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Disability NEWS – March 20, 2019

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March 20, 2019

In This Issue

  • Disability NEWS editor retiring, Joanne Johnson to continue publishing the popular newsletter 
  • PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review
  • Join FACT Oregon for “Assistive Technology Series #1: Assistive Technology and the IEP”
  • 2019 All Born (in) Conference features 30 workshops and more on April 6th
  • National Federation of the Blind of Oregon is offering five scholarships for 2019
  • The Rental Services Commission is seeking a new member to join group
  • Commissioner Eudaly & PBOT introduce new service with on-demand taxis for people with disabilities
  • Join OHSU for Disability and Health Listening Sessions in Gresham and Hillsboro
  • Register now for the June 18 Inclusive Emergency Planning Workshop for Oregon
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Disability NEWS editor retiring, Joanne Johnson to continue publishing the popular newsletter

The Disability Program NEWS has been providing information to Portland’s disabilities community for nearly ten years with Patrick Philpott producing the twice-monthly publication. He will be retiring from the position at end of March and Joanne Johnson, Disability Program Coordinator, will continue to offer the NEWS online and as an email newsletter.

“I have enjoyed publishing the Disability NEWS and seeing the response from the community,” says Patrick. “Readership and program web numbers continue to rise, due in part to the many organizations that have supported this work by sharing information about their programs, services, workshops, events, and new resources. It’s been very rewarding to have this publication become a sought after information resource.”

Joanne shares, “Many of us know Patrick Philpott, the thorough and thoughtful journalist who has carefully crafted the Disability NEWS for over four years. His contributions to the Disability Program, and to Portland, are immeasurable. While it will be impossible to fill his shoes, I look forward to using the foundation he built to continue to share critical information with Portland’s disability communities.”

The current NEWS email address, www.disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov, should still be used to contact Joanne for subscription requests, sending in information for publication, and other inquiries. Patrick will still be accessible on his City email until the end of March, should anyone wish to contact him directly.

PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review

After two years of study and collaboration with community partners, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is ready to showcase PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan for public review. The bureau is seeking feedback from Portlanders to help PBOT shape the plan before it goes to City Council in late Spring. The public comment period is open until May 3.

An online survey asks for feedback on PedPDX’s Pedestrian Priority Network, the network of Portland streets and paths that provide important connections for people walking to key transit and land use destinations. It also seeks feedback on the PedPDX Implementation Toolbox, the shared work plan articulating the key actions and tools PBOT will use to implement PedPDX. The full draft plan and a video overview of the PedPDX public process is available online at www.pedpdx.com.

In addition to the online survey, PBOT has seven “View and Review” parties scheduled during March and April. A video overview of the plan will be shown at the event and participants will have a chance to discuss the plan with bureau staff. Complementary childcare will be provided at both events.

Join FACT Oregon for its “Assistive Technology Series #1: Assistive Technology and the IEP”

Assistive Technology Series #1: Assistive Technology and the IEP is being provided by FACT Oregon and the Community Vision AT Lab on Monday, March 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event will be at the Seven Corners Building, 2475 S.E. Ladd Avenue.

Join in for the AT Lab Open House, one on one help with AT in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), a kid-friendly movie with popcorn, and low-key activities. Please register in advance. If you have questions or concerns, please call 503-786-6082 or email registration@factoregon.org. Parking information is available at http://cv-atlab.org/contact/

2019 All Born (in) Conference features 30 workshops and more on April 6th

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.”

National Federation of the Blind of Oregon is offering five scholarships for 2019

Up to five scholarships will be awarded by the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFB of Oregon) this year to qualified applicants. At its fall state convention, NFB-Oregon awards the scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.

There may be two scholarships awarded in the amount of $2,000; two in the amount of $3,000; and one in the amount of $5,000. The Len Hannon Scholarship (named for a former leader in the Oregon State Legislature and friend of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon) may be awarded to an individual who has been a winner in the past and continues to make a difference in the lives of blind people. The Len Hannon Scholarship, if awarded, may be for any of the monetary denominations deemed appropriate by the Scholarship Committee.

Information about the NFB of Oregon College Scholarship Program, applicant qualifications and the application process are available on the scholarship program webpage. The NFB of Oregon 2019 Scholarship application deadline is June 30, 2019.

The Rental Services Commission is seeking a new member to join group

The Rental Services Commission (RSC) is seeking a new member. RSC advises the Portland Housing Bureau's Director, the Housing Commissioner, and Portland City Council on issues related to landlord-tenant policy issues, rental housing regulation and programs, and to provide a forum for public input.

The RSC meets monthly. Membership shall achieve a balanced citizen-based perspective encompassing knowledge of fair housing, rent-regulated and market-rate rental housing, landlord-tenant law, property management, renter-owner advocacy, rental housing access, and rental housing health & safety. Membership shall also take into account the socio-economic, gender, racial, ethnic, cultural, and geographic diversity of the City of Portland.

Click here for more information or to access the application.

The application is open until April 5, 2019. To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact Andrés Oswill at andres.oswill@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2378.

Commissioner Eudaly & PBOT introduce new service with on-demand taxis for people with disabilities

Last month, Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Interim PBOT Director Chris Warner joined Ride Connection, transportation providers, and partners in the disabled community to announce PDX WAV. This is a new program to make it easier for Portlanders with disabilities to hail a wheelchair-accessible taxi, Uber or Lyft ride.

Portlanders who rely on wheelchairs generally wait a disproportionate amount of time for a ride, and often are not able to hail a ride at all. To improve service, PBOT has developed PDX WAV, a new program that makes reliable, safe, private for-hire services more accessible for people who rely on mobility devices.

A key partner in PDX WAV is Ride Connection, a non-profit that specializes in transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. Ride Connection will provide the dispatch service for PDX WAV customers during business hours. On nights and weekends, 211Info will handle dispatch.

To make it easy for passengers who want to take a taxi, PBOT has partnered with Ride Connection and 211 to create this central Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicle dispatch center. Instead of having to call around to different companies to try and find a ride, customers only have to call one number: 503-865-4WAV (865-4928).

People may call 24-hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. A friendly dispatcher will locate an accessible taxi for the customer. PDX WAV's goal is to have rides pick up customers within 30-minutes. Fares vary by company, but are required to be equivalent to non-wheelchair accessible taxi services. Learn more at PDXWAV’s website.

Join OHSU for Disability and Health Listening Sessions in Gresham and Hillsboro

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health and the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Oregon Health & Science University, are hosting two Disability and Health Listening Session events for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and professional support/service providers who provide support them. Lunch will be provided. 

Gresham event: Monday April 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Multnomah County East Building, 600 Northeast 8th Street in the second floor Sharron Kelley Room in Gresham.

Hillsboro event: Thursday March 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 5170 NE Five Oaks Drive in Hillsboro.

The topics covered at the Listening Session are:

  • Mental Health,
  • Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships, and
  • Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management.

During the event participants will also learn about Oregon specific disability and health data and hear from local public health representatives about their programs and services. For more information visit: www.ohsu.edu/oodh.

You can register for the Gresham event at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNCVSB5 and the Hillsboro event at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KTLSN5T.

If you have any questions please contact Angela Weaver at 503-494-1205 or email her at weaverro@ohsu.edu.

Register now for the June 18 Inclusive Emergency Planning Workshop for Oregon

The Department of Human Services (DHS), the Oregon Health Authority/Oregon Public Health (OHA PH), and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) are holding an Oregon Inclusive Emergency Planning (ORIEP) Workshop for Oregon on June 18 at the Salem Convention Center.

Along with the State Independent Living Council and disability-led organizations, these agencies are are bringing together people with disabilities, seniors, disability organizations, and the emergency management community to identify inclusive priorities for Oregon to address in emergency plans.

Help improve emergency planning across Oregon to include persons who experience disabilities. Together, we can work toward emergency planning done with and for all Oregonians.

Attend the Oregon Inclusive Emergency Planning (ORIEP) Workshop if you are an Oregonian who:

  • Experiences visual, physical, hearing, emotional, developmental and/or cognitive disabilities
  • Is part of a group that serves or advocates for people who experience disabilities, or
  • Is interested or has experience in inclusive emergency management.

Participants will:

  • Help build a network of disability experts, emergency managers, non-governmental organizations and first responders
  • Discuss and better understand the needs in inclusive emergency planning and
  • Establish future goals and priorities with opportunities to help develop state and local emergency plans

The ORIEP Workshop registration is available online. It has been noted it may be difficult to register on this site for those who use screen readers. An alternative way to register is to contact Anna Feigum at oregon.masscare@state.or.us or 503-510-9361. Those who register will receive additional event information via email after registration. The workshop will also be shown live online. Sign up now for in-person or online attendance on the registration page.

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.