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Disability NEWS -- October 8, 2012


OCTOBER 8, 2012

  • Plan to attend the City Commissioner Candidates Forum this Friday!

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings

  • 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

  • Hearing Loss Association of Portland meets on October 18

  • Connecting Communities celebrating Portland’s disability community on October 23

  • Oregon Disability MegaConference being held in Salem October 25-27

  • October 26 Colored Pencils features “Portland Art Museum Celebration”

  • 2012 Spirit of Portland Awards to be celebrated on October 29

  • Access Recreation to celebrate its project to provide trail information

  • PHAME’s “Sparkle!” Gala Dinner and Auction will be November 4

  • Caregiving Challenges for LGBT Families conference set for mid-November

  • Access-ABLE EXPO 2012 will be in Portland November 30 and December 1

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

City Commissioner Candidates’
Forum is this Friday, 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.

Upcoming Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

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

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

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.

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.

Hearing Loss Association of Portland
meets on October 18

The Hearing Loss Association of Portland is holding its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 16, from 7 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be at the North/South Conference Room (Room 164), in Building 2 at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street. Anyone and their spouse, partner, family member or friend who is interested in their communications issues is invited to attend. The topic for the meeting is to be announced and there is always an opportunity for attendees to discuss hearing issues and ask questions about the effects. New attendees are especially welcome.

Connecting Communities to celebrate
Portland’s disability community

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s Celebrate Ability 2012 event is 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. Participants from previous years commented on the valuable information being shared and strength of community they have encountered at this annual event.

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 City Commissioner Amanda Fritz for the City of Portland, and a revealing of CCC’s exciting new project. Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 News is the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. 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.

Oregon Disability MegaConference
being held in Salem October 25-27

The October 25-27 Oregon Disability MegaConference will feature an employment extravaganza on the 25th with exhibiters and presenters. They are coming from across the nation to provide information and techniques to assist individuals with disabilities to pursue employment opportunities in their communities. The event will be at the Salem Conference Center with more information, including registration, available at this link. Last year, over 400 persons attended the MegaConference.

October 26 Colored Pencils features
“Portland Art Museum Celebration”

The Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council, a nonprofit organization promoting human rights and social equity through art, is bringing the rich musical, dance, and visual arts traditions of Portland’s diverse communities to the Portland Art Museum, on Friday, October 26.

Colored Pencils is partnering with the Portland Art Museum and the Iraqi Society of Oregon to invite audiences to the fifth Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night in 2012. Visual and performance artists from various ethnic backgrounds will present song, dance, and poetry against the backdrop of eclectic paintings, photography and drawings by some of the region’s most exciting artists.

Open Door Gallery and Colored Pencils Art Collective is joining forces to organize the biggest multicultural art exhibit, which will feature local Malaysian artist Ping Khaw Sutherland, master painters from Iraq Farooq Hasasn and Ali Al Mosawi, and “Project Grow” artist Babs Bowley. Open Door Gallery is led by artist Bobby Fouther, who has been an active Colored Pencils volunteer. Selected artworks from talented local artists from many traditions also will be displayed during the event to celebrate the museum's free admission day. More information is available on Colored Pencils’ website.

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.

Access Recreation to celebrate its
project to provide trail information

Access Recreation extends an invitation to celebrate the completion of the Guidelines for Providing Trail Information to People with Disabilities on Friday, November 2, from 1 to 4 pm in Room C at the Portland Building. The Portland Building is located in downtown Portland at 1120 SW Fifth Avenue. During the celebration, there will be demonstrations how to enhance trail websites, pamphlets and trail sites by addressing information that is essential for people with disabilities to make informed decisions.

Anyone planning to attend the event who may require reasonable accommodation to participate or have questions about access, should contact Georgena Moran at least 10 days prior to the event, on or before October 23. For information and to confirm your attendance, contact Georgena at or 503-887-7453.

PHAME’s “Sparkle!” Gala Dinner
and Auction will be November 4

PHAME will feature dinner, sparkling live and silent auctions along with inspiring PHAME performances at its “Sparkle!” dinner and auction on November 4. The evening starts at 5 pm at The Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. The gala will shine with a theme of imagination and the talent of inspiring student artists and performers. Kendal Clawson, the governor’s arts and culture policy advisor will be emcee for the night. Jason Demicheli returns as the event auctioneer, enticing guests with fabulous travel, food, wine and entertainment packages.

All funds raised will benefit PHAME, Portland’s acclaimed fine and performing arts academy for adult with developmental disabilities. For more information and ticket buying information, please visit PHAME’s website.

Caregiving Challenges for LGBT Families
confab set for mid-November

The Clackamas County Volunteer Connection is presenting Caregiving Challenges for LGBT Families on November 13 from 8 am to 1pm in the Willamette Room of the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego.  The free conference will open the dialogue regarding the challenges of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – whether they are caregivers or the ones in need of care.

For this conference, the term “family caregivers” refers to all people who provide or manage the care of someone who is chronically or seriously ill at no charge. Family caregivers may be part of a patient’s family of origin or family of choice. Questions should be directed to 503-650-5779 or Registration may be done by phone at 503-650-5779 or emailing

Access-ABLE EXPO 2012 will be
in Portland November 30 & December 1

The extraordinary abilities in the disability community will be highlighted November 30 and December 1 during the access-ABLE EXPO 2012 at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8349 NE Columbia Boulevard. The expo on Friday runs from noon to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. The focus is access to an independent lifestyle through sports and recreation equipment and programs with information provided that is intended to benefit all people with disabilities.

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.