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Disability NEWS--February 5, 2020

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February 5, 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
  • Shape local technology with Your Voice survey through February 29

Learn

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

Create

  • Stewardship Grant offers up to $12,000 available for community projects. Short pre-application due February 7
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking local disability-led films by February 10
  • 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

Celebrate

  •  #ADA30InColor: Call for Stories

Connect

  • Independent Living Resources presents Healing Pathways, February 11
  • FAQs on the NEWS

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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.


 Shape local technology with Your Voice survey through February 29

Your Voice, Your Ideas and Your Experiences will help shape our local roadmap for an accessible and inclusive technology Future.

The Your Vo!ce survey is open through February 29, 2020. The survey can be taken online at yourvoice2020.mhcrc.org. It’s available in English and Spanish. Those without access to the internet can call 503-823-5385 to obtain a paper copy or to take the survey over the phone.

The survey results will be used by elected officials, community and business leaders, schools, libraries, public agencies, and nonprofits to understand the community’s needs and allocate future resources. #yourvoice2020

LEARN

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.

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

CREATE

Stewardship Grant offers up to $12,000 available for community projects. Short pre-application due February 7

The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) is accepting pre-applications for Stewardship Grants. The deadline to submit pre-applications is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020. A grant review committee will then invite selected applicants to submit a full application due in April.

Projects that can be funded include:

  • Neighborhood safety, health and livability
  • Youth leadership and skills development
  • Community gardens and green spaces
  • Art and education
  • Cleanup and restoration
  • Stormwater Management

CWSP encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents, and other underrepresented groups.

For help developing project ideas and putting together an application contact the CWSP:

For more information and application materials visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/CWSP.


 


 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.


 ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking local disability-led films by February 10

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, captioned, and must be submitted by February 10 for consideration. Email heather@dacphome.org for more information. 

We ask that a representative of the film is available for festival screening (April-June 2020, specifics TBD).

Unlike other film festivals, all films at ReelAbilities are captioned, and ASL and audio description are provided at all showings.

 


 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.

More information on conference proposals here.

 


 

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 kaela.parks@pcc.edu.


 

 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.

CELEBRATE

#ADA30InColor: Call for Stories

The Disability Visibility Project will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with a series of stories: #ADA30InColor. Disabled Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) 18 years and older in the United States are invited to submit a short pitch for an essay on the following themes:

  • Reflection on what the ADA means to you (the good, bad, everything in between)
  • Your lived experiences as a disabled BIPOC 30 years after the passage of the ADA
  • Current and future concerns about disability rights and justice from your perspective
  • The work that remains within the disability community regarding diversity and intersectionality
  • Anything else you care deeply about related to disability and activism

 Twelve submissions will be selected for publication. These 12 essays (1000-2000 words) will be published throughout the month of July on the Disability Visibility Project website and each writer will receive $250 for their work. An audio and plain language version of each essay will be published as well.  

Submit your short pitch here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7CT9PHH

For more information, application options, guidelines, and important dates, visit Community as Home: Call for Stories.

CONNECT

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 jillt@ilr.org.


 FAQs on the NEWS

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.

 How do I subscribe to the Disability NEWS?

To subscribe, please email disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov.

 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.

 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.