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Disability NEWS -- 3/5/2013


March 5, 2013

  • Gallaudet’s RERC-TA captioned telephone online survey ends March 8
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings in March
  • BPS schedules workshops to discuss Portland’s Comprehensive Plan
  • DACP offers CRAFTERNOON workshop on March 9 for making beads and jewelry
  • Gary Busey to speak at 30th Brain Injury Conference this month
  • Portland hearing loss group reports on Portland’s captioned movie options
  • Code for apartments and parking to be discussed on March 12
  • PHAME’s New Community Arts Open House is free on March 14
  • NWDSA announces that World Down syndrome Day is March 21
  • Incight’s “Tapping Fresh Talent” Career Expo will be April 11 at Expo Center
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Gallaudet’s RERC-TA captioned
telephone online survey ends March 8

Gallaudet University’s online survey to help inform the Federal Communications Commission about captioned telephone service (CTS) will close this Friday, March 8, at 8:59 pm PST. The survey is to learn about the experiences of adults who use CTS so the FCC can better evaluate these devices.

The user perspective is important, so users should consider participating. The criteria for participation is to be 18 years of age or order and be deaf, hard of hearing or have a hearing loss. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and questions are asked about the participant’s hearing loss, their hearing device use, the captioned telephone services and equipment used, and their experience using this type of phone and service. Anyone wishing to participate may click on this survey link.


March Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

St. Johns Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Friday, March 8, 1 to 3 pm

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

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, March 11, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, March 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, March 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

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

BPS conducting March workshops
for Portland’s Comprehensive Plan

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is continuing its Comprehensive Plan workshops in March for the community to provide feedback on the Working Draft Part 1. The City’s Comprehensive Plan is being updated with a focus on equity to help manage expected population and employment growth. It will also coordinate major public investments in parks, roads, housing, sewers, business districts and more over the next 20 years in Portland.

BPS staff and more than 160 community members have developed the Working Draft Part 1 and is requesting community feedback. The draft plan and information about the three remaining March workshops, being held on March 5, 9 and 14, is available at this web page on the BPS website.

The new Comprehensive Plan will set guidelines for community involvement and influence the direction of private development and public facilities — all to ensure that Portland is a more prosperous, healthy, educated, equitable and resilient city. While the Portland Plan set goals and policies for economic development, housing, education, transportation and watershed health, the new Comprehensive Plan will help implement them through more specific city policies to help in making better on-the-ground decisions in the City's neighborhoods.


CRAFTERNOON workshop is March 9
for making beads and jewelry

The Disability Arts and Culture Project (DACP ) is conducting a CRAFTERNOON workshop on Saturday, March 9, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm where participants can make jewelry or bring their own project to work on. The community art/craft afternoon will be led by Sarah Doherty, DACP development director (and glitter enthusiast) with a workshop on making paper beads and other jewelry out of paper and cloth. The workshop will be at SCRAP Education Annex, Standard Dairy Building Suite J, 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Although DACP gladly accepts donations to cover costs, there is no charge for the workshop. All participants will receive an electronic image of the piece(s) they create, and the jewelry and artwork will be donated to DACP for fundraising. More information is available at this link on the DACP website. Space is limited, so email or call 503-238-0723 by Friday, March 8.


Gary Busey to speak at 30th
Brain Injury Conference this month

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon has scheduled Gary Busey to provide the keynote address at the Friday, March 8, dinner for the Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2013. The conference is scheduled to run March 7 through 9 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. Its theme is “Living with Brain Injury: Focusing on the Future.” The conference offers discussions and workshops that will cover the many aspects of brain injuiries. For more information, visit the event website.


Portland hearing loss group reports
on local captioned movie options

The Hearing Loss Association of Portland reports that the Portland area offers a wide range of captioned movie options that are listed on the Captionfish website. The captioning options include special captioning glasses at many Regal theaters, open captioned films at a small number of Regal theaters, and in-seat captioning devices for many films at Cinemark (Century) theaters.

The group recommends that since listings change weekly, people go online to Captionfish to see current offerings. They also advise that when visiting a theater that shows captioned films, to ask for a direct phone number to use in the future and for confirming which films are captioned and their showtimes. Calling a published phone will usually not provide the captioning information.


Code for apartments and parking
to be discussed on March 12

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission is having a hearing on proposed zoning code amendments for new apartments and parking on March 12, starting at 12:30 pm. The hearing will be in Room 2500A of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue. An increase in the last year for the development of new multi-dwelling buildings that do not include off-street parking has prompted the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to complete a series of studies related to this concern and a proposed a set of zoning code amendments.

To obtain more information about the meeting and the report “New Apartments and Parking Proposed Zoning Code Amendments,” visit the event on the BPS website at this link.


PHAME’s New Community Arts
Open House is free on March 14

PHAME Academy's second “Get PHAME-ous!,” will be Thursday, March 14, from 7 to 9 pm, at the PHAME Headquarters, 1535 NE 17th Avenue. The FREE community arts open house event will feature open classes, live performance, art shows, art-making opportunities, talk-backs and snacks. Get PHAME-ous! will showcase the full range of fine and performing arts that PHAME’s adult artists and performers with developmental disabilities study and practice at PHAME Academy.

“At PHAME, we believe everyone has the right to be an artist. And this exciting new ‘Get PHAME-ous!’ community arts open house series is all about creativity, and community, and making connections,” says PHAME Executive Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin. “For a few hours during ‘Get PHAME-ous!’ you will get to step inside PHAME’s doors and connect with our classes and teachers, our inspiration and work, and especially our students – the heart of what we do."

All events in the “Get PHAME-ous!” series are free and open to the public. For more information on “Get PHAME-ous!” call 503-764-9718 or visit PHAME’s website. Spanish language materials available at the events, and braille materials are available with advance notice.


NWDSA notes that World Down
Syndrome Day will be March 21

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is noting that World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed around the world every year on March 21 in recognition of the three copies of chromosome 21 that is present in most people living with Down syndrome. WDSD was first observed in 2006 in many countries around the world, and continues to be a day of celebration, pride and awareness around the globe.

In Portland, the NWDSA has been marking the day with a night out for families and friends since 2011. The organization sees it as a day to share a meal together, bring Down syndrome awareness to the wider community and celebrate the uniqueness of their families. Anyone who wishes to be involved in planning or participating in this year’s event, can visit the NWDSA World Down Syndrome Day webpage to learn more.


Incight’s “Tapping Fresh Talent”
Career Expo will be on April 11

The 2013 Tapping Fresh Talent Career Expo will be on April 11 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Oregon Convention Center's large exhibit hall. Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services are hosting the sixth Tapping Fresh Talent event to link employers with the skills and talents of Oregonians with disabilities and to grow inclusion with businesses needing those talents.

The career inclusion expo is the place for businessse to expand their diversity, interact with the fastest growing minority, improve their retention, recruit job seekers with disabilities, find interns and more. Workshops are scheduled for job seekers in self empowerment to help reduce limiting beliefs which inhibit success, networking to make a difference for employment and starting one's own business. More information for business and attendees is at the Tapping Fresh Talent website.


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 follow its development.

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