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Disability NEWS--December 18, 2019

 

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December 18, 2019

In This Issue…

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Share

  • Sickle Cell Oregon hosts focus Groups for parents of children with disabilities or health conditions
  • Rental Services Office Traveling Helpdesk Visits Libraries on Saturdays

Learn

  • How to Start Conversations About Sex and Relationships With My Kids: Workshop for Parents and Caregivers, January 22
  • Register now for NAMI classes for peers, parents, families, and Veterans
  • ASAN releases toolkit about Home and Community-Based Services

Create

  • Apply for the 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant by January 22
  • Apply now for the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries, apply now
  • Upcoming PAID opportunity: Be a Census Taker in 2020—Apply today
  • NAMI looking for volunteers to help coordinate hikes
  • Metro Community Placemaking Grants open house, December 19
  • NAMI hosts free, peer-led drawing class, January 8
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers

Celebrate

  • Celebrate Slavic and Eastern European communities on January 9

Connect

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

Note: Due to the New Year’s holiday, our next issue of the Disability NEWS will be Thursday, January 2.

SHARE

Sickle Cell Oregon hosts focus groups for parents of children with health conditions or disabilities

Sickle Cell Oregon is seeking to hear the voices of parents of Black children with disability-related health needs and their experiences with the health care system (ages 0-25).  Children can have any kind of health condition that affects their body, development, emotions, or mind.

They will hold confidential group discussions with parents who agree to participate. The
discussions will last two hours, and refreshments will be provided. Families will be provided with $50, and childcare and transportation if needed.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please visit https://sicklecelloregon.org/parents-we-need-your-help/ or call or email:

Pastor Marcia Taylor (503) 249-1366, marcia@sicklecelloregon.org or
Charles Smith (503) 502-2965; charles@sicklecelloregon.org

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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

How to Start Conversations About Sex and Relationships With My Kids: Workshop for Parents and Caregivers, January 22

Learn what is normal for every age: Tips and tools for healthy communication. This workshop is designed for parents and caregivers of youth of all ages who experience Intellectual/Developmental Disability. Participants will learn practical skills to start healthy conversations with kids.

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:30pm           
  • NW Disability Support, MESD Auditorium,
  • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220

Learn more and register for How to Start Conversations here.

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Register now for NAMI classes for peers, parents, families, and Veterans

Registration is now open for NAMI classes for people to learn and get support on a variety of topics. All classes are taught by a peer with relevant lived experience.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Family-to-Family

NAMI Basics (for parents and caregivers of youth)

NAMI Homefront (for Veterans)

Registration is required for classes and only takes a few minutes. Please call the NAMI helpline at 503-228-5692 to register. 

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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.

CREATE

Apply for the 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant by January 22

If you have experience or expertise in one of the priority areas, foster interconnected communities, and provide multicultural and community-specific engagement- this might be the grant for you!

Cannabis criminalization and disparate cannabis-related arrests, convictions, and sentencing have long lasting legal, social, economic, and inter-generational consequences on black, indigenous and communities of color.

Civic Life will award one-year grants to projects/programs that aid, strengthen, and serve restorative justice, community reinvestment, and wealth creation in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition laws.

Priority areas include:

  • Criminal justice reform projects and services
  • Legal services and case management support
  • Workforce development
  • Re-entry housing support and services

This is a restorative justice and community reinvestment grant opportunity funded by the City of Portland’s 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales.

You can find more information, including open house dates, at the following link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/article/748876

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Apply now for the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Do you have a passion for making Portland a more walking-friendly city? The Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) is currently recruiting for 5 seats on the committee for 2-year appointments. The PAC advises City Council and all departments of the City on matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness, and environmental enhancement. The committee works closely with the Portland Bureau of Transportation in particular, and reviews project designs, advises on funding priorities, and provides feedback to City staff on plans and projects.

Read more about the PAC and apply for a seat on the committee at www.portlandoregon.gov/civic/apply!

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Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries, apply now

Portland Community College is proud to offer a scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries. The scholarship provides for all tuition, books and fees. Applicants do not have to be currently enrolled at PCC , but would plan to enroll and be degree seeking by Fall 2020. Interested individuals can fill out the following form: http://tinyurl.com/PCC-DS-Scholarship. Best consideration will be given by March 1, 2020. Any questions please contact Kaela Parks at 971-722-4868 or email kaela.parks@pcc.edu.

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Upcoming PAID opportunity: Be a Census Taker in 2020—Apply today

The Census is taking applications now for Census Taker jobs that will start next year. This is to prepare for our 2020 Census, which only happens once every 10 years.

Census Takers help more people to know about and have the opportunity to be counted in the 2020 Census. This job pays between $13.50 and $30 an hour. Hours are flexible and based on your availability. People who speak multiple languages are highly desired, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Interested? Find out more and apply here: https://www.censusoutreach.org/census-enumerators.

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NAMI looking for volunteers to help coordinate hikes

NAMI IS currently seeking an energetic volunteer who loves the outdoors. This volunteer will work closely with THEIR current NAMI Hike Coordinator, Paul Underwood. This volunteer will help Paul in developing flyers, coordinating invitations, and co-leading hikes. This is a fantastic way to get involved with the NAMI community and spend time with peers. The ideal candidate has experience using Facebook and Microsoft Office. If you are interested in this position, please join us at an upcoming volunteer orientation or call the HelpLine at 503-228-5692.

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Metro Community Placemaking Grants open house, December 19

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.

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NAMI hosts free, peer-led drawing class, January 8

Join NAMI Multnomah on Wednesday, January 8th from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM for a FREE, peer-led, beginner drawing workshop. The workshop will cover basic drawing skills and primarily serve as a time and space for peers to get together, socialize, and create art. Supplies provided!

Held at Providence Portland. Room number provided after registering.

We do have limited space so registration is required ahead of time. You can register by emailing your RSVP to  education@namimultnomah.org

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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 heather@dacphome.org for more info. 

CELEBRATE

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 andriin@irco.org.

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 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. 

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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?

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.