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January 15, 2020
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- NW Disability Support offers weekly specialized education drop in hours
- How an accurate Census count benefits disabled people, Twitter Chat February 5
- How to Start Conversations About Sex and Relationships with My Kids, January 22
- NW Disability Support hosts Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp, February 1
- Register now for NAMI classes for peers, parents, families, and Veterans
- ASAN releases toolkit about Home and Community-Based Services.
- Apply for the 2020 Cannabis Social Equity Grant by January 22
- Apply now for the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Metro Community Placemaking Grants, Apply now through February 15
- National Association of the Deaf conference accepting proposals through February 15
- Apply for the 2020 Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy by February 23
- Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries, apply by March 1
- INCIGHT Scholarship applications open through April 1
- Upcoming PAID opportunity: Be a Census Taker in 2020—Apply today
- NAMI looking for volunteers to help coordinate hikes
- ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers
- ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking disability-led films
- Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Portland Chinatown Museum January 25
- Hearing Loss Association Portland meets January 18
- Independent Living Resources presents Healing Pathways, February 11
- NAMI Connection Recovery Support group meets Thursdays
- FAQs on the NEWS
NW Disability Support offers weekly specialized education drop in hours
Explore resources and talk to veteran parent advocates with personal expertise -- we can help with your questions and concerns regarding inclusion, transition, IEP goals, meeting preparation, and Spanish support is available. Learn more at: https://www.abicommunity.org/resources/location_and_hours.html
How an accurate Census count benefits disabled people, Twitter Chat February 5
In partnership with the Disability Organizing (DO) Network, the Disability Visibility Project will host a Twitter chat on the 2020 Census and what it means for the disability community with co-host Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF). While all participants are welcome to join us, we will focus on the Census in California. We look forward to learning about your interest and advocacy with the Census!
For more information, visit the Disability Visibility Project Website.
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.
NW Disability Support hosts Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp, February 1
Getting ready for the big day; Dive into tools, tips, rights, and partnerships for a great start to Kindergarten. Designed for families of young children with developmental disabilities. Moving from early childhood to the school years is exciting and can be confusing without tools and mentors to help navigate the transition. Bring your parental expertise and dreams to join with coordinators and guest speakers who want to help you along this exciting adventure.
- Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 8:30am-1:00pm
- NW Disability Support, MESD Auditorium, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220
- Register for Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp here.
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.
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.
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
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!
Metro Community Placemaking Grants, Apply now through Feb 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.
National Association of the Deaf conference accepting proposals through February 15
The National Association of the Deaf invites YOU to submit a proposal for a workshop or panel to be presented at our biennial conference in July 2020!
The NAD Conference includes workshops given by community-driven leaders and industry experts to share their knowledge and expertise with the deaf and hard of hearing community, especially those who attend the conference.
If a Presenter is chosen to give a workshop alone or with one other Presenter, then each Presenter will receive $100 discount towards their conference registration. If a person submits to present a panel, then the Presenter is eligible for a $100 discount towards one conference registration, and another $100 is available to be split among the panelists for a discount on their respective registrations.
Apply for the 2020 Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy by February 23
Applications are open for the 2020 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to engage in disability advocacy on their college campuses. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college. ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 13th to June 20th, 2020. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students. Learn about the Autism Campus Inclusion Leadership Academy.
Scholarship for students with spinal cord injuries, apply by March 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
INCIGHT Scholarship applications open through April 1
Let INCIGHT Help You Unlock Your Potential! Since 2004, INCIGHT has awarded more than 900 scholarships to students with disabilities pursing higher education.
- You must be a current Washington, Oregon or California resident
- You must have a disability
- You must be attending higher education during the funding cycle following your application. This include college, university, community college or vocational school. You may be pursuing any type and type of degree within these institutions
- You must maintain full-time enrollment throughout the academic year
Find out more about the Incight scholarship and apply now. For questions, call 971-244-0305.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for more info.
ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking disability-led films
Disability Art and Culture Project is seeking short, local films for our 2020 ReelAbilities Film Festival. Films must be disability-led: created by or starring disabled folks, and must be submitted by February 3 for consideration. We ask that a representative of the film is available for festival screening (April-June 2020, specifics TBD). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Portland Chinatown Museum January 25
Fifth Annual Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade
- Traditional Firecrackers and Kick Off at NW 3rd and Davis
- Parade down NW and SW Third Avenue to Oregon Historical Society
- Afternoon Festivities, Lin Dance Teams and Folk Dancing
Saturday, January 25, 2020
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Find more information, upcoming events, and current exhibitions at https://www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org/.
Hearing Loss Association Portland meets January 18
Our first meeting of 2020 will be Saturday, January 18, from 10am to noon. We meet in the Wistar-Morris conference room in the main Legacy Good Sam hospital building, 1015 NW 22nd Avenue at Marshall St.
Pamela Conners from Med-El cochlear implant company will talk about an application to assist cochlear implant recipients improve their speech discrimination.
Anyone who is affected by hearing loss, directly or indirectly, is welcome. At our monthly meetings we provide CART (real-time captioning) and an induction loop which wirelessly connects to attendees' listening devices and hearing aids if they're equipped with T-coils.
Please bring a breakfast item to share if you are able. It's a time to meet people, socialize and learn from others who know what it's like to experience poor hearing.
Independent Living Resources presents Healing Pathways, February 11
Are you a woman over the age of 18 who has a physical disability and has experienced depression? You are not alone! Join us for a peer-to-peer journey with other women in a small group setting to create the positive changes you have within. Learn how to better understand yourself, be equipped with tools and techniques for healthy living, and form relationships with other women. This fourteen-week series of classes will provide you with the tools to self-manage depression and look to a brighter future.
- Tentative Start Date: Tuesday February 11, 2020 in the Afternoon.
- Location: 1839 NE Couch Street Portland, Oregon 97232
- For more information, contact Jill or Cathy @ 503.232-7411 or email@example.com.
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