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Disability NEWS--October 16, 2019

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October 16, 2019

In This Issue…

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


  • Hearing Loss Association meets October 19
  • Rental Services Office Traveling Helpdesk Visits Libraries on Saturdays
  • Need assistance to vote? Multnomah County Elections can help


  • Free Taking Charge of My Health Care Workshop, November 4
  • Sexual health resource website or supporting youth with disabilities


  • Twitter Chat on #GlobalCareers and open positions, October 21
  • Apply for the AAPD Summer Internship and IT internship Programs by November 4


  • New NAMI Connection Recovery Support group meets Thursdays
  • FAQs on the NEWS



Hearing Loss Association meets October 19

The Hearing Loss Association of Portland meets Saturday, October 19, 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. There will also be time to meet people, socialize, and learn from others.



Rental Services Office Traveling Helpdesk Visits Libraries on Saturdays

 For a complete schedule of where you can find the Traveling Helpdesk through the end of the year, click here or visit us online at

The Portland Housing Bureau’s Rental Services Office (RSO) was created as a resource for renters and landlords of residential properties to get technical assistance and information about Mandatory Relocation Assistance, Portland Renter Additional Protection (PCC 30.01.085), and related topics such as new state-wide limits on rent increases and just-cause requirements for terminating rental agreements.

While RSO staff cannot provide legal or business advice, and are not part of the law-making process, they can help community members find information and resources. For more information or to speak to RSO staff, call 503-823-1303.


Need assistance to vote? Multnomah County Elections can help

The next election in Multnomah County is the November 5, 2019 Special Election. There will be local measures on the ballot that include requests for local tax money or proposed changes to laws.

Multnomah County Elections assists voters with disabilities or voters who need help in their preferred language. This help is free. Voters can request voting and elections related help from Multnomah County Elections. Elections Voter Assistance Teams can help a voter at home or in a public place.

Voters who prefer to use a language besides English can also request assistance. Multnomah County Elections has staff who speak many languages. They can also provide a free interpreter.

Voters needing assistance can go online, call 503- 988-3720, email, or visit a Multnomah County Elections location for help in any step of the voting process.


Taking Charge of My Health Care Workshop, November 4

Free for people with I/DD and people who support them!

A workshop is being held in your community for people with I/DD to receive training, education, and resources so they can develop important self-advocacy skills and prevent and/or manage conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes! 

Registration is FREE and first-come, first-served. Healthy lunch is provided!

The workshop will be held:

November 4, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

  • Independence NW – 919 19th Ave.
  • Suite #275
  • Portland, OR 97232

To learn more about the Toolkit click here.

To register for the workshop, please click here.

If you have any questions or are interested in registering, you can also contact Erin Taylor at or 503-494-1519.


Sexual health resource website for supporting youth with disabilities

From the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities:

We are all sexual beings. And that includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, shortened to I/DD. Despite this fact, youth with disabilities often do not have access to sexual health education.

The SHEIDD online resource hub hosts resources to provide holistic sexuality education to youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


Twitter Chat on #GlobalCareers and open positions, October 21

Monday, October 21, 2019 at 10 AM Pacific (1 PM Eastern)

We know there are many U.S.-based job seekers with disabilities who are interested in careers in international education, international development and international affairs. We also know there are many jobs in these fields seeking diverse candidates! Just in time for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, join MIUSA/NCDE at @MobilityINTL using the hashtag #GlobalCareers to hear advice from people with disabilities working in these fields and learn about current open positions and opportunities that can help you get your foot in the door!


Apply for the AAPD Summer Internship and IT internship Programs by November 4

Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.

AAPD Summer Internship

At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to learn about AAPD and the disability rights movement, meet the other interns, and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, briefings, and more.

Federal IT Internship

The two IT interns will be a part of the regular Summer Internship Program class.

2020 AAPD Summer Internship Program, apply by November 4, 2019:

2020 AAPD Federal IT Summer Internship Program, apply by November 4, 2019:                                           


New NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets Thursdays

NAMI's new peer support group that will meet weekly on Thursday evenings at Portland State University!

Group Meeting Details:

Thursdays at 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 323
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group are for adults experiencing mental health differences, regardless of diagnosis. Every group is offered free of charge, and no registration or enrollment is required. All of these groups are facilitated by trained individuals who are also in recovery and understand the challenges. 


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

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

To submit an item, please email 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.