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Disability NEWS - June 25, 2013


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June 25, 2013

  • Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night is June 28th at Director Park
  • HLAA opens 2013 national convention in Portland on Thursday
  • Schedule of July Portland Commission on Disability meetings
  • Disability Arts and Culture Project announces community internships
  • Dis/Representation: Reading Into Disability to meet for second time June 27
  • Leadership Academy applications being accepted until July 4th
  • PCOD and CCC co-hosting ADA Anniversary Celebration at City Hall in July
  • Leadership: Passion Action is CCC’s fifth annual fall event on October 16th
  • Nominations are now open for the 2013 Making a Difference Awards
  • Usher Syndrome Family Conference to be July 13 for families and providers
  • Library awarded ALA and StoryCorps grant to record Portlanders’ stories
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night is June 28th at Director Park

Sounds of the World is the theme for the June 28th Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night in Director Park at 815 SW Park Avenue. The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and will highlight stories by artists and performers from Portland’s multi-ethnic communities joining together to celebrate the arts.

This month features Disability Art and Culture Project dancers in performance and the PSU Saudi Arabian students group playing traditional Oud and Darbuka instruments to takethe audience on a journey to the Middle East. The performances start at 6 pm with contemporary Moroccan music by Randa BenAziz, followed by Indonesian spoken word (djatung) by Ronault “Polo” Catalani, local author, Asian Reporter columnist and civil rights lawyer. Michael Martínez, Mexican/American poet and artist from Pacific Northwest of College of Art, will also take the stage to springboard a conversation about race, identity, and belonging.

Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation to support the project. For more information about this event, please visit the Colored Pencils website at


HLAA opens 2013 national convention in Portland on Thursday

The Hearing Loss Association of America is holding its Convention 2013 in Portland from June 27 through 30. All convention sessions will be at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.

The national convention features workshops, demo presentations, an exhibit hall of vendors, several social events and more. There is a special day for veterans with hearing loss that will provide information on assistive technology, successful communication with a spouse or partner and an open forum in which veterans may engage with audiologists and hearing care professionals.

Although online convention registration is closed, the convention organizers welcome on-site registration. The on-site registration form is on the website and may be printed and completed in advance. The exhibit hall is free and open to anyone who wishes to get more information concerning hearing loss from providers and vendors.


July 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 3, 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, July 8, 10 am to 1 pm

1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A


PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee

Thursday, July 18, 4 to 6 p.m.

Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights

Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500


PCoD Employment Subcommittee

Friday, July 26, 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.

Disability Arts and Culture Project announces community internships

Community Outreach/Organizer Internships are being offered by the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) for people who are passionate about disability justice, love the arts, want to talk with people about things that matter, gain work experience in a non-profit organization and learn about intersecting social justice issues.

DACP has four-month, part-time positions that will offer a wealth of networking and learning opportunities , plus a stipend ($400 total, $100 per month). There will also be help for writing or updating resumes and DACP will work with students so they can receive academic credit.

To apply, applicants are asked to please e-mail by Friday, June 28, 2013 with their resume, contact information, two references and a cover letter that addresses how they will fulfill the requirement. If they do not have a resume, applicants can provide information about their past experience communicating with people they do not know, and any experience with the disability or arts community. Anyone needing accommodations to apply for the position, may contact DACP at Please see the full position description at


Dis/Representation: Reading Into Disability meets again on June 27

Join the second meeting of Dis/Representation: Reading Into Disability on June 27th from 6 to 8 pm to discuss fiction and nonfiction readings on disability justice. The in-person discussion will be held in 208 Terrell Hall, Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth Street.

Anyone who would like to participate in real time from their home, by phone or computer, can go to for information on how to access the conversation online. Everyone is welcome to participate.

For June's readings see or join the group on Facebook at


CCC’s Leadership Academy applications being accepted until July 4th

The Connecting Communities Coalition 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 may be submitted until July 4, 2013, and are 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.


PCOD & CCC co-hosting ADA Anniversary Celebration at City Hall in July

The 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be celebrated at Portland’s City Hall on July 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. ADA Moving Forward is the event’s theme and it is being co-hosted by the Portland Commission on Disability and the Connecting Communities Coalition.

Live music will be provided by the ILR Music Collective in the City Hall Courtyard, 1221 SW 4th Ave., along with several invited speakers. Cake and refreshments are planned to be served inside City Hall in the first floor atrium area.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz will open the celebration by reading a proclamation and reporting on her work as a city commissioner regarding the ADA. There are also activities planned for audience participation. ASL interpretation is also scheduled.

The event’s planning committee expects a large turnout to honor the passage of ADA on the anniversary of its signing into law in 1990. Census data indicates that there are currently 58 million persons with disabilities in the U.S. Of these, over 38 million have a severe disability, indicating the ADA’s importance by specifically prohibiting discrimination and mandating equal opportunity for both employment and public services. It has empowered individuals with disabilities and enabled them to take a more active role in society.


‘Leadership: Passion Action’ is CCC’s 5th annual fall event on October 16

Connecting Communities Coalition’s fifth annual event is titled Leadership: Passion to Action and it will be held on October 16 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel. The event will be from 5 to 7:30 pm at 1000 NE Multnomah Street.

The keynote address will be provided by Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick at an evening of food, fun and friends celebrating Portland’s vibrant disability community and all that has been accomplished this year. There will also be performances by the ILR Music Collective and the PHAME Academy. Anyone who wishes to attend may RSVP at the event’s website,, by email, or by calling 503-261-1266.


Nominations are now open for the 2013 Making a Difference Awards

Individuals and groups who make a difference to the Portland disability community are honored annually with the Making a Difference Awards. This year, the awards will be presented at the Connecting Communities Coalition fall event on October 16.

The community is invited to nominate an individual, youth, organization or business that they feel deserves recognition for their service to the disability community. The nominations are now open on the City's Disability Program website. Further details are available on the site, including an online application form or a printable form to submit by mail or fax. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1, 2013.


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.


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.


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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