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Disability NEWS - August 1, 2012


AUGUST 1, 2012

  • Public encouraged to attend PCOD Mayoral Candidates Forum on August 10
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings
  • Free Workshop for Women with Asthma being held on August 3
  • City holds input Sessions on 2013 Legislative Agendas starting August 6
  • FACT offers opportunities to attend IEP Workshops in August
  • Incight partnering with Oregon Disability Sports for Summer Handcycling Series
  • DACP has Survey Open Now, Invites All to its First Community Listening Session
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

PCOD Mayoral Candidate Forum is
next week on Friday, August 10

The Portland Commission on Disability is hosting mayoral candidates Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales at a Candidates Forum on Friday, August 10. The forum will be held from 12:30 to 2 pm in Room 2500A at the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, in downtown Portland.

Nyla McCarthy, PCOD chair, will moderate the event featuring the two candidates running to become the Portland’s next mayor in the November general election. The forum will start with a time for opening remarks from Hales and Smith before entering an hour-long question session. The questions will focus on issues and concerns of people with disabilities as related to the practices, policies and services of the City. There is time allotted for final remarks by the candidates before the end of the forum.

PCOD is conducting an outreach campaign throughout the community and calling on the public and organizations who have interests regarding people with disabilities to attend and hear what the city’s next chief executive thinks the city will do to address people with disabilities concerns. Major issues and concerns for people with disabilities in Portland include accessibility, employment, housing and transportation.

August 2012 Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 2500A

Mayoral Candidates’ Forum

Friday, August 10, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Same location as the PCOD meeting


PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, August 13, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A


PLEASE NOTE: The Portland Commission on Disability’s Employment,
Livability & Wellness, and Public Outreach & Awareness
Subcommittee Meetings for August have been cancelled.

Free Workshop for Women with Asthma 
scheduled for August 3 in Portland

A free workshop for women with asthma will be at the Highland Christian Center’s Fellowship Hall on Friday, August 3, from 10 to 11:30 am. The Association of Asthma Educators is conducting the workshop in the Fellowship Hall at 7600 NE Glisan Street. Learn about asthma and how to feel your best at the workshop.

Participants can learn how to get help with asthma costs, why the right medications can help, how to use inhalers and what makes asthma? Refreshments will be provided. Attendees should RSVP Rene Bernert by calling 503-718-6144 or by email to

City holds input sessions for 2013
Legislative Agendas starting August 6

The public is invited to attend two upcoming community engagement sessions that are designed for participants to provide their ideas prior to the development of the City’s 2013 State and Federal Legislative Agendas. The City wants to hear about issues being facing in its neighborhoods and communities, as these legislative agendas are being developed.

The agenda for the meeting includes an overview of the City’s legislative process and legislative agenda development calendar, a status report on development of the 2013 agendas and a facilitated input session to help identify issues important to participants’ neighborhood and the community. More information and how to RSVP is available at

FACT offers opportunities to attend
IEP Workshops in August

FACT (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) announces two workshop opportunities during the week of August 6 through 11. The workshops will offer a solid introduction to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for parents to meet the special education needs of a child, who may have a disability. This program is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The workshops will help parents understand the IEP and how it is developed, their involvement in the process, tips and tolls for being their child’s number one fan and advocate, and provide questions with answers. This is a solid introduction to the IEP and is a great way to start the upcoming schoolyear. Visit FACT’s website at  and click the Events/Trainings link to learn more about these workshops and others being offered.

Incight partners with Oregon Disability Sports
for Summer Handcycling at PIR

Incight is partnering with Oregon Disability Sports to host Portland’s first annual Summer Handcycling Series at Portland International Raceway. The series events are every Tuesday this summer through August 28 at 4:30 pm with setup. Cyclists are free to use the track from 5 to 6 pm.

Riders of all abilities and ages are invited to participate. All skills from beginning to Olympic are represented. Handcycles are available for novice riders and a helmet is required to ride. More information is available at and

DACP has survey out, invites all to its
First Community Listening session

The Disability Arts & Culture Project is inviting the community to its first Community Listening Session on Saturday, August 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. The free event is hosted by DACP in partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services on PCC’s Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth St, in Terrell Hall’s Room 112.

DACP also has an online survey that it invites everyone to respond to. They want community input to provide information on what people think about the intersection of identities, race and disability. The group also is looking for feedback on how they are to grow and how people would like to be involved.. Click this link,, to take the survey. For a larger font with more contrast, please click this link,

The Community Listening Session will cover Intersections of Identities, Race and Disability and have a presentation of art and discussion with Rupert Kinnard. There will also be discussion about how DACP is to grow and a participatory art project. Everyone is welcome.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page
for news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Disability Program Facebook page features daily postings of news, videos, events and issues of interest to people with disabilities.  Visit the program’s Facebook page to read these postings and other information posted daily on disability issues, news and concerns.

Get more news/information at the Commission’s website

You can access more information on resources, events and the Portland Commission on Disability at the program’s website:

The Commission has begun development of its own website, which is found at There are links for meeting calendars, the Commission’s Facebook page, commissioner profiles and other information. The site will be adding more content now that the Commission has moved to the Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and watch its development.

To update your contact information, if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter or if you wish to submit information for the newsletter, please contact Patrick Philpott, Portland Commission on Disability Program Specialist, at:

Phone: 503-823-4432


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The Disability NEWS is distributed by the Portland Commission on Disability and the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program.