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Disability NEWS - September 17, 2013

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September 17, 2013

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

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • BIAOR schedules two fundraising events during September

  • CIC’s 2013 Education & Recruitment Campaign holding events in September

  • 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

  • CLF’s Regional Livability Summit 2013 is October 11 at Portland State University

  • OHSU’s “Night for Networking” is just around the corner on October 22nd

  • Oregon Disability MegaConference being held in Salem October 25-27

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

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

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s (CCC) fifth annual fall event, entitled “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action,” will be held in the evening of October 16th. The free 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. There will be the presentation of the City of Portland’s Making a Difference Awards and a look at CCC’s 2012 projects. Attendees can meet community members and organizations and also take time to explore the sponsor fair. 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.

Connecting Communities is also looking for volunteers to help with the event. Anyone who is interested in volunteering or would like to know more about the roles available for volunteers may email or call 503-261-1266.


Upcoming 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

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

PCoD Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Johns Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting

Friday, October 11, 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, October 14, 10 am to 1 pm
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PLEASE NOTE: All Portland Commission on Disability
meetings and events are open to the public.

BIAOR schedules two fundraising events during September

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) is holding two fundraisers in September with proceeds to benefit BIAOR. An Ice Cream Awareness Event is scheduled on September 20th with a Poker Rally set for September 29th.

The Ice Cream Awareness Event will be from 5 to 10:30 pm 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.

Put on your best poker face for the Poker Rally, which has registration and sign-in at 11 am with the ride starting at 1 pm. All riders should be back by 4 pm at McMenamin’s Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.  The 35-mile course starts and ends at the Grand Lodge where the best five out of seven poker hands will win $500 for first prize. Registration and information is available online at or on site.

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.

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.

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 through 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

CLF’s Regional Livability Summit 2013 is October 11 at PSU

Equity in Action: Map to a Healthy Future is the theme of the Regional Livability Summit 2013 to be held Friday, October 11, at Portland State University (PSU). The summit is from 8:30 am to 5 pm in PSU’s Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway Avenue in downtown Portland. It is an annual gathering of local leaders and community members, including leaders from community-based organizations, students, government, and elected officials.

This summit will be the first opportunity to use the findings from the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 Project to initiate dialogue around substantial equitable change.  Using maps as a foundation, the Summit will provide analyses on key issues and discuss strategies designed to strengthen equity policies and practices in the public sector. Visit the event page for further information and registration.

OHSU’s “Night for Networking” is just around the corner on October 22

The fourth annual OHSU “Night for Networking” is scheduled for October 22 from 6 to 9 pm in the Center for Health and Healing’s atrium, 3303 SW Bond Avenue. This successful networking event is in the South Waterfront area and offers an opportunity to meet and connect between business and talent, highlighting people with disabilities.

The free event provides the chance to discuss and explore employment, recruitment, workplaces, market and diversity by bringing together individuals with disabilities, the OHSU community, event sponsors, local businesses, government and supporting affiliates. It will highlight people with disabilities who provide a skilled and talented pool of professionals, customers, entrepreneurs and valuable employees. Further Night for Networking information, including registration, is available at the event’s website.

Oregon Disability MegaConference being held in Salem October 25-27

The Oregon Disability MegaConference will be held October 16 through 18 at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St SE in downtown Salem. Transition from school to inclusion in one’s community will be the theme for the October 16th Pre-Conference Day. The remaining days of the MegaConference will be devoted to lifelong transitions.

The MegaConference is a coalition of disability organizations joining together to develop the only statewide disability mega conference in Oregon. This is a cross-disability event that brings together people with disabilities, families, organizations, agencies, professionals, and service providers to learn from each other as well as encourage a statewide dialogue on important shared issues. Up-to-date information is available on the MegaConference website.

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

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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.