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Disability NEWS - June 12, 2013

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June 12, 2013

  • Incight’s Live Resume deadline extended to June 14, event is set for June 25

  • Schedule of upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings

  • Library awarded ALA and StoryCorps grant to record Portlanders’ stories

  • Workshops being held for vets with hearing/auditory processing issues

  • Leadership Academy applications being accepted until July 4th

  • Free tinnitus consultations being offered through June in Portland metro area

  • EEOC issues revised publications on employment rights for specific disabilities

  • Manuscript reading/lecture by Catherine J.H. Miller is June 25 in downtown Portland

  • Usher Syndrome Family Conference to be July 13 for families and providers

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

Incight’s Live Resume deadline extended, event is set for June 25

The deadline for Live Resume has been extended to June 14 for job ready individuals to present their experiences and credentials in person to 10-15 employers. Live Resume will be held on June 25th from 7:30 to 9:30 am and selected participants will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to employers. After presentations, there will be 45 minutes for networking.

Participation in Live Resume is a competitive process with 20 openings for job seekers. Interested individuals with disabilities need to submit their resumes and what type of job they are seeking to Calvin Bates at no later than Thursday, June 14.

The resumes and additional information, if requested, will be reviewed and selected candidates will be asked to attend a pre-interview at the Incight office in downtown Portland. Pre-screening interviews will take place June 10-12 and June 18-19. Candidates, who are selected to participate in the actual event, will be expected to attend a practice session also in downtown Portland on Thursday, June 20. The candidates will be informed of the event’s location.

Anyone interested in participating must be available for all three steps of the event, pre-screening interview, practice session and actual event. Please contact Calvin Bates or Tiana Tozer with any questions at or, or phone 971-244-0305.


June 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Steele/Bridge Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500


PCoD Livability and Wellness Subcommittee

Friday, June 14, 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, June 20, 4 to 6 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500


PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, June 28, 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.

Library awarded ALA and StoryCorps grant to record Portlanders’ stories

Everybody has a story and there's an opportunity for people to share their memories and reflections. Multnomah County Library was recently awarded a grant from American Library Association (ALA) and StoryCorps to record and maintain an archive of people’s stories.

The grant provides for equipment that will record the stories of library patrons throughout the summer at Central Library.  These recordings (40 minutes each in length) will be archived (with the storyteller's permission) at the Library of Congress and here at Multnomah County Library.

Each session will take approximately 75 minutes and the library will offer them on Sundays, Tuesday evenings, and Fridays from June through August in Room 2B at the Central Library. Volunteer Services will have facilitators working with patrons to record the stories.

To participate, register online at, search for "StoryCorps" in the library, or call 503-998-5234.


Workshops being held for vets with hearing/auditory processing issues

Hearing Loss Services NW is offering two free workshops for veterans and their families/friends who are affected by hearing loss or auditory processing problems. The one and one-half hour workshops, focusing on coping strategies to overcome communication barriers, will be offered on June 16 in Portland and on June 20 in Vancouver.

The Portland workshop is at 2 pm in the North/South conference room of Good Samaritan Hospital’s first floor, 1040 NW 22nd Avenue. Vancouver participants will meet at 3 pm in Suite 103 at the Southwest Veteran’s Business Resource Center, 3925 NE 72nd Avenue. To register for the free workshop, please contact David Viers at or 360-903-2073 (voice/text) and leave a message.


CCC’s 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 are also engaged as 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 will be 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.


Free tinnitus consultations being offered in Portland area through June

In recognition of National Better Hearing and Speech Month, the American Tinnitus Association is reporting that free tinnitus consultations are being offered during May and June. Sonus Westside will perform the consultations at their three locations in southwest Portland, King City and Lake Oswego. Anyone in the area and in need of a free consultation must contact Sonus directly at


EEOC revises publications on employment rights for specific disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued four revised documents on protection against disability discrimination, as part of the agency's Strategic Plan to provide up-to-date guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws.

The documents address how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. These documents are available on the agency's website at "Disability Discrimination, The Question and Answer Series,"

In plain, easy-to-understand language, the revised documents reflect the changes to the definition of disability made by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) that make it easier to conclude that individuals with a wide range of impairments, including cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities, are protected by the ADA.


Catherine J.H. Miller reading/lecture is June 25 in downtown Portland

Artist Catherine J. H. Miller will read from her manuscript and will lecture about her new book's universally-designed layout on June 25 at the Jack London Bar (in the Rialto) at 529 SW 4th Avenue, downtown Portland. Doors open at 5 pm and the lecture will be from 6 to 7 pm. Please note that attendees must be 21 or older.

Miller's writing charts the provocative crossroads of disability and the fine arts. She writes on works made by people with and without disabilities in fine art, literature and performance, suggesting new ways for us to understand the aura of disability in art and how to talk about it from her perspective as a legally blind artist. Her book holds the potential to create a lasting impact on how art is presented in the gallery and in publications.

An accessible lift located in Rialto Off-Track Betting Bar, so attendees to the June 25 event are advised to arrive early, as the lift may have a line. ASL provided.

This event is made possible through the generous support of a Regional Art and Culture Council (RACC) 2012 Project Grant to Individuals award.


Usher Syndrome Conference to be July 13 for families and providers

The Coalition for Usher Syndrome Research, the Decibels Foundation and Hear See Hope are proud to sponsor the fifth-family focused Usher Syndrome Conference in Portland on Saturday, July 13. The conference is being held at the Embassy Suites Downtown, 319 SW Paine Street, Portland. Families of children and adults with Usher syndrome, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, teachers of deaf-blind, and service providers are invited to learn the latest on the causes, management, and treatments of Usher syndrome.

Usher syndrome is a genetic disorder causing various degrees of congenital hearing loss and deafness, a progressive debilitating vision disorder known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), and in many cases, vestibular dysfunction.  Usher syndrome is the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the western world. Hearing aids and cochlear implants are often successful in addressing hearing loss. To date, no proven therapies exist for RP. This presentation offers talks that emphasize both research and living with Usher syndrome.

For more information and to register visit the Usher Syndrome Family Conference webpage.


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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The Disability NEWS is distributed by the Portland Commission on Disability and the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program.