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Disability NEWS--December 4, 2019

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December 4, 2019

In This Issue…

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


  • Community Conversation on Portland Police contract, December 16
  • Rental Services Office Traveling Helpdesk Visits Libraries on Saturdays


  • PBOT hosts Open Houses on Rose Lane Project, December 3, 7, and 9
  • Free Screening of Intelligent Lives at Grant High School, December 6
  • Registration open for NAMI Homefront Class in February 2020
  • ASAN releases toolkit about Home and Community-Based Services


  • Metro Community Placemaking Grants open houses begin December 3
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers
  • Intern at the Multnomah County’s Auditor’s office


  • Northwest Down Syndrome Association Winter Social, December 8
  • Hearing Loss Association of America Holiday Meeting, December 14
  • Second annual MET Community Bazaar, December 15
  • Celebrate Slavic and Eastern European communities on January 9


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


Community Conversation on Portland Police contract, December 16

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, Dec. 16, 2019, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • WHERE: PCC Cascade Student Union, Rooms 203 & 204, 5575 N. Albina Ave, Portland OR

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.


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.


Through the Rose Lane Project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is exploring how we can get buses and streetcar trains out of traffic to help Portlanders get where they need to go more reliably and quickly.

In early December, PBOT will host a series of open houses to share information about the Rose Lane Project to gather feedback on locations that are candidates for piloting transit-priority projects near-term (2020-2021) and a broader concept vision.

We’ll be hosting open houses on the following days:


Free Screening of Intelligent Lives at Grant High School, December 6

Please join us on for a free screening of the documentary by Dan Habib, Intelligent Lives.  This screening is hosted by NW Disability Support (NWDSA/ABI) and Portland Public Schools.

For more information contact Noelle Sisk at PPS 971-533-6477 (English) or Maria Rangel at NWDS 503-262-4029 (Spanish).

  • Friday, December 6, 2019
  • 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Grant High School Auditorium
  •  2245 NE 36th Ave., Portland, OR 97212.


Registration open for NAMI Homefront Class 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. 


ASAN releases toolkit about Home and Community-Based Services

The Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, or HCBS Settings Rule, allows people with disabilities to access resources we need to live in the community. Learning about the rule is an important part of understanding our rights. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new Easy Read toolkit, all about the HCBS Settings Rule!

Our new toolkit, which is available in Easy Read and Plain Language formats, explains how the HCBS Settings Rule helps us live in the community.


Metro Community Placemaking Grants, open houses begin Dec 3

Metro’s Community Placemaking grants help people tackle challenges or opportunities by supporting arts-based, equity-focused efforts. Up to $190,000 is available in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. No matching funds are required. Learn more here and apply now through February 3.


ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers

The third biannual ReelAbilities Film Festival is happening Spring 2020! Sponsored by Disability Art and Culture Project, this festival celebrates disabled stories and disabled creators. We are seeking volunteers in a variety of capacities. Email for more info. 


Intern at the Multnomah County’s 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 (link sends e-mail) or call 503.988.3320.


Northwest Down Syndrome Association Winter Social, December 8

Please join us at JJ Jump for our annual Winter Social event for families of children with Down syndrome. It's always a fun event with yummy treats, photos with Santa Claus, and activities for all ages!

  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 8th
  • JJ Jump
  • 9057 SE Jannsen Rd.
  • Clackamas, OR 97015

Social de Invierno

Reunión anual para familias de hijos/hijas experimentando síndrome de Down.

Registration Required: Register Now/Registrarse Ahora


Hearing Loss Association of America Holiday Meeting, December 14

Our December meeting will be a Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange, and it will be on the SECOND Saturday, instead of the usual third Saturday.

It will be Saturday, December 14th, at 10 am at Good Samaritan Hospital. The room will be confirmed in our December newsletter.

Bring a friend, spouse, or partner. Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome.  For details on the potluck and gift exchange, email to sign up for the newsletter.


Second Annual MET Community Bazaar, December 15

With more than 30 local vendors, this is a perfect place to stock up on a variety of different products from all over the world. Bring your family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors, and get your hands on these unique items and support our local entrepreneurs.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Muslim Educational Trust Community Center, Al-Madinah Hall
  • 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223


Celebrate Slavic and Eastern European communities on January 9

Come for the cultural performances, food, community announcements, and activities for all ages!

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6PM-8PM
  • IRCO Sokhom Tauch Community Center
  • 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220
  • Parking will be free for this event.

Hosted by IRCO-- Slavic Center: Celebrating, uniting, and engaging Oregon’s diverse Slavic and Eastern European community to achieve its highest potential.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or the event, contact
Andrii Nagornyi at


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 Groups 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 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?

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