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Disability Equity Practitioners collaboration

A Citywide team focused on moving advancing disability equity. This team recognizes that disability lives at the intersections of all other identities, including race, national origin, gender, income status, and more. This group meets regularly to coordinate efforts and tackle problems all City offices face in making their work trauma informed and accessible. Projects include Accessible Meeting and Event Checklist, City of Portland Disability Language Guide, and Citywide ADA and Accessibility Vendors.

Partners: Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Equity & Human Rights, All City offices and Bureaus

Disability Engagement and Equity across our City & Region

Adapt to Impact staff also lead and co-lead a number of projects with cross-bureau partners to further disability equity across our City and region, including supporting a trauma-informed workforce, creating and distributing the Access Tip of the Month, multi-jurisdictional coordination of the Additional Needs Registry, building staff disability engagement capacity, and information and opportunity sharing.

 Partners include: CityStrong, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Police Department, Portland Fire & Rescue, Multnomah County Emergency Management, Bureau of Emergency Communications, Aging & Disability Resource Consortium, DisabilityNEWS City and Community partners, 

Citywide Demographic Policies

This team explores the City’s usage of demographics, a Citywide template, and the future policy for Data Safety and Governance. A dashboard of the demographics for engaged community members is underway by the same creator of the Office of Equity & Human Rights workforce demographic display.

Partners: Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (Open Data Program, SmartCityPDX); Mayor’s Office, all Commissioners’ Offices, Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Equity & Human Rights, City Budget Office, City Attorney’s Office, Portland State University, Bureau of Technology Services

Budgeting with Community

This project will revitalize the way all City offices engage the community in budget decision making. All bureaus are plugged into this work through the Public Involvement Advisory Committee.

Partners: All Commissioners’ Offices, City Budget Office, Public Involvement Advisory Committee (includes all bureaus in partnership with community)

Making Space

A training on how to make advisory board spaces and meetings welcoming to people with all kinds of disabilities. This training addresses the bigger issues around recruitment and retention of community members with disabilities on City committees. All staff liaisons to advisory boards are welcome to attend training Winter 2019.

Partner: Office of Equity & Human Rights

Accessible Welcoming City

This project assesses and provides trauma informed recommendations to Council on how to manage and interact with people experiencing mental health distress or people who could experience distress at City Council Meetings.

Partners: Mayor’s Office, all Commissioners’ Offices

Accessible Events Guidebook & Checklist

Everything you wanted to know about how to be compliant with accessibility laws so that people with disabilities can engage in your projects and attend your events. This is a good companion manual for Making Space and is referenced in the training.

Partners: Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Onboarding & Capacitating Committee Volunteers

A collaboration between multiple subject matter experts, this group provides in-person trainings to members of advisory boards on what it means to serve in their role, behavioral expectations, and how government works.

Partners: City Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Human Resources, Office of Government Relations, Office of Equity & Human Rights, Bureau of Technology Services, Bureau of Transportation