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Disability NEWS--September 4, 2019

 

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September 4, 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
  • Comment on Metro draft Parks and Nature ADA Transition Plan by September 10

Learn

  • NAMI Family-to-Family classes throughout September, starting September 5
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes start September 10 and October 5
  • Portland Traffic and Transportation Class, The New Evolution, starts October 3
  • How to Apply to the City of Portland class, hosted October 5
  • ASL Voter Hotline now available (301-818-VOTE or 313-818-8683)

Create

  • Community Vision seeks Accessibility Specialist, apply now
  •   Apply for the Disability Leadership & Culture Institute by September 11
  • Young Leaders of the Americas Professional Program applications due September 18
  •  MENAR Fellowship program opens applications in October
  • Save without losing benefits with an Oregon ABLE Disability Savings Account

Celebrate

  • Enjoy the Festival of Nations hosted by Division Midway Alliance, September 7

Connect

  • L'Arche Portland Monthly Potlucks start on September 5
  • 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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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

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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NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes start September 10 and October 5

Peer-to-Peer is a recovery program for anyone living with mental illness. Gain knowledge, skills, and resources, while sharing experiences with peers who are also working on their recovery. We are offering two classes this fall, and registration is required. Find a flyer here.

  • Dates: September 10 - October 29, 2019
  • Schedule: Tuesdays at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Providence Portland
  • To register call: 503-228-5692
  • Dates: October 5 - November 23, 2019
  • Schedule: Saturdays at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Location: Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
  • To register call: 503-228-5692

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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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How to Apply to City of Portland Workshop, hosted October 5

The City of Portland Bureau of Human Resources is hosting a How to Apply to the City of Portland workshop Saturday, October 5.

Course participants will gain an understanding of the City of Portland’s online application process, how to submit materials, and interview information.

 If you have any questions or need to request an accommodation, contact Loan Tran at Loan.Tran@Portlandoregon.gov (preferred) or 503.823.6821.

Registration is required. Details and registration can be found at this link.

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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

Community Vision seeks Accessibility Specialist, apply now

Community Vision takes a person-centered approach in providing quality supports tailored to the unique needs and wishes of each individual and family.

The Accessibility Specialist serves two main functions within the agency:
 

  1. Serves as the primary contact for Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act Center (NWADAC) services in Oregon) 
  2. Supports operations in our Assistive Technology (AT) Lab

COMPENSATION: $38k to $42k annually, depending on experience.

To learn more and apply, visit this link.

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Apply for the Disability Leadership & Culture Institute by September 11

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 September 11 by following this link to a PDF version of our application or this one that leads to a google form.

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Young Leaders of the Americas Professional Program applications due September 18

From our friends at Mobility International USA

For non-U.S. citizens from Latin America
The YLAI Program is now open! If you are an entrepreneur looking for a boost to start your venture in your home country, you should get your application in by September 18, 2019. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, includes a four-week internship at a U.S. organization and professional development workshops where you can build your skills and network with other entrepreneurs from Latin America. People with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply. Learn about the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Professional Program

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MENAR Fellowship program opens applications in October

From our friends at Mobility International USA

 Applicants of all nationalities are eligible

The MENAR Fellowship Program offers one-year fellowships for recent college change-makers at top organizations in North Africa and the Middle East. The NCDE encourages people with disabilities to apply! The application opens in October. Learn more about the MENAR Fellowship Program

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Save without losing benefits with an Oregon ABLE Disability Savings Account

Oregon ABLE makes it possible for people with disabilities to save money without risking their benefits.

How Oregon ABLE works
Created in partnership with The Autism Society of Oregon, NW Down Syndrome Association, the United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon, and other great partners, Oregon ABLE ensures you can easily and inexpensively set up a plan that works for you. Learn more about Oregon Able Accounts.

 CELEBRATE

Enjoy the Festival of Nations hosted by Division Midway Alliance, September 7

The annual Festival of Nations by the Division Midway Alliance is back! We'd like to invite you, our neighbors, community members, family and friends to celebrate our wonderful community as a whole. We're proud to be Portland’s largest multicultural event east of I-205 featuring local performers and ethnic foods!

Learn where and when to join the celebration here!                                                 

CONNECT

L'Arche Portland Monthly Potlucks start on September 5

Join L’Arche Portland for monthly potluck dinners and community celebrations! Open your hearts to friends with and without intellectual disabilities, discover a community of belonging and inclusion, and engage in activities and discussions that feed our spirit. All are included and welcome. To learn more, please contact: info@larche-portland.org or call (503) 251-6901.

L’Arche@Tabor: First Thursdays from 6-8 PM at the Copeland Commons room at Taborspace (September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5) ​5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215.

L’Arche@Westside: Second Thursdays from 6-8 PM in the Fireside Room at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton (September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12).

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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.