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Disability NEWS -- May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

  • Oregon Office on Disability & Health conducts “Pulse of Oregon” survey

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings in May

  • Journeys Art Festival to benefit Sisters of the Road will be on May 18th

  • Leadership Academy applications being accepted until July 4th

  • Oregon Commission for the Blind hosting presentation on guide dogs

  • HUD reminds providers that Fair Housing Act and ADA allows service animals

  • Hearing Loss Association of America, Portland chapter meets May 21st

  • CVAA rules implemented to improve television access for people with disabilities

  • FACT’s Preparing for Life after School is May 30th in Portland

  • Get your free 2013 Consumer Action Handbook to know your rights

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

Oregon Office on Disability & Health
conducts “Pulse of Oregon” survey

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) has created a survey to understand what people with disabilities think about disability issues and policy. During the first year of this project, the office is developing a strategic plan to focus on disability and health in Oregon. The survey may be accessed on the OODH website by clicking the survey link.

Participants in the survey will be providing important information to assist OODH in the development of this plan and help to form the background for future funding for disability and health. A report reflecting what is collected in the survey will be made available on the office’s website,

OODH’s mission is to prevent secondary conditions and improve the health and quality of life for Oregonians with disabilities through improved access to health care facilities, public health programs. and effective health promotion and wellness programs.

May 2013 Portland Commission
on Disability Meetings

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 Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee

Monday, May 13, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

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

PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, May 24, 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.

Journeys Art Festival to benefit
Sisters Of The Road on May 18th

Journeys Art Festival, a benefit for Sisters Of The Road, will take place on May 18 at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Avenue, from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be spectacular art at the festival and an opportunity to learn together about the connections between social justice and creativity. 

Keynote speakers include author, playwright and journalist S. Renee Mitchell and Sisters Of The Road’s award-winning Executive Director Monica Beemer.

Artists from the Oregon Women’s Caucus for Art, Geezer Gallery, members of the Sisters Of The Road community, Open Door Gallery and others will display and sell their handmade artwork. All the artists are generously donating 40 percent of the proceeds of their sales to Sisters Of The Road.

Leadership Academy applications
being accepted until July 4th

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s Leadership Academy is still accepting applications for its eight-week program. The new 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 and outside the Portland area.

The course is focusing 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.

Providers reminded that Fair Housing
Act & ADA allows service animals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a “Notice on Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities in Housing and HUD-Funded Programs” to housing providers. The Notice explains housing providers’ obligation under the Fair Housing Act to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who require assistance animals. The Notice also explains the revised definition of service animals according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pet restrictions cannot be used to deny or limit housing to people with disabilities who require the use of an assistance animal because of their disability.

Oregon Commission for the Blind
hosting presentation on guide dogs

The Oregon Commission for the Blind is hosting representatives and alumni from different guide dog schools on May 20. There will be a presentation that includes an introduction and short presentation by each school.

The schools being represented are Leader Dogs, Seeing Eye, Guide Dogs of the Desert and Guide Dogs of America. Each school will have a table where there will be information and people may have their questions answered. For more information, contact Michael Yamada (COMS), certified orientation and mobility instructor, at 971-673-1588.

Hearing Loss Association of America,
Portland Chapter meets May 21st

Portland’s chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of Portland will meet May 21st at 7 pm in the North-South Conference Room (Room 164) in Legacy Good Samaritan’s Building 2, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue. Two audiologists, Barbara Harris and Marsha Owen, are scheduled to present a program on communication skills. Since HLA-Portland does not hold monthly meetings during the three summer months, these will be the last meeting until September 17th when the organization’s nine-month schedule resumes.

CVAA rules implemented April 8th to improve television access

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules on April 8th to implement the Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) that will make televised emergency information more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Under the new rules, emergency information that is provided visually during a non-news program – such as through an on-screen text crawl – must be provided audibly on a secondary audio stream. Current rules require such on-screen text crawls to be accompanied by an aural tone, which alerts individuals to find another source, such as a radio, for information about an emergency.

In addition, the FCC adopted rules to ensure that certain equipment used to play back, receive, or record television programs is able to make secondary audio streams available. In addition to conveying audible emergency information, secondary audio streams also convey video descriptions that make programs accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The new rules go into effect two years after publication in the Federal Register.

In addition to adopting the new rules, the FCC is asking the public to comment on several related issues. Read more about the news by clicking the FCC link.

FACT’s Preparing for Life after School
is scheduled for May 30th in Portland

The Preparing for Life after School conference will be May 30th from 9 am to 3 pm. This event, for parents and professionals, will be at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The day’s presentations include: “Great Expectations” keynote by Debra McLean, Intro to Adult Services Adult panel presentation, It Started with an Expectation-Stories of Success, and Resources and Partners along the Journey.

While the training is focused on families, professionals who work with youth experiencing disability are very welcome to attend. To find out more, register and download a flyer, go to the Great Expectations! website.

Get your free 2013 Consumer Action
Handbook to know your legal rights

The Consumer Action Handbook is a go-to guide for practical information to help plan a purchase, know your consumer's rights, and file a consumer complaint. The Handbook features new content in areas that matter, such as banking, housing, and protecting one's privacy, as well as tips to alert consumers of the latest frauds and scams.

Use the updated Consumer Assistance Directory to contact corporate consumer affairs departments, national consumer organizations, and  local, state, and federal government offices. The Handbook also includes a sample complaint letter for use when there is a need to file a complaint about a product.

Order free copies of the Handbook or the Spanish language version, Guía del Consumidor. Those who prefer an electronic version, can download the PDF or try the new interactive version, with links to related videos and downloadable resources.

Visit Disability Program Facebook
page for news, info, 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.

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, Program Specialist for the Portland Commission on Disability, at 503-823-4432 by phone or email

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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.