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Disability NEWS--August 21, 2019

 Disability Program NEWS banner, with black and white Civic Life Disability Program logo

[Disability Program NEWS banner, with black and white Civic Life Disability Program logo.]

August 21, 2019

 

In This Issue…

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

 

Share

  • Discuss Disability Justice with Civic Life on September 9
  • Share your thoughts for Oregon Health Authority’s strategic plan, by August 30
  • Comment on Metro draft Parks and Nature ADA Transition Plan by September 10

Learn

  • Health Share of Oregon presents Community Improvement Plan, TONIGHT August 21
  • Evening with the Experts: Veteran Suicide Prevention, August 29
  • NAMI Family-to-Family classes throughout September, starting September 5
  • Portland Traffic and Transportation Class, The New Evolution, starts October 3
  • ASL Voter Hotline now available (301-818-VOTE or 313-818-8683)

Create

  • Paint a community mural with Community Vision on August 22
  • Apply for the Disability Leadership & Culture Institute through August 31

Celebrate

  • PHAME and Portland Opera present The Poet’s Shadow, opening August 23

Connect

  • PDX Polio Support Group meets August 29
  • FAQs on the NEWS

     

SHARE

Discuss Disability Justice with Civic Life on September 9

As the Office of Community and Civic Life examines their work to better serve all Portlanders, Disability Justice is critical. Join Us!

Community led recommendations have intentionally lifted up Disability Justice in the Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life) to better engage the Disability community.

Come learn about the changes happening at Civic Life to better serve all Portlanders and engage in a discussion on creating the framework by which the people of the City of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs.

View the invite and find more information here.

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Share your thoughts for Oregon Health Authority’s strategic plan, by August 30

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) wants to know your thoughts so we can better understand how to improve health in Oregon. Your answers to these questions will be used to help create OHA’s strategic plan for the next 5 to 10 years.

 Please share your input with us by completing this survey by Friday August 30th. The survey is available in Spanish and English, and preferred language can be changed in the top right corner.

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5118265/OHA-Strategic-Plan-Community-Input

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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.

LEARN

 Health Share of Oregon presents Community Improvement Plan, TONIGHT August 21

Learn about Health Share’s new Community Health Improvement Plan—serving as a strategic guide for future community investments and priorities. Free Food & Parking!

Health Share of Oregon’s Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council will host a joint meeting open to the public.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Asian Health & Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd.  

For more information and accommodations visit Health Share of Oregon's Event Page or view the invitation.

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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 classes throughout September, starting September 5

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 11-session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people living with mental illness.

This course is taught by NAMI-trained family members who have been there, and includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Registration is required for all NAMI classes.

FREE education course and materials

Dates, times, and locations vary. Visit NAMI's Education page and click NAMI Family to Family Class for more information.

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

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Portland Traffic and Transportation Class. The New Evolution, starts October 3rd

The course will weave together transportation topics as they intersect with land use, mobility, social justice and racial equality. The 10-week course will feature guest speakers from community-based organizations and the transportation industry, as well as address themes such as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Livability and Affordability; and Community Engagement. The course is designed for transportation enthusiasts to learn about evolving mobility and transportation opportunities in the city.

To learn more, please visit:  www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/psuclass

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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).

 

CREATE

Paint a community mural with Community Vision on August 22

Join Community Vision and Seven Corners Gallery for an art exhibition and painting a community mural. The gallery features work from artists who experience disability. All are welcome to attend!, We will also be painting a mural designed by Michael J Feliz., It will be paint-by-number-style so anyone can take part! August 22nd, 2-4PM, Seven Corners Collaborative, 2475 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214, Food, drink, and music provided, gallery@cvision.org, 503-292-4964

For more information, visit Community Vision’s Facebook event page.  

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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

PHAME and Portland Opera present The Poet’s Shadow, opens August 23

This summer, PHAME is thrilled to present The Poet’s Shadow, a rock opera written by PHAME artists in collaboration with Portland Opera.

A contemporary and original fairy tale, The Poet’s Shadow tells the story of Elizabeth, a young poet who, in despair following a break up, writes a series of poems that take on a life of their own. In search of resolution, she embarks on a quest that will challenge everything she knows about courage, strength, and love.

The Poet’s Shadow features artists with developmental disabilities at every stage of the process, not only writing and performing the opera, but also composing the music, designing the costumes, creating set design elements, and more.

Learn more and buy tickets and share on Facebook.

Accessibility information (scroll to Accessibility).     

CONNECT

PDX Polio Support Group meets August 29

PDX Polio Support Group, a monthly meeting for polio survivors meets August 29, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. They meet every month on the last Thursday of the month at Bob’s Red Mill Restaurant, 5000 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR. If you have questions, please contact Cathleen Casey at pdxpolio@gmail.com or visit https://charpennie.wixsite.com/pdxpolio.

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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.