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Disability NEWS - August 20, 2013

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August 20, 2013

  • Make your nominations now for 2013 Making a Difference Awards!

  • September 2013 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

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

  • Explore careers in the software industry at Incight event on August 22 at CCC

  • Disrepresentation Reading Group meets on August 22 online and in-person

  • Ticket to Work Program is Self-Employment Webinar topic on August 28

  • VocRehab professionals invited to NW Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness

  • SAGE LBGT Summit on Aging is set for September 13 at Friendly House

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

  •  “Charting A Course to Empowerment” Workshop set for people with hearing loss

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

Make your nominations now for 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.


September 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 4, 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, September 9, 10 am to 1 pm
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, September 19, 4 to 6 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, September 27, 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.


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.


Explore careers in the software industry at Incight event on August 22

Jobseekers with disabilities, job developers and job coaches are invited to attend Incight’s “Meet Business” event on August 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. The informational and networking event will be at Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Training Center, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E in Wilsonville.

Participants will be introduced to careers in software design, engineering, development and other IT-related jobs in a field that is continually expanding. Job-ready individuals, who want to meet local businesses, work on their networking skills and learn about careers in this industry are invited to attend. Participating companies are WebMD, EIDPassport and Cambia Health.

Parking is available at the site and TriMet also stops frequently at the Wilsonville Training Center. Anyone with questions or an accommodation request may contact Tiana Tozer by phone at 971-244-0305 or email


Disrepresentation Reading Group meets August 22nd online, in-person

Join the upcoming meeting of Disrepresentation Reading Group on August 22nd from 6 to 8 pm to discuss fiction and nonfiction readings on disability justice. The in-person discussion will be held in 112 Terrell Hall, Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth Street. Anyone who cannot make the meeting in person, can participate in real time at home! Go to Discuss Online to find out how.

The Disability Art and Culture Project, Portland Community College Disability Services, GimpGirl Community, and other community partners are providing this disability justice literature project that is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities. Further information on the Disrepresentation Reading Group is available at


Ticket to Work Program is Self-Employment Webinar topic on August 28

The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work program will be hosting a free webinar centering on self-employment through the Ticket program on August 28 from noon to 1 pm. SSA's team of disability benefits experts will present a Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar titled "Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence." This informative session is ideal for people age 18 through 64 who receive disability benefits and are interested in employment. The webinar provides an overview of the Ticket to Work program and will discuss various tools for achieving financial independence through self-employment. Immediately following this webinar, SSA will host a Facebook question and answer session. To register, visit the Work Incentive Seminar website. Please note that times listed on the website will be in Eastern Daylight Time (EST).


Voc Rehab professionals invited to rehabilitation and deafness symposium

Vocational Rehabilitation professionals who serve consumers who are Deaf or have hearing loss are invited to an up-to-the-minute training hosted by Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation from September 9 through 11. The training is in the Sheraton Hotel at the Portland Airport, 8235 NE Airport Way and registration is free. ASL interpreters and CART services will be provided in all sessions, other accommodations may be requested as needed.

The NW Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness is the preeminent conference on Vocational Rehabilitation services and resources for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and Deaf-Blind people. This biennial conference will bring an impressive array of speakers to Portland, touching on many important topics. Hear experts with national perspectives as well as regional authorities, and take advantage of exceptional networking opportunities. For more information, visit the event website at this link.


SAGE LBGT Summit on Aging is set for September 13 at Friendly House

Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) is conducting a Summit on Aging on September 13th at Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Avenue. The summit will be from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and is to introduce the conversation on how to best support elders in the community.

LGBT older adults face challenges as they age that are often overlooked in the LGBT community. The needs are not only complex, but the number of older LGBT individuals is also growing. There are current estimates of at least 1.5 million lesbian, gay and bisexual persons age 65 and older living in the U.S. and this population may double by the year 2030. For more details, information is available on the Friendly House website.


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


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.


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 Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program.