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Disability NEWS--March 4, 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.]

March 4, 2020

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  • NW Disability Support offers weekly specialized education drop in hours
  • New dance class for adults with disabilities, starting March 4
  • Register for Civics 101, sponsored by SAGE, beginning April 14
  • Who counts in the Census? YOU!
  • Register now for NAMI classes for peers, parents, families, and Veterans
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival seeking volunteers
  • 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
  • Become a vendor or artist with the 2020 Pan African Festival
  • 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:


New dance class for adults with disabilities, starting 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


Register for Civics 101, sponsored by SAGE, beginning April 14

Do you want to learn about your city, county and regional government? Are you interested in getting more civically involved, but aren’t sure where to start? The upcoming 5-session Civics 101 training can help!

Civics 101 is sponsored by SAGE (Senior Advocates for Generational Equity) and taught by JoAnn Herrigel, former Deputy Director of Elders in Action. Participants in this free training series will learn about the structure and operation of city, county, and regional government, engage directly with elected officials, and learn to advocate for issues of concern. This year, Civics 101 will focus on the City of Milwaukie, the City of Portland, Clackamas County, and Metro Regional Government. The final session will be a hands-on advocacy training.

Sessions will run from mid-April to mid-May and will be held mostly on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm. The first and second sessions are April 14 and April 21. Dates, times and locations for the balance of the sessions will be set shortly. To register or for more information, contact JoAnn Herrigel at or 503-449-5039.


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 (African American & LGBTQIA+, Veteran groups 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.


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.


Become a vendor, artist or volunteer with the 2020 Pan African Festival

Vendors: We are seeking vendors to be part of our second annual festival. If you are interested, please complete the application at the link below. Spaces are limited! All fees are due within two weeks upon submission of application. Apply here (opens Google doc).

Artists: We are seeking music, dance, fashion, spoken word artists representing and celebrating the Pan African (Caribbean, African, African American, Afro-Latinx) culture! Are you interested in being in our entertainment line up? Apply here (opens google doc).

If you have additional questions, please contact La' Tevin Alexander at


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.