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Disability NEWS - 10/2/2013

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October 2, 2013

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

  • October Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • City celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2013

  • OODH conducting survey for public input on health assessment in Oregon

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

  • PSU Disability Resource Center schedules White Cane Day Celebration

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

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

  • Incight and City of Portland conducting Meet Business Fair on October 29th

  • 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 this month on the evening of October 16th. The free event is at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street with a keynote address to be 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 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

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, October 17, 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.


City honoring disability employment awareness month for staff/public

The Office of Equity and Human Rights and the Diverse Empowered Employees of Portland (DEEP) are supporting National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October. Activities are planned for City employees to raise awareness of disability employment issues and the varied contributions to America by people with disabilities. Held every October, NDEAM’s 2013 theme is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."

Planned activities include a lunchtime brownbag showing of “Lives Worth Living,” a vivid and moving documentary about the disability civil rights movement. View the trailer for the film at the Independent Television Service’s website, then plan to attend the film on October 23rd, from 1 to 2 pm in the Portland Building’s Room C. It will be a free event for City staff and is also open to the public.

Weekly emails to staff will list October events and celebrations related to people with disabilities, information on historical events and leaders, updates on the Portland Commisson on Disability’s work to improve City employment and services for people with disabilities and DEEP’s involvement to create an employee affinity group for disability awareness.


OODH conducting survey for public input on health assessment

The Oregon Office on Disability & Health (OODH) is asking for input to help improve the health of Oregonians with disabilities. By completing a short and anonymous survey, important information will be gathered to assist OODH and its state partners in learning about the health of people with disabilities in Oregon.

 OODH is requesting the public to help by taking the survey at this link and for participants to share it with their friends, family and others. A report on the survey results will be available on the OODH website in 2014.

 OODH’s mission is to prevent secondary conditions and improve the health and quality of life of Oregonians with disabilities through improved access to health care facilities, public health programs, and effective health promotion and wellness programs. More information about OODH is available on the OODH website.


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

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.


PSU Disability Resource Center schedules White Cane Day Celebration

The Portland State University Disability Resource Center and the American Council of the Blind of Oregon’s Metro Portland Chapter are celebrating White Cane Day on Monday, October 14, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. The event will be outside Smith Memorial Student Union in the PSU Park Blocks. The sponsors are inviting Portlanders to celebrate International White Cane Day one day early.

There will be information about the White Cane Safety Law, driver safety, street crossing and tips for safe pedestrian travel. Canes, dog harnesses and other tools used by people who have low vision or are blind will be available for viewing with information available about the history and meaning of white canes and dog guides. Participants may also bring used eyeglasses and hearing aids for donation.


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.


Incight and City of Portland conducting a Job Fair on October 29th

The City of Portland and Incight will conduct a job fair on October 29th from 9 am to noon on the Portland Building’s second floor at 1120 SW Fifth Avenue.

Workshops on How To Apply will be conducted from 9 am to 1:30 pm in Room B with each one lasting 45 minutes. The workshops will be facilitated by Outreach, Employment and Diversity Resources staff from the Bureau of Human Resources. The training will provide an overview of how to apply for city recruitments and how to create an account on NEOGOV to access for applying.

City bureaus will also be staffing information tables in Room C to address participant’s questions about their work and any job openings that may be available. The bureaus will also provide ten-minute presentations in the Auditorium until noon that provide an overview of their work and types of jobs being performed.


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.