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Disability NEWS--August 7, 2019

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August 7, 2019

In This Issue…

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

 Share

  • Share your thoughts on recommended updates to City Code Language
  • Focus groups on living independently TODAY, August 7
  • Comment on Metro draft Parks and Nature ADA Transition Plan by September 10
  • Do you travel in East Portland? Take the survey today

Learn

  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network denounces blaming mass shootings on mental health 
  • Evening with the Experts: Veteran Suicide Prevention, August 29
  • NAMI Family-to-Family class at the Portland VA begins September 10
  • ASL Voter Hotline now available (301-818-VOTE or 313-818-8683)
  • Request a WomenStrength personal safety workshop for your group
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network releases Follow the Money toolkit on federal budget

Create

  • Apply for the Disability Leadership & Culture Institute through August 31

Celebrate

  • Oregon’s Pan African Festival celebrates culture and resilience, August 10
  • Hearing Loss Association of Portland Summer Potluck, August 17
  • Summer adventures begin with this usability information for local trails

Connect

  • FAQs on the NEWS

 

 SHARE

Share your thoughts on recommended updates to City Code language

From the Office of Community & Civic Life:

Committee 3.96 met on July 18th, 2019 for their 8th and final meeting. Please find the Committee recommendations here.

 What are your thoughts about the updated Code Change language? Please share your comments with us through the community feedback form below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q8SNPP9

 Thanks to your questions and feedback to date, we have developed these Frequently Asked Questions about Code Change. We look forward to expanding and honing these questions as we move forward with this process.

 Once the City Council Session to discuss Code Change Language has been confirmed, we will update our website and share via Civic Life Updates. Stay tuned!

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Focus groups on living independently TODAY, August 7

Are you a person who needs resources or support in your everyday life or to access your community because of a disability? Are you a family member, caregiver or professional interested in promoting the independence and self-direction of people who might need support?

Join us for Focus groups in Portland at the Woodstock Library:

  • August 7th from 11:30am to 1:30pm for people who need supports
  • August 7th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm for everyone
  • If you sign up online AND come to a focus group, you will receive a gift card to thank you. We will also have snacks and drinks.
  • When you sign up, let us know what accommodations you need. Examples: ASL or Spanish interpreter, large print, CART, local travel, childcare.

Sign up at EventBrite here!  Or call Jennifer at (503) 924-3783 Ext.10

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Comment on Metro draft Parks and Nature ADA Transition Plan by September 10

Do you enjoy getting outside and wish that parks and trails were more accessible?

 Metro welcomes your comments on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan for its park and nature system.  The plan and a brief questionnaire are available at oregonmetro.gov/accessibility. September 10, 2019 is deadline to submit comments on this draft.

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Do you travel in East Portland? Take the survey today

How do you feel when you travel the major streets of East Portland? The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking feedback from East Portlanders about their transportation experiences and investment preferences for the major streets of East Portland. The survey is part of the ongoing the East Portland Arterial Streets Strategy (EPASS).

LEARN

Autistic Self Advocacy Network denounces blaming mass shootings on mental health

 From the Autistic Self Advocacy Network:

 We must educate each other; denounce white supremacy; stand up for our friends, family & neighbors with mental health disabilities; and advocate for real solutions to gun violence, racism and xenophobia. 

 Read the full statement from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network at this link.

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NAMI offers a Veteran-Only Peer-to-Peer Course starting August 1

This is a free recovery program for veterans of all eras who 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 is Thursdays from 2-4 PM. August 1-September 19 in NE Portland. Registration is required by calling 503-228-5692. Location will be provided when you register.

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Evening with the Experts: Veteran Suicide Prevention, August 29

A panel of Veterans, family members and professionals from the field will discuss the topic of suicide in the veteran community. Through the panel's experiences and expertise on the topic, audience members will learn what they can do to help prevent veteran suicide in their communities. 

 When: Thursday, August 29th 6:30-8:30 PM

Where: 4805 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97213

Building: Portland Providence Medical Center

Room: The Social Room

 RSVP by emailing education@namimultnomah.org

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NAMI Family-to-Family class at the Portland VA begins September 10

  • FREE education course and materials
  • Open to the family members and loved ones of someone experiencing mental illness
  • 2.5 hours each week for 12 weeks
  • Taught by trained NAMI family members

 When: Tuesdays, September 10th through November 26th, 6:30-9:00 PM

Where: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239

Building: Portland VA

Room: Exact room will be disclosed at time of registration

 Registration is required! Please register by calling 503-200-2900.

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ASL voter hotline now available (301-818-VOTE or 313-818-8683)

From the National Association of the Deaf:

 It is very important that you vote and we know that voting information can be confusing and unclear.  The hotline can provide resources on the voting process. You can ask questions and get answers — in ASL!

  Volunteers will be standing by to answer any questions you have about voting. We encourage you to vote, you can use our hotline to get more information if needed! If you care about your rights and want to support/be against certain issues, make an impact by voting for candidates who will support your positions/issues.

 Call the hotline at 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683) and visit the ASL Voter Hotline website for more information (in printed English and ASL).

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Request a WomenStrength personal safety workshop for your group

This WomenStrength personal safety workshop is designed to introduce adults with disabilities to a variety of self-protective options in a short, discussion format. Topics such as intuition and assertiveness are discussed in the workshop. Some workshop formats are for women-identified people, some are for all (a)genders. Workshops are 90 minutes-2 hours in length.

 To request a workshop  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/61857

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network releases Follow the Money toolkit on federal budget

The federal budget impacts all our lives, and we all get a say—we just need the right tools. That's why the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is pleased to announce our newest plain language toolkit, Follow the Money: The U.S. Budget and You.

  This toolkit explains: What the federal budget is, what the budget process is, and what you can do to influence the federal budget. 

Follow the Money: The U.S. Budget and You is the latest entry in ASAN’s ongoing series of accessible toolkits covering important policy issues. These toolkits aim to help people with disabilities be active participants in our democracy.

CREATE

Apply for the Disability Leadership & Culture Institute by August 31

 From the Disability Arts and Culture Project

Amplifying Disabled Voices!

We’re recruiting future and present leaders of the Disability Justice movement to our Disability Culture and Justice Leadership Institute. This Institute is designed to build skills and knowledge around Disability Justice, advocacy and activism. The Institute will run from Fall 2019 through Spring 2020.

Apply by August 31st by following this link to a PDF version of our application or this one that leads to a google form.

CELEBRATE

Oregon’s Pan African Festival celebrates culture and resilience, August 10

Oregon’s annual Pan African Festival celebrates the presence, resilience, strength, and influence of Pan Africans (Africans, Caribbean and African Americans) in Oregon.

The festival will include live entertainment, cultural foods, arts and crafts, and much more. Pan African Festival (PAF) emphasizes promoting health equity, economic development, providing employment and educational opportunities and building community awareness. 

WHEN: August 10, 2019, 12pm-8: 30pm

WHERE: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

For more information, visit: http://www.panafricanfestivalor.org/

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Hearing Loss Association of Portland Summer Potluck, August 17

The Hearing Loss Association of America is pleased to invite you to the HLAA Portland Chapter Summer Potluck. This social get-together will be Saturday, August 17 from 11 am to 2 pm at Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97215.

 For more information, including what to bring and accessibility, please contact hlaportland@gmail.com.

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Summer adventures begin with usability information for local trails

Looking for usable trails for your summer adventures? Want to know what the trail is like before you go?

 Access Recreation has reviewed thirty-six trails in the Portland/Vancouver area. Eighteen of them have videos. Go to accesstrails.org to view.

 Visit Access Recreation's Facebook Page for information on sports, recreation and social activities in Oregon. 

CONNECT

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 Disability NEWS?

To subscribe, please email disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov.

3. How do I submit an item to the NEWS?

To submit an item, please email disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov. 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. You can find more information and resources on creating accessible digital content here.

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.