||Buddy Fest NW presented by Northwest Down Syndrome Association
||The Northwest Down Syndrome Association is hosting the 19th Annual Buddy Fest NW to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome.
||Rose Quarter Commons Main Amphitheater & Center Court in Northeast Portland
||Above: NWDSA Buddy Fest logo
NWDSA's Buddy Fest NW will be September 23rd at the Rose Quarter
The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting the 19th Annual Buddy Fest NW on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together participants from Portland metro and Southwest Washington - family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.
The 19th Buddy Fest NW promises to be bigger and better than ever and will be at Rose Quarter Commons Main Amphitheater and Center Court in Northeast Portland. This is an opportunity to hear self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond.
The event features special guest speaker, Brandon Gruber, whose motto is 'Work Hard, Chooser Kindness and Be Yourself.' Emcee Tony Starlight will emcee the entertainment which has the Nu Wavers performing eighties favorites and Newel Briggs and friends providing energetic and uplifting reggae.
This year's Buddy Fest NW has a brand-new online registration platform. Anyone needing assistance with registration, may contact NWDSA by phone at 503-238-0522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Hearing Loss Association of Portland September Meeting
||The Hearing Loss Association of America – Portland Chapter, will hold its first meeting of the 2017-18 year at 6:30 p.m on Monday, Sept 18.
||Wistar Morris Room,Ground Floor, Good Samaritan Hospital , 1015 NW 22nd at Marshall Street.
||Above: Hearing Loss Association of America - Portland Chapter Logo
HLAA-Portland members to meet September 18th at Good Samaritan Hospital
The Hearing Loss Association of America - Portland Chapter, will hold its first meeting of the 2017-18 year at 6:30 p.m on Monday, Sept 18th, in the Wistar Morris Room on the ground floor of the main Good Samaritan Hospital building, 1015 NW 22nd at Marshall Street.
Instead of a speaker this month, the group will conduct a round-table discussion about what everyone wants to get out of the organization and its monthly meetings, including potential future meeting speakers and topics.
Monthly chapter meetings are real-time captioned (CART) and there is an induction loop amplification system (usable by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils). Meetings are accessible by Tri-Met lines 15 and 77 and the Portland Streetcar, which all stop within two blocks. The membership meetings are on the third Monday, September through May, at Good Samaritan, and are open to all. See hlaa-or.org/portland-chapter.html for more info about HLAA-Portland.
||FACT-Oregon's “Introduction to Supported Decision-Making”
||Training opportunity featuring Jonathan Martinis. Join us to learn how supported decision-making can be used with friends, family members, and professionals to help individuals experiencing disability make their own decisions.
||Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue
||FACT Oregon logo above
FACT offering an 'Introduction to Supported Decision-Making' on September 28
FACT Oregon is conducting 'Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship: From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!' on September 28 that features Jonathan Martinis. Participants may learn how supported decision-making can be used with friends, family members, and professionals to help individuals experiencing disability make their own decisions.
Martinis is Senior Director for Law and Policy with Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. BBI Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck notes that 'Martinis has devoted his career to representing people across the spectrum of disabilities, and their families and supporters, to protect their human and legal civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other civil rights laws.' He served as lead counsel in Brinn v. Tidewater Transportation District Commission, the first case to hold that people with disabilities have a right to paratransit transportation on a next-day basis and he was lead counsel in Winborne v. Virginia Lottery, in which the court held that the Lottery must ensure that all private businesses selling Lottery tickets are accessible to people with disabilities.
In 2013, Martinis represented Jenny Hatch in the nationally acclaimed "Justice for Jenny" case, helping Ms. Hatch secure her right to live where and how she wants, to make her own decisions, and direct her own life. Jenny's case was the first trial to hold that a person with disabilities has a right to engage in 'Supported-Decision Making,' where people work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations and choices they face, so they may make their own decisions - rather than be subjected to a unnecessary permanent, plenary or full guardianship. The 'Justice for Jenny' decision is hailed nationally and internationally for the principle that 'an individual's right to choose how to live and the government's progress in providing the help needed to integrate even those with the most profound need's into the community' is a right guaranteed under law. Martinis writes about this case on his blog at the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.
The training is at the Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Avenue. More information, including registration, is available on FACT Oregon's website.