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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Access Tip of the Month

Hello and welcome! I'm Joanne, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's (ONI's) Disability Program Coordinator.

I’d like to introduce to you the Access Tip of the Month. I will post one tip each month to accompany us all in our journeys to truly accessible and just spaces and practices.

Please know that this isn’t everything you need to know about access or creating inclusive space; it’s more like an accessibility factoid or conversation starter. (On that note, feel free to reach out and ask questions or start an access and disability justice conversation with me any time!) I can be reached at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970.


December: Accessible Parking

In this tip, you’ll learn why accessible parking has certain features, who gets to use accessible parking, and how YOU can support accessible parking wherever you are.

April: Accessible Restrooms

Accessible Restrooms: More than Grab Bars. An accessible restroom is essential to hosting an accessible community event, meeting, or training.

August: Find a Synonym

Stop using the word crazy.The word crazy, both historically and today, has been used to dehumanize those of us with mental health disabilities and discredit our experiences. So what can we do? We can find a synonym.

July: Like the Mic

Using a microphone at your meetings and events not only supports people who are hard of hearing, it increases understanding and retention for everyone by making the meeting content easier to take in.

June: Accommodation Requests

How do I get disability-related accommodation requests, and what do I do once I get one? There are a few simple things we can all be doing to make our events and programs more accessible. One of these is knowing how to seek out and honor accommodation requests.

May: Image Descriptions

Add an image description to your documents to enhance access to your information. Adding a brief image description below the logos makes them accessible to people who use screen reading software, people who may need support to process images AND people whose email software does not display images.

November: Voice control technology

While many of us might be familiar with the convenience simple voice control commands can provide, it is also important to know that voice control for a computer, home, and other features are essential elements of access for many people with disabilities.

October: Employment Accommodations

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), protects people with disabilities from employment discrimination and requires employers to offer “reasonable accommodations” to ensure that employees with disabilities have a fair chance to be effective in their jobs.

September: What is a Screen Reader?

A screen reader is exactly what it sounds like: it is a piece of software on a computer that reads what is on the (computer, phone or tablet) screen. The software is programmed to translate text and other computer codes into audio, using computer synthesized speech.