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Disability NEWS--February 19, 2020

[Black and white Civic Life Disability Program logo with “NEWS” on the right.] 

[Black and white Civic Life Disability Program logo with “NEWS” on the right.]

February 19, 2020

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  • NW Disability Support offers weekly specialized education drop in hours
  • Shape local technology with Your Voice survey through February 29
  • Tax workshop for people with disabilities, February 25
  • New dance class for adults with disabilities, staring March 4
  • Who counts in the Census? YOU!
  • Register now for NAMI classes for peers, parents, families, and Veterans
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers
  • 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
  • Residential Facilities Ombudsman (RFO) Program seeking volunteers
  • #ADA30InColor: Call for Stories
  • L’Arche Portland hosts monthly Potlucks, March 5
  • 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:

 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 Voice survey is open through February 29, 2020. The survey can be taken online at 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


Tax workshop for people with disabilities, February 25

INCIGHT is partnering with Palladio Group for a Tax Workshop for individuals with disabilities. Join us on Tuesday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

In this workshop, attendees will better understand all the components to a successful life care plan-saving for the future, the role of needs-based government benefits, ABLE accounts, special needs trusts and much more! This event is an in-person OR webinar event.

Please register in advance as space is limited: Register for Tax Workshop here.

 New dance class for adults with disabilities, staring March 4

Come join our new fun and safe dance class called “Dance Development” for adults with disabilities.  The class provides students with the opportunity to work on basic movements and build strength and flexibility.  Join now and during the month of March you can learn Hip Hop and participate in the June recital!

Class starts March 4th on Wednesdays from 6-7pm in Beaverton, OR.

Call 503-641-5678 or email

 Who counts in the Census? YOU!

Can we count on you?

Each decade, the census provides an opportunity to count every person living in the U.S. The data collected has an impact:

REPRESENTATION: Determines the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives.

FUNDING: Informs how billions of dollars are distributed for critical public services including: roads, schools, and hospitals.

April 1, 2020 is national Census Day. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate. Once the invite arrives, you can respond online, by phone, or mail.

Find out more about why #WeCountOregon and how you can spread the word!

Check out this one-minute video to learn who counts in your Census response.

 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 (Both African American & LGBTQIA+ specific groups now available)

NAMI Family-to-Family

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.


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.

 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: Best consideration will be given by March 1, 2020. Any questions please contact Kaela Parks at 971-722-4868 or email

 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:

 Residential Facilities Ombudsman (RFO) Program seeking volunteers to be Certified Ambassadors and Ombudsmen

The Residential Facility Ombudsman Program provides advocacy for individuals living in homes licensed or certified for intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or mental health conditions. Ombudsmen advocate for individual’s rights through home visits, individual support, and resolving concerns.

Ombudsmen also represent the program at community events and educate people on daily issues faced by individuals.

To get an application packet and further information, email


#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: ADA 30 Pitch your story.

Deadline for submissions: March 6, 2020. For more information, application options, guidelines, and important dates, visit Community as Home: Call for Stories.


L’Arche Portland hosts monthly potlucks, March 5

Join L’Arche Portland for monthly potluck dinners and community celebrations. L'Arche@Tabor and L’Arche@Westside are monthly community gatherings of people with and without intellectual disabilities in SE Portland and Beaverton. Discover a community of belonging and inclusion, and engage in activities and discussions that feed our spirit.

  • L’Arche@Tabor: Thursday, March 5th 6-8 PM at Taborspace in SE Portland
  • L’Arche@Westside: Thursday, March 12th 6-8 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton

Learn more at, email, or call 503-251-6901.


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

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 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.