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Disability NEWS--May 15, 2019

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May 15, 2019


In This Issue…

To go to a specific section of the NEWS, click the category name.


  • Give your feedback on Community & Civic Life’s Code Change, through May 18
  • Public Hearings on Multnomah County Budget 2020, through May 22
  • Submit your feedback to Southwest in Motion, by May 24
  • Take the Portland Community Insights Survey, through May 28
  • Disability Rights Oregon Invites Community to Shape Priorities



  • NAMI offers panel on Supporting Women Veterans Mental Health, May 28
  • Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Interactive Info Fair May 29
  • NAMI offers veterans-only peer-to-peer course, starting June 20
  • Dia De La Familia, a day of training and action, June 29



  • Incight hosts Job Fair in Clackamas, May 21
  • Attend the Black Business Summit, June 1
  • Be a Vendor at the Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival, by June 14



  • Interpreted Oregon Shakespeare Festival coming to Ashland, May 24
  • Urban League Community Resource Fair, June 1



  • Hearing Loss Association Portland Chapter Meeting, May 24
  • FAQs on the NEWS



Give your feedback on Community & Civic Life’s Code Change, through May 18

The Office of Community & Civic Life at the City of Portland has an old code—an old description of what the office does. It’s time for an update! Find out more about the Code Change here.

They are nearing the end of a year-long community engagement process, and they have some draft language for people to review. Share your feedback now in this 5 minute survey!


Public Hearings on Multnomah County Budget 2020 through May 22

Multnomah County is holding public hearings through May to gather community input on the 2020 County budget.

The final hearing is:  

May 22, 6-8 PM

 Roosevelt High School - 6941 N Central St. 

More information available at:

To make specific requests for disability or language access, please contact Robyn Johnson at 971-347-5831



Submit your feedback to Southwest in Motion before Friday, May 24

The public review draft of Southwest in Motion (SWIM) is out!

Like the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) other plans for active transportation, such as East Portland in Motion and Central City in Motion, SWIM is a realistic short-term action plan that identifies and prioritizes walking and biking projects for Southwest Portland.

`The public review draft of SWIM and an accompanying survey will be open for six weeks, through Friday, May 24.

Submit your feedback and find a link to the full SWIM plan here.


Take the 2019 Portland Community Insights Survey, through May 28


Take the 2019 Portland Community Insights Survey and make your opinion count!  Share your policy and budget priorities, rank your satisfaction with City government services, and tell us your ideas for how we can do better.

 Anyone from the Portland community is invited to take the survey online until May 28th. We are also bringing the survey directly to Portlanders with the help of our “Community Data Fellows,” a group of community-based canvassers.

Insights from the survey will be shared with City Bureaus and City Council to help them make decisions that reflect Portlanders’ diverse perspectives.

Make your voice heard by your local government!

Take the Community Insights survey online here.


Disability Rights Oregon invites disability communities to shape priorities

You can access their 2019 Community Priorities Survey here. A survey link is also available online on their website.  The survey is available in Spanish: Encuesta de prioridades comunitarias de discapacidad de Disability Rights Oregon 2019. If you need an alternate format to complete this survey, please contact Disability Rights Oregon at (503) 243-2081 or 1 (800) 452-1694 or



NAMI offers panel on Supporting Women Veterans Mental Health Tuesday, May 28

NAMI’S Evening with the Experts will consist of a panel of community members sharing their unique experiences as women veterans accessing mental health services. This event is open to veterans, family members, service provides- anyone and everyone!

 It will take place at the Social Room at Providence Portland Medical Center on Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30-8:30 PM. 4805 NE Glisan St., Portland. RSVP at or 503-228-5692.


Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Interactive Info Fair, Wednesday, May 29

Every person in the IDD community should know their options for services and be able to have fun while learning!

Enjoy activities for all ages, snacks, and refreshments. We can serve people in multiple languages. Guests will be able to get information about free services, including:


  • Behavior Consultation
  • Support Service Brokerages
  • Relief Care
  • Transition Age Services
  • Transportation
  • Summer Activities
  • ISP Assistance
  • Employment
  • Residential Options
  • Event details


Find more info, including time, location, and registration here.


NAMI offers a Veteran-Only Peer-to-Peer Course

This is a free recovery program for veterans of all eras experience a mental health challenge. Whether you are at the start of your journey or have had years of experience, you can benefit from this course.

This class will take place Thursdays 2:00-4:00 PM, June 20th-August 15th at Portland Providence in NE Portland. The class will not meet on Independence Day. Registration is required by calling 503-228-5692.


Dia De La Familia, a day of training and family networking, June 29

Multnomah County Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services (IDDS) and Bien Estar De La Familia in partnership with Padres en Acción and Disability Rights Oregon is hosting "Dia de La Familia", a day of training and family networking.

The event is Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 10029 NE Prescott St. in Portland. 

 The day will also include community resource tables, family networking opportunities and children's activities, plus a raffle and prizes.  A light breakfast and a Mexican cuisine lunch are included. For more information call 503.988.4584.



Incight hosts Job Fair in Clackamas, May 21

From Incight: We encourage everyone to take a more active approach and attend our job fair in Clackamas next week. Meet dozens of employers face-to-face and have the opportunity to put a face to your resume.

Companies represent many different fields of interest, and it's completely free for job seekers to attend!

Register for the Clackamas Job Fair here. Find more job fairs from Incight at


Attend the June 1 Black Business Summit

IT’S HERE! Attend the 2019 Black Business Summit.

On June 1 2019, the Pan African Festival of Oregon in collaboration with Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, the Business Outreach Program and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. will welcome aspiring and current business owners along with their supporters from across the state to join us for the first ever Black Business Summit in Oregon.

The Black Business Summit will celebrate black business owners and bring together leading business experts to inspire and educate business leaders with new tools, strategies, and best practices to bring back to their companies and communities.


Be a Vendor at the Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival, by June 14

We are pleased to announce that the preparations for the third annual Portland International Muslim Cultural Festival, "Silk Road Echos," are well underway.

Please join us for this celebration of the diverse cultures and traditions of Muslims, representing over 42 ethnic groups in Portland, to bridge greater understanding and dialogue.

We have spots available for Vendors/Exhibitors to join us; if you are interested in reserving a table at the festival, please download and fill out the application here [PDF] and email it to  Please make sure to fill out and sign both pages 1 and 2 and include payment. Deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019.



Interpreted Oregon Shakespeare Festival coming to Ashland, May 24

Sign Interpreted Performances. Please contact the Box Office at 800-219-8161, or email to purchase your tickets in the Deaf Community section. Tickets are not available online. During this season, ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters will be provided at 8 performances. Accompanying pre-show Prologues will be presented in ASL. Find dates and shows here


Kick off Summer with the Urban League Resource Fair, June 1


Kick off the summer with us! Enjoy good music, food, community, and learn more about The Urban League and their services.

It is Saturday June 1st, 2019 from 11am to 3pm at the Urban League, 10 N Russell Street.

We will be offering free services that include: Dental Appointments, Fresh Produce Giveaways, Blood Pressure Checks, Body Mass Index checks, Massages, OHP & TANF Enrollment, Trimet Low-Income Fare Enrollment, Expungement Assistance, Kids Activities, Raffle Prizes, Gift Card Giveaways, Food by Trap Kitchen, and more!

Find out more at the Urban League’s Facebook Page or call Denisha Brown at 503-358-2100 or



Hearing Loss Association Portland Chapter Meeting, May 24

This is the last regular meeting until September.

Meetings are open discussions of hearing aids and cochlear implants, assistive technology, advocacy, and communication.  Meetings are at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, in the 2nd floor Conference Room in Building 2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue. For more information, visit the Portland Chapter, Hearing Loss Association of America and scroll to Our Chapter Meetings.



FAQs on the NEWS

1. How often do issues come out?

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly by the City of Portland’s Disability Program, part of the Office of Community & Civic Life. The NEWS, including back issues, is also available at this link.

2. How do I subscribe to the the NEWS?

To subscribe, please email

3  How do I submit an item to the NEWS?

To submit an item, please email Please keep submissions to a few (2-3) sentences and link to additional information. We may not feature every item we receive.

 Please be sure the information you link to is accessible. (For example, scanned fliers without image descriptions or social media posts without alt-text are not accessible.)

Events submitted may also be noted on the Disability Program Facebook page.

4. Where can I get more NEWS?

The Office of Community & Civic Life  Disability Program Facebook Page features the latest postings of news, videos, events and issues of interest to people with disabilities.