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Disability NEWS – February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

In This Issue…

  • Apply by February 24 to attend the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy
  • DRO’s Bob Joondeph to speak on his 30 years working for disability rights at City Club forum
  • Survey is available about TriMet plan to close 4 MAX Red & Blue Line stops in downtown Portland
  • 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
  • Register to join Urban Leaguers at “Our Voices United Lobby Day” on February 25
  • Join FACT Oregon for a day of learning at its PDX Metro West Regional Conference
  • Community celebrations for people with & without intellectual disabilities provided by L’Arche Portland
  • Register now for “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” workshop on March 12th
  • PBOT & PSU partner to bring new, improved Transportation Lunch and Learn Series for Portlanders
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Apply by February 24 to attend the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy

There's only four days left to apply for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy. ACI helps autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) to meet their advocacy goals at their college. ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

To apply for Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI), applicants must:

  • Be on the autism spectrum, or have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (an Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, or another Autism Spectrum Disorder). Applicatns do not have to have an official autism diagnosis to apply.
  • Be a student at a college or university with at least one year left before graduating. Students in TPSID programs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities), two-year community colleges, four-year colleges, and graduate school are eligible to apply.
  • Live in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (Please note: the policy sections of this program will focus on the United States).

ACI especially encourages students of color, LGBT students, low-income students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other marginalized communities to apply.

To apply, please submit a completed application by Sunday, February 24th, to Haley Outlaw at houtlaw@autisticadvocacy.org. Also contact Haley Outlaw if you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI.

DRO’s Bob Joondeph to speak on his 30 years working for disability rights at City Club forum

Bob Joondeph will speak on “30 Years in the Fight for Disability Rights” at the City Club of Portland’s February 22nd Friday Forum. The noontime event is being held at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue. People may also join the event by watching a live on any device on the City Club website or on KGW television’s live feed, listening on XRAY's  stations (91.1 FM & 107.1 FM), or watching television on Open Signal's CityNet and Community Access Network channels.

Bob will reflect on the history and current state of disability rights in Oregon, and on disability rights as civil rights. His remarks will be followed by an exit interview-style conversation with Steve Novick. The audience will also have a chance to ask questions.

For more than 30 years, Bob Joondeph has served as the Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon(DRO). He recently announced his pending retirement, which provides an opportunity to to reflect on the history and current state of disability rights in Oregon, and on disability rights as civil rights.

DRO has also served as a watchdog for the treatment of people with disabilities in our criminal justice system, and in 2018 it joined with the Mental Health Association of Portland and Cascadia Behavioral Health to successfully petition to become a “Friend of the Court” in the ongoing case challenging the use of force against people with psychiatric disabilities.

To find out more about attending this event, more information is available on the City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum webpage.

Survey is available about TriMet plan to close 4 MAX Red & Blue Line stops in downtown Portland

TriMet is considering the closure of four MAX Blue and Red Line stations in order to speed up travel though downtown Portland. The transit agency is seeking feedback on the proposed changes and has a survey to gather public input.

Each station is one or two blocks from another MAX station. Kings Hill and Skidmore Fountain are among the least-used MAX stations in downtown, and Kings Hill is currently closed during Timbers and Thorns soccergames due to station capacity. Removing these stations will cut MAX travel times by as much as 14 percent, or 2-1/2 minutes, in each direction.

More information on the proposed changes is available at trimet.org/maxdowntown.

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.

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

JobsNow will be offering 10 job fairs this year with the next one on Tuesday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way in Eugene.

Register to join Urban Leaguers at “Our Voices United Lobby Day” on February 25

The Urban League invites everyone to its 2019 Our Voices United Lobby Day. This February 25th, join Urban Leaguers from across the state, legislators, and allied community members as we lift our voices in the state’s capitol on the 2019 bills that will impact Black Oregonians.

The event is free with lunch provided. Our Voices United Lobby Day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem at Willamette University’s Cat Cavern Room, 900 State Street, and at State of Oregon Capitol. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Learn more about the Urban League’s top legislative priorities and what they mean for our communities

  • Speak with legislators about how their votes impact us
  • Attend legislative hearings to see legislators debate the issues
  • Tour Oregon’s capitol building
  • Exercise political power with fellow Black Oregonians

If you require transportation from Portland, please register. For questions, please contact Jackie Yerby at jyerby@ulpdx.org.

Join FACT Oregon for a day of learning at its PDX Metro West Regional Conference

Looking to learn more about the Individualized Education Program (IEP), proactively approaching issues at school, or assistive technology? Get all of this information and more in one day at Fact Oregon’s PDX Metro West Regional Conference on Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 to 4 p.m. The conference is at R.A. Brown Middle School, 1505 Southeast Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro.

Lunch, refreshments, and language interpretation provided.

Attendance is free for family members and Hillsboro School District staff. Educators and professionals are welcome to attend. To attend, please register now.

Enjoy trainings, connect with local resources, and learn critical information. 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

Community celebrations for people with & without intellectual disabilities provided by L’Arche Portland

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 around Portland during the months of March, April, May, and June:

  • L'Arche@Tabor – On First Thursdays, Copeland Commons room at Taborspace, 5441 Southeast Belmont Street
  • L'Arche@Westside – Third Mondays, Fireside Room at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, 13715 Southwest Walker Road
  • 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.

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

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

PBOT & PSU partner to bring new, improved Transportation Lunch and Learn Series for Portlanders

Portland’s Bureau of Tranportation (PBOT) is partnering with Portland State University’s (PSU) Transportation Research and Education Center to provide a wide range of topics of interest to the general public, city staff, and others. This is due to the popularity of PBOT’s 12 years with its Bike Lunch and Learn series. The newly created Transportation Lunch and Learn Series began at the first of February this year.

PedPDX: Addressing Equity through Citywide Pedestrian Planning is the topic for the March 15th Lunch and Learn that starts at 11:30 a.m. in PSU’s Karl Miller Center, 615 Southwest Harrison Street, Room 465. Participants may feel free to bring their lunch and a cup. Coffee and donuts will be provided for continued conversation after the presentation, from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Pedestrian safety and access is an equity issue. In Portland, inadequate pedestrian infrastructure and traffic safety concerns disproportionately impact low-income communities and people of color. The City is attempting to rectify these inequities through PedPDX, Portland’s new citywide pedestrian plan (anticipated for adoption in Spring 2019). PedPDX prioritizes sidewalk and crossing improvements and other investments, policies, strategies and tools to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city.

Come learn about the strategies PedPDX is using to address transportation equity in Portland, including establishing a data-based prioritization for citywide pedestrian investments, identifying roadway and behavioral characteristics most closely correlated with pedestrian crashes in order to prioritize needs before crashes happen, using pro-active outreach to engage disproportionately impacted residents, and applying innovative pedestrian design and policies to address pedestrian infrastructure needs.

The new Lunch and Learn series is modeled after PSU’s popular Traffic and Transportation Course, which has been sponsored by PBOT for the past 29 years. Each session dives deep into a specific transportation topic PBOT is currently working on and is presented by the bureau staff directly addressing the issue.

The new collaboration with PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) provides the series with a regular home in a beautiful, state-of-the-art meeting space in the Central City. Even better, TREC will offer online access to the sessions as a webinar to watch from anywhere. You can even pose questions online for the presenters to answer in real-time. Anyone who misses a presentation, will find the video and slides from the talk available at TREC’s online archive.

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.