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Disability NEWS--November 6, 2019

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November 6, 2019

In This Issue…

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Share

  • Take the Black Oregonian Civic Survey by November 15
  • Community Conversation on Portland Police contract, November 18
  • Rental Services Office Traveling Helpdesk visits libraries on Saturdays

Learn

  • City Council explores Climate Action Proposals in East Portland on November 7
  • Sexual health resource website for supporting youth with disabilities
  • Registration open for NAMI Homefront Class offered in February 2020

Create

  • Be part of City decisions: Spots now open on several City committees
  • Intern at the Multnomah County’s Auditor’s office

 Celebrate

  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Bazaar, November 23

Connect

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

     

SHARE

Take the Black Oregonian Civic Survey by November 15

The work of the Urban League is strongest when it's led by you, our members and neighbors. In an effort to strengthen our work, the Urban League released the Black Oregonian Civic Survey last week. We still need your help-- please share your experiences as a Black Oregonian today, and share with your networks across Oregon!

Will you take a moment to help guide the next phase of Urban League advocacy?

Submit My Survey! 

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Community Conversation on Portland Police contract, November 18

The offices of Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty are hosting a community conversation about the City’s upcoming contract negotiations with the Portland Police Association (PPA). The goal of the event is to educate the public about the collective bargaining process, to listen to their thoughts and concerns and to gather their input to help ensure the contract best serves the interests and welfare of the public. City attorneys will also be present to share guidelines and offer background on the current contract that is set to expire in June 2020.

  • WHAT:  Community Conversation on Portland Police Association Contract Negotiations
  • WHEN: Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • WHERE: PCC Cascade Student Union, Rooms 203 & 204, 5575 N. Albina Ave, Portland OR 97217

A second conversation is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a location to be announced shortly.

ASL, Spanish interpretation and childcare available.

For more information, please contact Mayor Wheeler’s office at 503-823-4120. To request accommodations or interpretation, contact Mustafa Washington at 503-823-1125.

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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 www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB/RSO.

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.

LEARN

City Council Explores Climate Action Proposals in East Portland on November 7

East Portland neighbors are welcome to attend a 6 p.m. council meeting at Portland Community College’s Southeast campus to learn about new projects that will improve livability in their community.

  • WHAT: Portland City Council strives to expand opportunities to connect with our community members about critical issues facing Portland. Council commissioners will hear updates about proposed actions to advance Portland’s leadership on climate change.
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 7
  • WHERE: PCC Southeast Campus - Community Hall, 2305 SE 82nd and Division, Portland 97216

For more information, please contact Mayor Wheeler’s office at 503-823-4120. To request accommodations or interpretation, contact Mustafa Washington at 503-823-1125.

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Sexual health resource website for supporting youth with 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.

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Registration open for NAMI Homefront Class offered in February 2020

NAMI Multnomah is pleased to announce we'll be offering a Homefront class in February 2020 in partnership with the Portland VA.

NAMI Homefront is a 6-session class for the loved ones of Veterans experiencing mental health differences. This class is free and is open to family members, partners/spouses, and other loved ones of Veterans.

All NAMI classes are taught by trained program leaders with relevant lived experience. 

  • Dates: Feb. 18- March 24, 2020
  • Schedule: Weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Location: Portland VA

Registration is required for this class and only takes a few minutes. Please call our helpline at 503-228-5692 to register. 

CREATE

Be part of City decisions: Spots now open on several City committees

 From Civic Life’s Advisory Boards and Commissions Program:

Are you from an underrepresented community and curious about how government decisions are made? We will invest in your training and development to join one of over one-hundred City of Portland advisory bodies. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/apply.

Currently recruiting: Help equitably direct over $17 million on the Portland Children’s Levy. The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability has two opportunities that still need applicants: bring your perspectives on access to the Waste Equity Advisory Group or learn about budgeting on the Budget Committee. Join the Bureau of Development Services Adjustment Committee and make the final call as a community member on hearings to appeal planning code.

Coming soon: Are you directly impacted by parking in the Central Eastside Industrial District? Join the Transportation and Parking Committee and help direct parking funds to improve parking management and sidewalk measures.

Please contact Ashley Tjaden with questions at advisorybodies@portlandoregon.gov or 503-863-7605.

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Intern at the Multnomah County Auditor’s Office

The Multnomah County Auditor’s Office has opportunities for students seeking to fulfill college internship requirements. We have a range of possible projects, including working on already planned projects and may have some flexibility to tailor projects to match interests or provide opportunities to develop specific skills.

For more information about the internship, visit the Multnomah County Auditor’s Office opportunities page.

Internships include a stipend. If you are interested in this opportunity, or would like to learn more, please email us at mult.auditor@multco.us (link sends e-mail) or call 503.988.3320.

CELEBRATE

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Bazaar, November 23

  • Sat, Nov. 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • IRCO Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 Northeast Glisan Street, Portland

Join us at our event hosting handmade goods by makers from the local and international community, including live music and an art gallery. Providing a space to feature the creative work of pan-immigrant and refugee artisans.

The event is FREE to the public. Hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. Located in the gymnasium at the IRCO Sokhom Tauch Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220. Parking is free.

CONNECT

New NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group meets Thursdays

Join us at our 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. 

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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?

Our NEWS comes directly from community and government organizations: newsletters, announcements, press releases, and more. 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?

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