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Disability NEWS – March 6, 2019

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March 6, 2019

In This Issue

  • Register now for the 14th annual All Born (in) Conference
  • Incight & JobsNow are conducting a Spring Job Fair in Eugene
  • Central City Concern extends an invite to its 40-Year Anniversary Open House
  • Hearing Loss Association of America-Portland meeting is March 16th
  • Engage for Change offers a Youth Transition Resource Fair in Salem
  • Mental Health First Aid Training being conducted by Elders in Action
  • Join the IDDAC Community Support Tools & Information Panel for three sessions
  • March 25th is deadline to apply for a Peerpocalypse Scholarship
  • Your voice matters, learn how to use it at Elders in Action’s CIVICS 101
  • NAMI Multnomah is pleased to offer Family-to-Family classes this spring
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Register now for the 14th annual All Born (in) Conference

The 14th annual All Born (in) Cross-disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference features over 30 workshops spanning early childhood to college transition, keynote presentation, special guests, entertainment, art sale, and much more. The conference is Saturday, April 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn, 8439 Northeast Columbia Boulevard. The theme is Support Inclusion; Reject Segregation, We All Belong.

Register now for a day of celebrating community and learning how to use Universal Design for learning and best practices to reach and teach every child. Share, learn, and make connections so that we can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that our children are all born "in".

ABI is a program of NW Disability Support and is a movement in pursuit of an inclusive civil society. ABI seeks to end segregation and promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our schools and communities. The conference was founded in 2006 in partnership with Portland State University’s joint certification program and the Center on Inclusive Education. It has grown to become a cornerstone resource in the Northwest region, engaging many innovative parents, professionals, and community partners to embrace the fact that children are all born “in”.

Incight & JobsNow are conducting a Spring Job Fair in Eugene

Join Incight & JobsNow on Tuesday, March 12 for a spring job fair at Valley River Inn in Eugene. The free event will be 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.

The companies attending represent many different fields of interest. Whether someone is looking for work, considering a career change or searching for new opportunities, these events are designed with  the participant’s success in mind.

The attendees are provided with an orientation as they arrive, offered throughout the fair, to boost confidence and becoming savvy in talking with the employers.

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.

Central City Concern extends an invite to its 40-Year Anniversary Open House

Please join Central City Concern (CCC) for an open house event that takes participants through a fascinating trip back in time on Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event at the Old Town Recovery Center, 33 Northwest Broadway has “decade rooms” showcasing history, memorabilia, and CCC friends from those eras.

Learn the many ways CCC and Portland have grown from meeting the needs of Old Town’s “Skid Row” to becoming a respected leader in compassionate community health. Join old and new friends to celebrate 40 years of hope and healing. Questions may be sent by sending an email to events@ccconcern.org.

In the early 1970s Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood was populated largely by older men living in shabby, crime-ridden single room occupancy (SRO) buildings. The rent was cheap, the drug of choice was alcohol and Portland’s street inebriate problem was one of the worst in the nation. In 1979, in response to this growing problem, the City of Portland and Multnomah County together created the Burnside Consortium, now known as Central City Concern.

CCC’s initial work involved alcohol recovery treatment as well as affordable housing management and rehabilitation. Early on, it was clear to CCC leaders that safe housing was of paramount importance to those in recovery and to the neighborhood at large. CCC’s work in renovating urban, SRO housing became a standard for other nonprofit housing organizations and attracted national attention.

Hearing Loss Association of America-Portland meeting is March 16th

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Portland’s monthly meeting is set for Saturday, March 16, starting at 10 a.m. The meetings are an open forum for attendees to share the important hearing loss topics where they need support and resources. The group meets in Legacy Good Samaritan’s second floor conference room in Building 2, 1040 Northwest 22nd at Marshall Street.

Two more meetings are scheduled for April 20 and May 18, also at the same time and location. After the May meeting, the chapter takes a summer break until resuming for the remainder of 2019 on September 21 and continuing on the third Saturday each month until December 21. 

HLAA Portland’s meetings are open to anyone affected by hearing loss, including spouses and partners. Captioning and a loop are provided so that everyone can participate. Attendees are also encouraged to bring any personal assistive devices they use to show other participants.

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, http://www.hlaa-or.org/portland-chapter.html, including how to receive its monthly newsletter.

Engage for Change offers a Youth Transition Resource Fair in Salem

Oregon's Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Transition and Oregon Commission for the Blind is holding a Youth Transition Resource Fair on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fair at the Willamette Education Service District, 2611 Pringle Road Southeast in Salem, is for youth who are deaf, deaf blind, hard of hearing, blind, or have low vision.

Attendees may:

  • Browse resource booths
  • Attend presentations on transition topics
  • Get individualized information on transition
  • Enter to win Door Prize Drawings

Please register in advance at the eventbright webpage. Spanish interpreters, ASL interpreters, and captioning is provided. Please indicate accommodations needed when registering to attend.

Mental Health First Aid Training being conducted by Elders in Action

Approximately 20 percent of older adults experience some mental health challenge, and they often go unrecognized and untreated. Elders in Action is conducting “Mental Health First Aid” [http://eldersinaction.org/event/mental-health-first-aid-training-rsvp-required-3/] training on two Mondays, starting March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the second one on March 25. Both will be at the United Way, 619 Southwest 11th Avenue, Room 300.

This free training is intended for the general public to recognize the signs of mental health issues and help connect people with resources. Participants are encouraged to take both sessions and be awarded a certificate. (It is okay to attend only the first session, but only people who attend the first session can attend the second one.)

Space is limited, so please RSVP to info@eldersinaction.org. This training is free, however there is a material fee of $22. Checks, made out to Elders in Action, or cash if preferred.

Join the IDDAC Community Support Tools & Information Panel for three sessions

Beginning in March, the Portland Police Bureau’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee (IDDAC) will be hosting a three-panel series providing information for the IDD professional community. Experts will share information related to sexual and domestic violence, navigating the jail system and the forensic diversion programs, and houselessness in the IDD community.

Register now for one (or more) panels to learn about resources to better support the IDD community. The sessions, by month, will address March — Sexual and Domestic Violence in the I/DD Community, April — Jail + Forensic Diversion, and May — Identifying Needs and Resources in Houselessness + Disability Community.

All panels will be hosted at the East Precinct Building (737 Southeast 106th Avenue. Space is limited so register now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YM5HT3G or by emailing Kate Paul at kpaul@thearcmult.org. Those who do not register, may be able to attend if there is room. Space is only guaranteed by confirmed RSVP.

March 25th is deadline to apply for a Peerpocalypse Scholarship

The Office of Consumer Activities Invites Oregon Behavioral Health Consumers & Peers to Apply for Peerpocalypse Scholarships. Peerpocalypse is organized and presented by the Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon and offers participants the chance to connect, share information, and celebrate together. This year’s conference will be held in Salem from May 20 through 23. 

Peerpocalypse is a conference of leaders, emerging leaders, innovators, and peers who want to become more involved in the peer community. Adopting the philosophy that peers bring with them a great deal of knowledge and expertise, the event is about bringing the community together to share information, skills, and experience. To learn more about the conference, visit the official Peerpocalypse website at www.peerpocalypse.com.

Twenty-four scholarships are being offered to Oregon behavioral health consumers and peers who wish to attend Peerpocalypse 2019. OCA-awarded scholarships will cover costs related to conference attendance, including event registration, mileage to and from the conference, hotel, and per diem for meals not provided by the conference. For the purposes of this announcement, a “peer” is someone who: 

  • Is receiving, or has received services for a mental health condition or substance use disorder, or
  • Identifies as having lived experience with a mental health condition or substance use disorder, or
  • Is the parent or caregiver of a similarly qualifying youth.

To ask questions about the scholarship process, please contact the OCA by email at OHA.OCA@dhsoha.state.or.us or by phone at 503-945-6190. The OCA will also host a conference call on March 8 from 11 a.m. to noon to answer questions and provide help with the application process. To join, call 866-434-5269 and enter access code 3490709#.

Applications will be accepted from now until 11:59 p.m. on March 25. The OCA will put together a scoring committee which will meet during the week of March 25th, and applicants will be notified about the status of their application by April 5, 2019.

Your voice matters, learn how to use it at Elders in Action’s CIVICS 101

Looking to be more involved with city, county, and regional government for your community? Then Elders in Action’s CIVICS 101 is for you. Sponsored by the Multnomah Bar Foundation, participants will learn about the structure and operation of various levels of government, engage with elected officials, and how to advocate for causes in the five-session training series.

Last year’s Civics 101 series was an enormous success and this year’s will explore new jurisdictions. This year, Elders in Action is also partnering with AARP Oregon.

The five sessions are:

  1. Session #1 Inside the City of Beaverton – Tuesday, March 19th, 1 to 3 p.m.
  2. Session #2 Inside the City of Portland – Tuesday, March 26th, 1 to 3 p.m.
  3. Session #3 Inside Washington County – Tuesday, April 2nd, 1 to 3 p.m.
  4. Session #4 Metro Regional Government – Tuesday, April 9th, 1 to 3 p.m.
  5. Session #5 Advocacy Forum - Tuesday, April 16th, 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information and registration contact: (503) 595-7530 or info@eldersinaction.org, A flyer with full information and details is available at CIVICS 101 Flyer 2019 or at the Elders in Action website.

NAMI Multnomah is pleased to offer Family-to-Family classes this spring

Starting in April, NAMI Multnomah is offering NAMI Family-to-Family [http://namimultnomah.org/classes/family-to-family/] classes. Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session class for family, friends, and significant others of individuals living with mental health conditions. It is a designated evidenced-based program with two classes being offered.

  • Thursdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. in North Portland, beginning April 4th
  • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to Noon in Northeast Portland, beginning April 6th

Registration is required – please call 503-200-2900 to register or for more information.

Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family-to-Family is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises.

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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