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Disability NEWS - August 23, 2012


AUGUST 23, 2012

  • Mayoral Candidates’ Forum is well attended, captioned video posted online

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings

  • FACT offers opportunities to still attend IEP Workshops this month

  • OSU provides free nutrition training for adults with developmental disabilities

  • Colored Pencils offers a Summer Celebration with the Hmong Community August 31

  • Make nominations now for October’s Making A Difference Awards

  • OSHU recruiting new members for Disability Community Planning Group

  • PHC Northwest hosting legislative candidates to answer questions from community

  • DRO requests feedback for its 2012 Community Needs Survey

  • Walk, Roll or Stroll for children & adults with disabilities on September 15

  • ILR’s “A Roll in the Park 2012” to be held on September 21

  • City schedules 2013 Legislative Agendas’ input session September 27

  • Easter Seals Senior Community Service Programs presents Talent for Hire

  • Night for Networking III will be October 16, opportunities for sponsorship available

  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Mayoral candidates respond to questions
from Commission on Disability at forum

Candidates for Portland’s next mayor, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, participated in the Portland Commission on Disability’s (PCOD) Candidate Forum on August 10. This was the first candidate event in the city to ever be held specifically for the issues of people with disabilities. It was also noted as being the first candidate forum to start the general election campaign period this year.

The event was conducted in a large conference room at the 1900 Building in downtown Portland. Approximately 75 persons attended the early afternoon forum to hear the two candidates make comments and respond to questions from the Commission and the public.

Questions were posed for concerns about transportation, employment, accessibility, public safety and a future working relationship with the Commission. Follow up questions were also provided to develop further understanding about the candidate’s vision for addressing the City policies, practices and services that affect people with disabilities.

A video of this forum is now available for viewing on the Commission’s page at the Office of Equity & Human Rights (OEHR) website. For those who were unable to attend, but wish to view and hear the candidates, Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales, speaking and answering questions, a video of the complete event has been posted online.

The video has also been captioned to provide accessibility. For those who want the captioning available, click the YouTube icon in the lower right-hand corner of the video screen. It will reopen on the YouTube site and clicking the CC icon will enable captioning for viewing. Click this link,, to go to the OEHR website for viewing the video.

PCOD is now preparing for its next candidate forum on October 12 with the two candidates running for the post of City Commission Position No. 1: Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan. This forum will also be held in Conference Room 2500A at the 1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, on the second floor. It is scheduled to start at 12:30 pm and last until 2 pm.


Upcoming Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

The Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 4th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, September 10, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, September 11, 3 to 5 pm

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, September 27, 4 to 6 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

The Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 4th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, September 28, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pettygrove Room, Second floor, City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

City Commissioner Candidates’ Forum

12:30 to 2 p.m.

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 2500A


Opportunities to attend FACT’s
IEP Workshops still available in August

FACT (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) announces two workshop opportunities on August 27 and 28. 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 tools for being their child’s number one fan/advocate, and provide questions with answers. This is a solid introduction to the IEP and is a great way to start the upcoming school year. Visit FACT’s website at  and click the Events/Trainings link to learn more about these workshops and others being offered.


Free nutrition training offered
for adults with developmental disabilities

Oregon State University is conducting a FREE nutrition training for group home agencies on August 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at the HomeLife Headquarters in Corvallis at 25th and Fillmore Avenue. This training is part of a partnership between the University of Montana and Oregon State University to develop a comprehensive health promotion program (i.e., physical activity and nutrition) for adults with developmental disabilities. The grant at Oregon State University is paying for the cost of the materials and training, so interested agencies would simply need to show up to the one day training. Information about MENU-AIDDS nutritional training and program can be found at the following link:

Colored Pencils offers Summer Celebration
with the Hmong Community

Colored Pencils’ next event will be a summer celebration with the Hmong Community on August 31 at Director Park in downtown Portland from 5:30 to 9 pm. The park is located at 815 SW Park Avenue, behind the Fox Tower. The Portland Commission on Disability partnered with Colored in June to host art and culture represented by people with disabilities. This month’s event is free to seniors, children and students.

The Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council’s mission is to facilitate intercultural learning among diverse communities through artistic expression. More information about the Council is available at

Deadline looming for Making
A Difference Awards nominations

Time is running out to make a nomination for the 2012 Marking A Difference Awards. The deadline is September 1 to submit the name of someone whom you believe deserves recognition for promoting equity and breaking down barriers, both physical and social, for people with disabilities. Take five minutes to submit a nomination form for the awards which will be presented at the October 23 Connecting Communities’ “Branch Out” event from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel. Visit the Portland Disability Program website information at this link,, to find out more and obtain the nomination form. Do it today!

New members needed for OHSU
Disability Community Planning Group

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) is expanding its Disability Community Planning Group (DCPG) and is looking for representatives from the disability community who would be interested in joining. The group is just starting its new three-year grant cycle and looking to increase membership and collaborations to better reflect the expertise and knowledge needed to address and accomplish its new goals and objectives.

The group meets quarterly for a few hours, usually at the Portland State Office Building or somewhere else in the community. The next meeting will be sometime in the fall. For more information, contact Danielle Bailey, program coordinator, at OODH by email at or phone at 503-494-4858.

PHC Northwest hosting event
to engage legislative candidates

PHC Northwest is hosting legislative candidates Rep. Matt Want, Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson and Chris Gorsek on September 5 from 6 to 8 pm at 5312 NE 148th Avenue. The candidates will answer audience questions and hear from the public what their thoughts are concerning issues that affect the disability community. This free event is open to the public and offers an opportunity to engage legislative candidates and show them how these issues impact people with disabilities.

Disability Rights Oregon requests
community feedback on its survey

In light of the extreme economic conditions and continued medical cuts in Oregon, Disability Rights of Oregon (DRO) is requesting community feedback on its 2012 Community Needs Survey. Input on the survey will be used to target services provided by DRO, which is a protection and advocacy organization assisting individuals with legal issues impacting their disability. This survey will end on August 31. The survey may be completed at Hard copies are available by calling 503-243-2081.

2012 Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp Walk,
Roll & Stroll is set for September 15

The Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp Walk, Roll and Stroll event is September 15, starting at 9 am in Willamette Park at SW Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street. This is a family-friendly event to support children and adults with disabilities. In addition to the walk, there will be live music, games, prizes, raffles and more. Information is available on the event website at

ILR’s “A Roll in the Park 2012”
to be held on September 21

Independent Living Resources’ will conduct its “A Roll in the Park 2012” from 11 am to 2 pm at 1839 NE Couch Street on September 21. Join this festive celebration of entertainment, food, arts & crafts, art show and informational booths while celebrating the abilities of all people with disabilities. Community agencies are invited to participate and help ILR highlight individuals with disabilities and the wide variety of resources promoting access, inclusion and awareness in the community.

City schedules 2013 Legislative
Agendas input session September 27

The public is invited to attend a community engagement session that is designed for participants to provide their ideas prior to the development of the City’s 2013 State and Federal Legislative Agendas. This session is scheduled for September 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Room C on the second floor of the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue.

The City wants to hear about issues being facing 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’ neighborhoods and the community. More information and how to RSVP is available at

Easter Seal’s Senior Community Service
Program holding “talent fair”

Easter Seals Disability Services is inviting potential community employers to look beyond age and see the talent at its “Talent for Hire” Showcase on September 26 from 2 to 4 pm. Its Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is holding the talent fair at the Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center, 5600 NE 42nd Avenue. SCSEP is inviting host agency supervisors, community partners and potential employers to visit the fair that will feature participants in the program. This will be a great chance for potential employers to see some of the hidden skills and talents of program participants. Quality star talent will be available who can help businesses shine.

Night for Networking is October 16,
sponsorship still available

OHSU’s Night for Networking will be held on October 16 and is now open for registration. Join OHSU and the greater Portland community in connecting business and talent at this free networking event, highlighting people with disabilities. The event will take place from 6 to 9 pm at OHSU’s Center for Health & Healing, OHSU South Waterfront, 3303 SW Bond Avenue.

People are encouraged to RSVP and attend if they are in a business/government agency seeking talented and diverse individuals or if they are a talented and skilled individual with a disability, seeking to establish or grow their employment and business networks. To RSVP and/or request reasonable accommodation, visit the event webpage at There is additional information available on the website, including photographs of the 2011 event. Sponsorship is also available for this event.

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 is adding more content now that the Commission has moved to the Office of Equity & Human Rights. Please visit and watch its development.

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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.