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Disability NEWS - 4/25/2013

April 25, 2013

  • Connecting Communities announces Leadership Academy is accepting applications
  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings in April and May
  • April 26th Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council event is Changing History
  • FACT is hosting its Family Network Resource Fair on April 27
  • DACP presents the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company May 3rd
  • Health Share of Oregon holding advisory council meeting in downtown Portland
  • PCOD reports successful networking event, other work/projects in progress
  • Attend Free American Diabetes Association Expo for latest info and resources
  • RACE TALKS 2 moves to Jefferson High School for May 7th event
  • NCWD/Youth releases Youth in Action! tip sheets for young people
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Leadership Academy launched,
applications being accepted until July 4

The Connecting Communities Coalition (CCC) has announced The Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for its eight-week program. CCC’s newest education program will take 15 students through an intensive leadership course to build leadership skills, public speaking skills and help connect participants with mentors, advocates, businesses and organizations in the Portland area and beyond.

The course will focus on different aspects of leadership with guest speakers who are empowering and advocates for disability rights. Each student will be working individually with a mentor assigned to them at the start of the program. There will be a graduation ceremony in September, followed by recognition of the participants at the CCC annual event on October 16.

Applications are now open until July 4, 2013, and may be found on the CCC Leadership Academy website. Classes are scheduled to be held at the Portland Business Alliance office, 200 SW Market Street in Portland, from 6 to 8 pm, every Tuesday, August 6 through September 24.


Upcoming Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

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

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

St. Johns Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, May 13, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Friday, May 10, 1 to 3 pm

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

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, May 16, 4 to 6 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.


April 26 Colored Pencils Art & Culture
Council event is Changing History

Changing History is the theme of the April 26th Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council event. The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the New Columbia Community Education Center, 4625 N Trenton. The first hour is a community gathering with traditional food provided by a vendor. The remainder will consist of presentations and multi-ethnic performances.

The cuisine featured is Eastern Ethiopian provided by Asha Gebibo members of Janus Youth’s Village Gardens program. Artists will provide dance, book readings, music, song and storytelling. Loving elders will be honored, neighbors will have their birthdays celebrated and the party will end with a Salsa Dancing Party. Learn more about Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council and the Changing History event at


FACT is hosting Family Network
Resource Fair on April 27th

Family and Community Together (FACT) is hosting a disability resource fair aimed at families and caregivers on Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 3 pm at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Avenue. The information provided will be useful for those who reside in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, but everyone is welcome to attend.

The free resource fair is a family-friendly event where there will be tons of information available from over 40 exhibitors. For more information and a downloadable flyer, visit FACT’s event webpage. FACT is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disability, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems and attitudes through family support, advocacy and partnerships.


DACP presents the Inclusive Arts
Vibe Dance Company May 3-5

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) is presenting the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company on May 3rd through 5th with their performance of “Home/Unrestrained.” The performances will be held at Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont Avenue. May 3rd will feature a matinee and dance jam from 10:30 am to noon. Audio description will be provided on May 4th with a 7 to 8 pm performance and ASL interpretation will be available at the May 5th performance, held from 2 to 3 pm. More information may be found on DACP’s event webpage.


Health Share of Oregon holding
advisory council meeting in Portland

The public is welcome to attend an open session of Health Share of Oregon’s Community Advisory Council meeting, beginning at 12 noon on Friday, May 3, at CareOregon’s office, 315 SW 5th Avenue. A public comment session at 12:30 pm will proceed the open session at 1 pm. Sign-up for the public comment session is from 12 noon to 12:30 pm.

The Council will hear updates from the Community Health Needs Assessment Committee and the Mental Health & Addictions Committee. Other agenda items include an update from Health Share CEO Janet Meyer and a discussion of the Coordinated Care Organization’s member handbook.


PCOD reports successful networking
event, other work in progress

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) reports that its Public Outreach and Awareness subcommittee hosted another successful networking event on April 18. The second Networking Evening with the Commission in downtown Portland had approximately 20 persons in attendance, including a number of Commission members who spoke with attendees about the Commission and its work.

The Commission’s Accessibility in the Built Environment (ABE) subcommittee has also received a report that Portland Parks and Recreation has assigned a staff member to address the accessibility concerns about the Veterans War Memorial in Waterfront Park. Several veterans spoke on this issue at the March ABE meeting with bureau staff in attendance. The recent information noted that a plan with blueprints has been created that would make the site of the Battleship Oregon mast accessible. Due to funding issues, there may be a delay unless some alternate funds may be obtained.

The Commission also held its April meeting and approved two new members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Kristi Jamison and David Viers will join PCOD and begin serving their three-year terms as Commission members. Jamison brings her experience as an advocate and representative in the mental health field, while Viers has a background and experience in advocacy and work addressing the issues faced by the Deaf and persons with hearing loss.

The Commission’s subcommittees have been engaged by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to provide input regarding people with disabilities and their concerns in the Portland Comprehensive Plan. The Comp Plan is a long-range, 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city with updates that are mandated by the State of Oregon. Community members who wish to participate and provide input on the Plan are welcome to attend subcommittee meetings. A list of the meetings is provided in this issue of the Disability NEWS.


Attend Free American Diabetes
Association Expo for info and resources

The Amercian Diabetes Association is staging a free expo on May 4th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Oregon Convention Center. The expo features health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts to talk about diabetes management and prevention. Attendees can get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep them and their family healthy. Learn more about the expo and register at the event website.


RACE TALKS 2 moves to Jefferson
High School for May 7th event

The free series, RACE TALKS 2, has moved to Jefferson High School’s cafeteria for its May 7th event that will discuss “The African American Experience in Oregon.” The location is at 5210 N Kerby Avenue, between N Killingsworth and Alberta. RACE TALKS 2 is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month.

RACE TALKS 2 is an off-shoot of the highly acclaimed RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, An Opportunity for Dialogue, which is entering its third year. RACE TALKS is held at McMenamins Kennedy School on the second Tuesday of the month. RACE TALKS 2 was developed due to growing needs of the community and public demand. It will feature the same program topics that were held in year one of RACE TALKS: an introduction to the diverse Communities of Color in Portland.  Donna Maxey is the founder and director of RACE TALKS.


NCWD/Youth releases Youth in
Action! tip sheets for young people

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability’s Youth Development program has developed a series of “Youth in Action!” tip sheets aimed at helping youth learn and think about important transition issues. The work was performed in conjunction with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

The tip sheets include topics of Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate; Leading Your Transition Planning; Learning Disability History; Getting Involved in Volunteering; Serving on Decision-Making Boards; and Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences. While these tip sheets are designed for youth to read and use, they are also helpful tools for family members, educators, and youth service professionals to use in discussions with youth. See a list of all "Youth in Action!" tip sheets on NCWD/Youth's Youth Development web page under "Publications."


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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