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Disability NEWS - September 4, 2013


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September 4, 2013

  • ADA: Moving Forward celebration can be seen on cable-access channels this month
  • September 2013 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule
  • CCC’s 2013 Leadership: Passion to Action event will be October 16
  • Cover Oregon accepting applications for Health Plan Quality Metrics Workgroup
  • NWDSA hosting gross motor skill development for children with Down syndrome
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon holding September 20 fundraising event
  • CIC’s 2013 Education & Recruitment Campaign holding events in September
  • 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
  • ILR’s “Roll In The Park” street fair and art exhibit is September 27th
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

ADA: Moving Forward can be viewed on cable-access this month

Anyone who missed the July 26th ADA: Moving Forward celebration has an opportunity to view it on cable-access channels in September. The well-attended celebration featured live music, speakers, audience participation and networking opportunities as the Portland disability community celebrated the Americans with Disabilities Act’s 23rd anniversary of passage. The broadcasts begin on September 10th at 2 pm on Channel 23. For the complete list of six broadcasts, visit this link at the Portland Commission on Disability Facebook page.


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.


CCC’s 2013 Leadership: Passion to Action event will be October 16

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s (CCC) fifth annual fall event is entitled “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action” and will held in the evening on October 16. The event will be at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street with a keynote address given by City Commissioner Steve Novick.

For the fifth year in a row CCC will host a night of food, fun and friends in celebration of Portland’s vibrant disability community and all they have accomplished this year. Performances will be by the PHAME Academy and the ILR Music Collective! Anyone wishing to attend is requested to RSVP at or call 503-261-1266.


Cover Oregon seeks apps for its healthplan quality metrics workgroup

Cover Oregon is inviting interested persons to apply to be a member of the Health Plan Quality Metrics Workgroup. The workgroup, created by the Oregon State Legislature, will recommend health plan quality measures for use by Cover Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board, and the Public Employees’ Benefit Board. Workgroup members will work with representatives from these organizations to research, evaluate, and deliver recommendations on an aggressive timeline. The group convenes in the fall and will meet on a monthly basis through May 2014.

Cover Oregon is looking for members with any of the following qualifications: expertise in health care research or health care quality measures, or is a representative of an insurer, health care consumers or a self-insured large employer. For more information, and to apply, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 6.


NWDSA hosting gross motor skill development session on September 7

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association is hosting “Let’s Move! Gross Motor Development in the Early Years” on Saturday, September 7. The free session is from 8:45 am to 1 pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1700 NE 132nd Avenue in Portland. The focus for this session will be gross motor skill development for children with Down syndrome in the birth to five age population.

Physical Therapists Peggy Donovan and Annette Sabater will share information about gross motor development with lots of show and tell. This will be an interactive and informative session to learn how to support a young child with Down syndrome.

Please RSVP before September 4th by clicking this link. Indicate number of adults, how many children for childcare (and names and ages), any language or other accommodations needed, and your phone number.  Childcare may fill up so please register early. Questions? Call the NWDSA office (503) 238-0522 or email Janine Paschal,


Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon holding September 20 fundraising event

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) is holding its first annual “Ice Cream Awareness Event” on Friday, September 20th, from 5 to 10:30 pm. It will be at Goody’s of Beaverton, 14700 SW Murray Scholls Drive, Suite 102.

Fifteen percent of the sales will be donated to BIAOR, which is the only statewide 501(c)(3), not-for-profit association dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.


CIC’s 2013 Education & Recruitment Campaign holding events

Multnomah County’s Citizen Involvement Committee (CIC) will be in the community during September to discuss how people can volunteer and provide input into county decision-making. The committee encourages anyone interested to visit them during the 2013 education and recruitment campaign being held at locations throughout the county.

Since this program began, the CIC has had conversations with over 600 people at 32 events. In addition, over 270 people have requested more information about county programs and volunteer opportunities, which has led to the recruitment of many new people for county advisory committees and other volunteer programs. For more information about the CIC and dates for the seven September meetings, visit the CIC website.


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 Friendly House website.


Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp “Walk, Roll or Stroll” benefit is this month

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.


ILR’s “Roll In The Park” street fair and art exhibit is September 27th

Independent Living Resources (ILR) will conduct its “A Roll in the Park” street fair from 11 am to 2 pm at 1839 NE Couch Street on September 27th. Join this festive celebration of entertainment, food, arts & crafts, art show and informational booths while celebrating the abilities of all people with disabilities.

Community agencies are invited to participate and help ILR highlight individuals with disabilities and the wide variety of resources promoting access, inclusion and awareness in the community. More information about this event is available by contacting Sarah Gerth at


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.