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Disability NEWS -- November 6, 2012

NOVEMBER 6, 2012

  • Home Forward opens Section 8 voucher waiting list
  • Online questionnaire available to give feedback on land use processes
  • launches ‘What’s Your Connection?’ campaign online
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings
  • Regional meeting to speak on age-friendly cities and communities
  • Caregiving Challenges for LGBT Families conference set for mid-November
  • Meeting for input on use of federal housing monies will be November 14
  • Connecting Communities sets November general meeting for social media
  • Legislative training offers advocacy skills for next year’s legislative session
  • 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

Home Forward accepting Section-8
voucher program applications online

This year, Home Forward will accept online applications for the first time. The agency administers the Section-8 voucher program for Multnomah County. Home Forward will not prioritze applications by date, rather officials will randomly choose 3,000 households from the applications. Once a household is on the list, priority selection is provided for seniors, persons with disabilities, and people who are working or engaged in education or training programs. This list is open anytime from November 1 to 10.

Applicants must earn less than 50 percent of the area median income for their household size — $25,550 for a single individual and $36,500 for a family of four — to qualify for the program. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check, and at least one member of the household must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States. Multiple applications from people in the same household will be screened out and disqualified.

Home Forward has partnered with several library branches and other organizations to provide Internet access to applicants. You can not fill out the application on a tablet or cell phone. Read more and find out where Section-8 Application locations are on the Connecting Communities blog at this link.

Online questionnaire requesting
feedback on land use planning process

Portlanders have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas about the land use planning and/or the development review process by filling out a questionnaire. As part of the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan, the Community Involvement Policy Expert Group is interested in hearing what people’s personal experiences are, specifically with community involvement in land use planning and development processes in the city. Click this community involvement link to learn more about the survey and find contact information.

Input will be valuable to develop new community involvement goals and policies, a report documenting the group’s progress with community input, and recommendations for additional changes and improvements for consideration by the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). Please response by Friday, November 30, so the group can begin working with your input. launches
‘What’s Your Connection?’ campaign

The website has launched “What’s Your Connection?” to commemorate the site’s 20th anniversary. The initiative emphasizes that disability is a natural part of the human experience and focuses on the integral role that people with disabilities have in American society. The website is mangaged by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with 21 federal agency partners.

People nationwide can participate in the campaign by submitting a captioned photograph or video that answers the question “What’s your connection to disability?” Submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2013. Read more about the campaign at the “What’s Your Connection?” link. is the federal government's website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. Through the site, individuals with disabilities, their families, caregivers and others are able to connect to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. New information is added daily across 10 main subject areas: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation.

Upcoming Portland
Commission on Disability Meetings

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Tuesday, November 13, 3 to 5 pm

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
The Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, November 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Independent Living Resources

1839 NE Couch Street

(Change in time and location for November. The subcommittee
is participating in the Connecting Communities meeting
to learn more about using the web for advocacy and organizing.)

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, November 30, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Office of Equity & Human Rights

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

(Change in date to avoid conflict with holiday.)

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, December 14, 10 a.m. to 1 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.

November 8 meeting to speak 
on age-friendly cities and communities

Come and learn about cutting-edge efforts to address the aging of our region and how to get more involved at Toward an Age-Friendly Region meeting on Thursday, November 8. The event runs from 9 am to noon at the Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave in the Clackamas area.

Share your ideas about shaping the future of the region with representatives from around the area, including Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick. She will join the conversation and facilitate polling of participants at this meeting hosted by the Oregon Gerontological Association. More details are available at the association’s website link.

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

Meeting for input on use of federal
housing monies to be November 14

Community input on federal monies for housing is being sought by the Federal Funding Oversight Committee and the Portland Housing Bureau at a meeting on Wednesday, November 14. The meeting is from 3 to 5:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, Room 202, 1838 SW Jefferson St. It is hosted by the Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness.

Portlanders with concerns about helping the homeless, neighborhood gentrification, housing access, neighborhood housing issues and other concerns are invited to provide input to help budget drafting, action plans, and the City’s budget process, especially in terms of allocating federal and general fund dollars. More information, including accommodation needs, is available at this event link.

Connecting Communities general membership
meeting is Thursday, November 15

Social media will be the focus of Connecting Communities Coalition’s monthly general meeting on Thursday, November 15, at Independent Living Resources, 1839 NE Couch St. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm and will feature tools and strategies available on the worldwide web to suit your goals. Anyone looking for employment, trying to become an advocate or learn more about their community will find that social media can help them engage online. For more information, contact Kylie Foster at

Legislative training event offers advocacy
skills for next year's legislative session

FACT and the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition are hosting Portland On the Go! November 27 from 2 to 4:30 pm at 619 SW 11th Avenue. This legislative training event is for citizens to learn how the Oregon legislative process works, how to develop relationships with legislators, how to be an effective advocate and current issues pertinent to intellectual/developmental disability advocates.

Space is limited and confirmed reservation is required. To register, submit the name, email and zip code for each participant prior to the event to More information is available at the event’s website page.

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.

The expo has been developed to answer questions about what adaptive recreational equipment and local programs are available to people with mobility disabilities. Demonstrations are planned for hand cycling, rugby, basketball, bowling and more. Vendors will be onsite and joined by several Oregon-based adaptive sports programs like Oregon Adaptive Sports, Access Technologies Inc, Eugene adaptive parks and recreation, and Adventures without Limits.

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
on Disability’s website & Facebook page

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.