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Disability NEWS - 10/22/2012


OCTOBER 22, 2012

  • Connecting Communities celebrates Portland’s disability community tomorrow!

  • Help redevelop Portland's Title II ADA Transition Plan on October 25

  • Department of Labor launches virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings

  • Prepare to vote in November with DRO’s Voting Access Project

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

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

  • It's Not Scary to be Blind: Walk With Me! For Walktober

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

  • Access Recreation to celebrate its project to provide trail information

  • UCP Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Disabilities is Nov. 2-3

  • 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

Celebrate Ability is tomorrow, October 23;
RSVP now and attend the event!

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 have 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 City of Portland’s Making a Difference Awards presentations from City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and a revealing of CCC’s exciting new project. The Portland Commission on Disability’s Public Outreach Committee will attend and be offering information on the Commission and its work. 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.


Help the City of Portland update its
2012 Title II Transition Plan on October 25

The City of Portland is updating its Title II Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to ensure accessibility for all residents and visitors on Thursday, October 25, from 4 to 6 pm. The public meeting will be held in Conference Room C on the second floor of the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue. Participants will learn about how the City plans to conduct an ADA assessment of all City facilities that provide public programs.

To ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City will reasonable modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-2559; City TTY: 503-823-6868; Oregon Relay Service: 711; or email with any requests or questions.


Department of Labor launches
virtual Workplace Flexibility Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched its online Workplace Flexibility Toolkit to provide employees, job seekers, employers, policymakers and researchers with information, resources and a unique approach to workplace flexibility. Workplace flexibility policies and practices typically focus on when and where work is done. The toolkit adds a new dimension — an emphasis on flexibility around job tasks and what work is done.

Funded by the department's Office of Disability Employment Policy in partnership with the department's Women's Bureau, the toolkit makes more than 170 resources easily accessible, particularly for workers and job seekers with complex employment situations, such as parents of young children, single parents, family caregivers, mature workers, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, and individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities and people with HIV/AIDS.

The toolkit, which can be accessed at, points visitors to case studies, fact and tip sheets, issue briefs, reports, articles, websites with additional information, other related toolkits and a list of frequently asked questions. It is searchable by type of resource, target audience and types of workplace flexibility, including place, time and task. New information will be added to the Workplace Flexibility Toolkit as it is identified.

Upcoming Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

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

Pettygrove Room, Second floor, City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, November 7, 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, November 5, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

(Change in date to avoid conflict with holiday.)

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, November 13, 3 to 5 pm

Pettygrove Room, Second floor/City Hall

1221 SW 4th Avenue

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, November 15, 4 to 6 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

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

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

DRO’s Voting Access Project
will prepare you to vote next month

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is conducting a Voting Access Project to provide assistance to people with disabilities who encounter voting problems related to their disabilities. DRO offers help with a Voter Toolkit, voter information, voter assistance information, links for voting access and other helpful information. The Voting Access Project offers all this information and tools at no cost to participants. More information is available at DRO’s website Voting Access Project page or by calling 503-243-2081 or 1-800-452-1694.

Oregon Disability MegaConference
being held in Salem October 25-27

The October 25-27 Oregon Disability MegaConference will feature an employment extravaganza on the first day 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. An art show, awards banquet with dance, and over 50 breakout sessions are scheduled. 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.

It's Not Scary to be Blind:
Walk With Me! during Walktober

It's Walktober and Meet the Blind month! Members of the Rose City Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Oregon (NFBO) are leading a walk/discussion on Monday, October 29, at 5pm in the Hollywood area. Their goal is to educate others about navigating the city using alternative methods (such as a white cane or guide dog), and to discuss certain aspects of the pedestrian and public transportation infrastructure that are both helpful and possibly not so helpful for the blind and low vision. Also, this is an opportunity to demonstrate some basic cane skills and non-photon dependent methods of travel. Participants get a chance to be blindfolded and taught some basic cane skills (only if they wish). More than anything though, this walk will provide a good opportunity for discussion with several blind Portlanders who will encourage questions and answers related to blindness.

The walk will start at the fountain in the center of Holladay Park (by the NE 11th Ave MAX Station at Lloyd Center) between 5:00PM and 5:15PM. Approximately 15 minutes will be spent to demonstrate basic cane skills in the park, then the group will take the MAX to the Hollywood station (so be prepared to buy a Trimet pass), where they will walk through Hollywood, ending at Moon and Sixpence to continue the conversation.

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 to disability community

Access Recreation extends an invitation to celebrate the completion of its 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 and 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.

 UCP Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy
& Developmental Disabilities is November 2-3

United Cerebral Palsy is hosting its 15th annual Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disabilities November 2 through 3. The conference is scheduled at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, and starts each day at 9 am, ending at 3:30 pm. Attendees can participate in three sessions each day to become re-energized with new ideas, information and resources. There is special entertainment on Friday evening with a film, The Faun Experiment, featuring Gregg Mozgala. Further information including contact info and how to register is available at the event’s website,

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.