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Disability NEWS--September 18, 2019

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September 18, 2019

In This Issue…

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  • Become a Residential Facilities Ombudsman, orientation September 19

Learn

  • Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility, discussion September 25
  • Portland Traffic and Transportation Class, The New Evolution, starts October 3
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes start October 5
  • How to Apply to the City of Portland workshop, hosted October 5
  • ASL Voter Hotline now available (301-818-VOTE or 313-818-8683)

Create

  • 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

  • White Cane Safety Day with Oregon Federation of the Blind, October 15

Connect

  • Hearing Loss Association Meetings Resume September 21
  • FAQs on the NEWS

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Become a Residential Facilities Ombudsman, Orientation September 19

The Residential Facilities Ombudsman Program provides advocacy for individuals living in homes licensed or certified for intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions.

We will be holding an informational session for potential volunteers in Multnomah County

September 19, 2019
6:30-7:30 pm
Seven Corners Collaborative
2475 SE Ladd Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Complimentary refreshments provided! Applications will be available.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

LEARN

Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility discussion September 25

What would it look like for art to be more accessible? What do disabled artists of color need, both structurally and from community members, to be free to focus more on their work?

Disability and chronic illness have long been part of art, even as history has erased those identities from the narrative. Whether or not their work goes recognized, disabled artists of color are here, bringing projects to life across different mediums and envisioning accessible futures.

Join us for Art & Power: Disability and Accessibility as local artists Bemnia Lathan, Luann V. Tan, and Leila Haile discuss creativity, productivity, oppression, and liberation through the intersections of race, disability, and art, with moderation from Elea Chang.

  • Wed, September 25, 2019
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
  • Location
  • New Expressive Works
  • 810 Southeast Belmont Street
  • Portland, OR 97214

Learn more, RSVP, and event accessibility details here.

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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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NAMI Peer-to-Peer classes start 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. Registration is required. Find a flyer here.

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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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

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

White Cane Safety Day Celebration with Oregon Federation of the Blind, October 15

Tuesday October 15th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

PSU Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway St

Located at North side of building in breezeway between Smith & Cramer Hall

Join this fun and educational event! Community white cane walk & crossing at 12:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/2395675143981789/

CONNECT

Hearing Loss Association Meetings Resume September 21

Welcome Back!  Our first Fall meeting is Saturday, Sept 21, from 10am to noon, at the Wistar-Morris conference room in the main Legacy Good Sam hospital building. Mark Foster, chapter President, will be talking about some of his takeaways from the June-2019 Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) conference in Rochester, New York.  Please bring a breakfast item to share if you are able. We will also have some time to meet people, socialize and learn from others.  

Please note:  The main hospital entrance is closed due to remodeling so look for blue signs with white lettering that say "Hospital Entrance", located to the left of the main entrance. 

Email HLAPortland@gmail.com with questions or to subscribe to their newsletter.

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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.