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Disability NEWS - August 7, 2013

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August 7, 2013

  • PCOD and CCC thank the community for outstanding turnout at ADA event
  • August 2013 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule
  • ILR’s 2nd Annual Art Exhibit sets August 16 deadline for submissions
  • FACT offers summer activities for family fun with community partners
  • Free workshop on August 21 by SBA on outreach in the community
  • Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp “Walk, Roll or Stroll” benefit is September 21st
  • Microagressions Orientation provided at newcomers to Race Talk series August 13
  • “Charting A Course to Empowerment” Workshop set for people with hearing loss
  • Mark your calendar now for CCC’s 2013 Leadership: Passion to Action event on October 16
  • Nominations are open for the 2013 Making a Difference Awards
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news


PCOD and CCC thank the community for great turnout at ADA event

The Portland Commission on Disability and the Connecting Communities Coalition thank everyone who attended and participated in July 26th’s ADA: Moving Forward celebration. The event had over 100 persons participating and representing a diverse group of Portlanders.

The two organizations also thank all the guest speakers: Polo, Barbara Dirks, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Alan Dela Torre, John Waldo and Shoshanah Oppenheim. They sincerely express their appreciation for the outstanding music provided by Camilla Rose and the ILR Music Collective, who entertained event attendees outside in City Hall’s Courtyard.

To follow up on the event and know more for future celebrations, attendees may help by filling out a short eight question survey to let the event organizers know what people thought of the celebration. The survey is available at this link. Again, the organizations thank everyone who attended with an additional thanks to all who take a few moment to complete the survey.


August 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, August 9, 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 Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, August 12, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A


PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, August 15, 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.


ILR’s 2nd Annual Art Exhibit sets August 16 deadline for submissions

Independent Living Resources (ILR) is requesting artists to share their work for exhibition at its ILR’s annual “A Roll In The Park” street fair on September 27th. The second annual “Roll in the Park Art Exhibition” is ILR’s mission to build awareness through the sharing of art from the disability community and to create opportunities for independence by providing a business possibility through the selling of artwork.

To create diversity in artist and artistic styles, the ILR selection committee will include three members of the disability community and two active equity community advocates. Artists may apply for the event by clicking this weblink. There will also be an Artist Open Call on Friday, August 16, from 1 to 3 pm at ILR, 1839 NE Couch Street. Please note that applications may not be submitted later than August 16th.

More information is also available by contacting Sarah Gerth at or Barbara Dirks at


FACT offering numerous summer activities for family fun in August

Family and Community Together (FACT) is offering several fun summer activities for families during August. FACT is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships. More information is available at Fact’s website,

Portland’s amazing, all accessible playground, Harper’s Playground, will be the site of the First Annual Family Play Day on Saturday, August 17. Everyone is invited to come and play at a celebration of community, inclusion and play. The fun activities for families include face painting, a Burgerville food cart, bubbles, balloons, sports opportunities for everyone, local resource vendors and live music. Harper’s Playground is at Arbor Lodge Park, 6825 N Delaware Avenue.

Wilson Pool at 1151 SW Vermont Street is the location for FACT’s Family Swim Day on Sunday, August 25, from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Lifeguards and flotation devices are provided. The pool is zero depth to 3 ½ feet with slides and a lazy river. There is also a water wheel chair to help make it fully accessible. Tables will be set up outside on the patio at 5:30 pm for those who want to bring their own dinners and eat together before the swim time begins! (FACT will provide beverages.)


Free workshop on August 21 by SBA on outreach in the community

The Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) is providing a free workshop about how the Small Business Administration (SBA) conducts outreach in diverse & underserved communities on Wednesday, August 21. Participants can expand their outreach toolbox as the Small Business Administration shares its experiences and nuts & bolts strategies for outreach with diverse and underserved populations.

The workshop is Wednesday, August 21, from noon to 1:30 pm. It will be held in the boardroom of the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. Interpreters will be provided if requested by Wednesday, August 14.

SBA is a federal agency that provides loans, entrepreneurial development, government contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA's presentation will cover its most successful practices, lessons learned, and tools used to conduct successful outreach. Networking will follow.


Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp “Walk, Roll or Stroll” benefit is September 21st

The Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp’s (MHKC) sixth annual Walk, Roll or Stroll benefit will be Saturday, September 21, in Willamette Park at SW Macadam Avenue and Nebraska Street. Those interested are encouraged to register now and may find out more by visiting the MHKC website at

For nearly 80 years, MHKC has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to provide individuals with disabilities an outstanding overnight recreational opportunity in the Mt. Hood National Forest. One of the largest programs of its kind in the United States, each season the MHKC offers a unique opportunity for more than 500 campers ages 9 to 35 to experience the outdoors in its fully accessible 22-acre campsite. Despite cognitive, developmental or physical disabilities that include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Traumatic brain injury, and Cerebral palsy, the campers enjoy recreational activities adapted to their special needs -- adventure courses, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, cookouts, arts and crafts, swimming, dances, and river rafting


Microagressions Orientation provided at Newcomers to Race Talk series

“Microaggressions: Small Things Can Hurt” is the topic of a orientation for newcomers to the Race Talks series on Tuesday, August 13, from 7 to 9 pm. The presentations will be held at McMenamins Kennedy School Gymnasium, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue.

The doors open at 6 pm with presentations provided by Cat Goughnour, community health organizer and educator Katrina Brown, starting at 7 pm. Following the presentations, there will small group facilitations by trained volunteers from Uniting to Understand Racism and Resolutions Northwest. Further information is available at this website.


Empowerment Workshop scheduled for people with hearing loss

“Charting a Course to Empowerment” is a workshop being held on September 21 by the Hearing Loss Association of Oregon to help people with hearing loss navigate life through self-advocacy and technology. The workshop is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in the Community Health Education Center of the Salem Hospital, 939 Street SE in Salem.

The keynote speaker is Juliette Sterkens, AuD, who is the national director for Loop America. She recently participated with a presentation at the Hearing Loss Association of America 2013 Convention in Portland.

Registration is necessary as seating is limited. There is a $15 workshop fee that includes beverages and lunch. To register for the workshop, download the event flyer at this link, and follow the registration instructions.


Mark calendar now for the fall 2013 Leadership: Passion to Action event

Connecting Communities Coalition is urging everyone to mark their calendar now for its annual fall event on October 16th. “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action” is the theme of the fifth annual celebration of Portland’s vibrant disability community and all that is accomplished during the year.

The event will be at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel and features a keynote address given by Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick. There will the 2013 Making a Difference Awards, and performances by the PHAME Academy and the ILR Music Collective, along with many other attractions. Anyone who wishes to intend, may RSVP at this website.


Send your nominations now 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, “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action,” 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.


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.

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

Please note: This information may also provided in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats. Please use the contact information above to make your request for an alternative format.

The Disability NEWS is distributed by the Portland Commission on Disability and the City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights.