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Disability NEWS -- September 25, 2012


SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

  • City schedules 2013 Legislative Agendas input session for September 27

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings

  • Easter Seals Senior Community Service Programs presenting “Talent for Hire”

  • Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company seeks youth dancers

  • Federal report shows improvement in hiring people with disabilities

  • DEEP schedules Gary Karp to speak at two presentations on October 3

  • Disability Commission schedules Commissioner Candidates’ Forum for October 12

  • Online Career Fair to connect jobseekers with employers on October 16

  • Free Night for Networking III event will be October 16 at OHSU South Waterfront

  • Next month, Connecting Communities celebrates Portland’s disability community

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

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 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

Upcoming Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

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

Pettygrove Room, Second floor, City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

First Monday of the month

Wednesday, October 3, 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

Second Monday of the month

Monday, October 8, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Second Tuesday of the month

Tuesday, October 9, 3 to 5 pm

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.


To be followed by a:

City Commissioner Candidates’ Forum

12:30 to 2 p.m.

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 2500A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Fourth Thursday of the month

Thursday, October 18, 4 to 6 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

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

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Fourth Friday of the month

Friday, October 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Pettygrove Room, Second floor, City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

PLEASE NOTE: All Portland Commission on Disability
meetings and events are open to the public.

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.

Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company
seeks youth dancers

Youth dancers, ages 12 to 22, are invited to join the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company to participate in integrated dance classes for students with and without disabilities. The program began in 2006 and is dedicated to empowering young artists and offering opportunities for training and performance. The classes are on Mondays from 6 to 7:15 pm at Zoomopia, 810 SE Belmont St. Costs are $5 to $10 per class with no one turned away due to lack of funds.

No prior dance experience is necessary, just a desire and commitment to move. There will be periodic dance performances and a showcase in May. Dancers will perform as a group and may perform a solo, if they choose. They will gain experience in choreography and the responsibility of taking on their own creative project.

For more information and to sign up, contact Kathy Coleman at 503-238-0723 (voice) or email Contact the Disability Art and Culture Project by October 1 to reserve a spot. Learn more about the program at

Federal report shows improvement
in hiring people with disabilities

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that in Fiscal Year 2011, federal employees with disabilities represented 7.41 percent of the overall workforce and 11 percent when the figures include veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled. The report also shows significant increases in new hires of persons with disabilities. In the last fiscal year, people with disabilities represented 7.96 percent of all new hires and 14.7 percent of all new hires when veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled were also included -- the highest percentage in 20 years. In total, more than 200,000 people with disabilities now work for the federal government, also the most in 20 years.

When President Obama signed Executive Order 13548 on July 26, 2010, he specifically set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities by 2015.  OPM took the lead in making that recruitment possible. In its own hiring, OPM leads all agencies in the first two quarters of 2012 with 4.2 percent of all new hires being people with targeted disabilities. In addition, in FY 2011, 22.4 percent of all hires at OPM were people with disabilities, including those veterans who were 30 percent or more disabled.

Over 3,000 federal employees from more than 56 agencies have been trained on recruitment techniques and all cabinet-level agencies have attended trainings hosted by OPM. The federal hiring community is better prepared to hire the talented members of the disability community by using the Schedule A excepted appointing authority to hire people with disabilities, providing reasonable accommodation, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), and getting employees who become ill or injured on the job back to work.

DEEP schedules Gary Karp to speak
at two presentations on October 3

The Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland have scheduled two duplicate presentations by Gary Karp on October 3 in the Portland Building’s Auditorium on the second floor. The first is from noon to 1 pm and the second will be from 2 to 3 pm. The presentations are free and open to the public.

Karp is a leading voice for the modern disability movement. His work as an author, journalist, speaker, and advocate draws from personal experience with spinal cord injury since 1973, when he was injured at the age of eighteen.

His books, "Life On Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User,” "Choosing A Wheelchair: A Guide For Optimal Independence," and "Disability & the Art of Kissing" are widely reviewed as definitive guides for people with disabilities. He is the co-editor of a book of essays by people with spinal cord injuries titled "From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury," a collection that focuses on the deep processes of how people actually adapt to traumatic change.

City Commissioner Candidates’ Forum
scheduled for October 12

The Portland Commission on Disability is hosting City Commissioner candidates Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan at a Candidates’ Forum on Friday, October 12. 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.

The event will be moderated by Nyla McCarthy, PCOD chair, and feature the two candidates running to fill City Commissioner Position No. 1 in the November general election. The forum will start with time for opening remarks from Nolan and Fritz 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.

Online Career Fair to connect
jobseekers with employers on October 16

Qualified job candidates with disabilities may connect online, in real time, with employers ready to hire on October 16 from 10 am to 1 pm by participating in the Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair. Jobseekers with disabilities of all skills levels who want to meet employers nationwide who are actively recruiting them should participate online.

Each employer in attendance will have its own page for people wanting to know more about their career opportunities and the company culture. When the event is live, a test-based, “Get in Line” chat with each employer of interest will be available. Anyone not able to attend live will also be able to drop off notes for employers in attendance as long as they have registered for the event.

Other resources will include resume advice, the ability to research the employers, and to take the disclosure gamble. The Think Beyond the Labor Online Career Fair is an effective way to connect with employers looking for people like themselves – all in one place, all online. Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership, delivering information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities people with disabilities. More information is available at this web link.

Night for Networking is October 16
at OHSU South Waterfront

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 web page at There is additional information available on the website, including photographs of the 2011 event. Sponsorship is also available for this event.

Connecting Communities to celebrate
Portland’s disability community

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s Celebrate Ability 2012 event will be October 23 from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah St. Titled “Branch Out,” the free event will celebrate the vibrant Portland disability community and is open to the public. Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 News is the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Other features of Branch Out will be a keynote address from Steve Hanamura, a look at CCC’s 2012 projects, entertainment from PHAME Academy, the Making a Difference Awards presentation from the City of Portland, and a revealing of CCC’s exciting new project. Food and beverages will be served and attendees can explore a sponsor fair, too. Anyone wishing to attend is requested to RSVP at or call 503-261-1266.

2012 Spirit of Portland Awards
to be celebrated on October 29

The City’s 2012 Spirit of Portland Awards will recognize and celebrate those who have made a positive difference in the community. The event will be held on October 29, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah.

Celebrated each year since 1985, the Spirit of Portland Awards are presented to 20 to 30 awardees in various categories. The awardees are nominated by community members and recipients are determined by a selection committee. The nominees are evaluated concerning participation in outstanding projects, enriching the community & neighborhoods, providing special community service, raising cross-cultural awareness, and demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values.

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.

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.