilities

Join L’Arche Portland for monthly community gatherings of people with and without intellectual disabilities at potluck dinners and community celebrations. This is an opportunity to build relationships and establish a community of belonging.

L’Arche Portland believes in the power of relationships to bring community, belonging, and genuine love to people with and without intellectual disabilities who share a common experience of isolation and loneliness.

The gathering will be held in three locations during the month:

    1. L'Arche@Tabor – On First Thursdays, Copeland Commons room at Taborspace, 5441 Southeast Belmont Street
    2. L'Arche@Westside – Third Mondays, Fireside Room at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, 13715 Southwest Walker Road
    3. L'Arche@UP – One Saturday a month, Saint Mary's Lounge at University of Portland, 4852 North Willamette Boulevard

For more information on the gatherings with all the dates and times for the gatherings, visit the L’Arche event website.

FACT Oregon invites families with a child receiving ODDS services

The Oregon Office of Developmental Services (ODDS) is conducting a survey to learn about experiences with case management for persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon. FACT Oregon invites families with a child or family member receiving Developmental Disability services to share their experience.

ODDS has engaged with Health Management Associates (HMA), in collaboration with others, to make recommendations about changes to case management. One important goal of the current ODDS strategic plan is "Reforming the case management system so that every case management entities’ role and responsibility is clear and every entity operates fully in a person-centered approach.” Case management is fundamental to accessing person-centered services and supports, acts as the front line against abuse and neglect, and plays an important role in helping people to achieve their vision and goals. The hope is to ensure that Oregon has a case management system that is simple, responsive, and predictable for the people who rely upon it.

The survey is completely confidential and should take about 15 min. The survey link also offers contact information if you have questions, need help, or wish to take the survey in another language.

FACT Oregon is a statewide, cross-disability, family-led organization providing training, resources, and support to families experiencing disability across the lifespan. Its mission is to empower families in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping parents and caregivers. 

Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on February 12th

The City’s Bureau of Human Resources is conducting a course entitled “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” on Tuesday, February 12. 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 develop 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.

PP&R Inclusive Recreation offering a self defense class for people with disabilities

A self defense class, designed for people with disabilities, starts Wednesday, February 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 Southeast Ash Street. This is an adult class offered by Portland Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program.

Participants will have fun while learning personal safety through both hands on and role-playing. The instructor, John Hurlman, developed the program and worked for the Portland Police Bureau teaching self defense.

Register for the class at portlandparksorg. AIR offers community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs. Its services are designed to assist people in developing and using their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, well-being, and independence. Check out its Winter 2019 Guide on the web for details about classes being offered.

ACLU of Oregon invites people to participate in Lobby Day in Salem on February 18

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon is inviting people to meet other ACLU supporters on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, in Salem. This is an opportunity to meet state legislators and advocate for issues important to you with the ACLU of Oregon.

ACLU staff, members, and supporters from throughout Oregon will convene at the Capitol Building to meet with their state legislators to advance immigrant rights, juvenile justice reform, district attorney accountability, privacy in technology, and other important civil rights and civil liberties issues at stake during the 2019 legislative session.

Face-to-face meetings with legislators are crucial because lawmakers want to hear from their constituents before deciding on which bills to support. It is important to let them know that ACLU voters are paying attention. And what day is better than Presidents Day to do this? RSVP here if you want to participate in Lobby Day. The link offers more information including letting ACLU of Oregon know if you need help in getting there. In Portland and Eugene, ACLU of Oregon is offering free bus rides to and from Salem, and can also help connect people with others in your area to share a ride. Accessibility 9ASL, translation, mobilities, etc.) and meal needs may also be addressed when you RSVP.

The ACLU of Oregon is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. The ACLU of Oregon is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights.

NWDSA offering We All Belong: Dual Diagnosis Down Syndrome/Autism workshop February 21st

The “We All Belong: Dual Diagnosis Down Syndrome/Autism” workshop is being held by Northwest Down Syndrome Association on Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop is in the Multnomah Education Service District’s Auditorium at 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle. The goal is to provide community, research, tools, and tips to support families and help build life-long learners.

This is a training for families with Ds + Autism and for families wondering about Ds + other sensory, behavior, communication, or undiagnosed needs. It is also beneficial information for professionals who support individuals with Ds + Autism or other needs.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Joan Guthrie Medlen, Med, RDN — Parent of two children, one who experiences DS/Autism, dietician and author of Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook, participated in medical interest groups and is an expert in the field.
  • Dr. Joseph Pinter — Pediatric Neurologist, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Mary Williams – Occupational Therapist, Portland Public Schools
  • Julianne Douglas – Mother and advocate
  • Peyton Douglas-Doran – Youth advocate who experiences Ds/Autism

Registration is required for families at this link. Professionals are requested to register at this webpage. Both registration websites provide access in both English and Spanish.

Incight & JobsNow’s first 2019 Job Fair is February 21st in Gresham/Rockwood area

Join Incight & JobsNow for its first 2019 job fair at Victory Outreach Church on Thursday, February 21, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This results-driven and free event is designed to get jobseekers in front of the top employers in the community.

Twenty to 30 different employers are typically at these job fairs. This job fair will offer great resources to job seekers with disabilities who are looking to find a job. The event is open to every person, regardless of ability, education or field of interest. JobsNow will be offering 10 job fairs this year.

Register to attend and see employers at or call 971-244-0305. More information about Incight and JobsNow is available on the Incight and JobsNow websites.

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 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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