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Disability NEWS - 10/15/2013

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October 15, 2013

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

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • Oregon Disability MegaConference being held in Salem October 16-18

  • City celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2013

  • Guest lecturer Ann Fox speaks at PSU on Representation of Disability in Literature

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

  • Disrepresentation Reading Group meets October 24 in-person and online

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

  • TriMet conducting community forum on fair and equitable transit at IRCO

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

CCC’s 2013 Leadership: Passion to Action event is tomorrow

The Connecting Communities Coalition’s (CCC) fifth annual fall event, entitled “2013 Leadership: Passion to Action,” will be held this month from 5 to 7:30 pm on October 16th. The free event is at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street with City Commissioner Steve Novick providing the keynote address.

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.

Upcoming 2013 Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

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

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, November 4, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

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

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, November 21, 4 to 6 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, November 22, 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.

Oregon Disability MegaConference will be in Salem on October 16-18

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.

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 have provided details on 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.

Ann Fox to speak at PSU on Representation of Disability in Literature

Ann Fox will be the guest lecturer on Sunday, October 20, from 6 to 8 pm and speak on the Representation of Disability in Literature as a project of the Disability Art and Culture Project’s Dis/Representation Social Justice Literature Program. The event will be in PSU’s Shattuck Annex Room 120, 1914 SW Park Avenue.

A professor of English at Davidson College, Dr. Fox will speak on the intersections of identities in Toni Morrison’s novel “Home” with a reception following the lecture and discussion. She specializes in modern and contemporary literature and disabilities studies, and teaches classes on disability in literature, drama and representations of HIV/AIDS. For more information or to ask questions, please email or call 503-238-0723. Information is also available at the Dis/Representation website.

Fourth annual OHSU’s “Night for Networking” coming on October 22nd

The fourth annual OHSU “Night for Networking” is scheduled for October 22 from 6 to 9 pm in the atrium at the Center for Health and Healing, 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.

This 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.

Disrepresentation Reading Group meets October 24 in-person & online

Author Susan Nussbaum will join online this month’s Disrepresentation – Reading into Disability discussion on Thursday, October 24, from 6 to 8 pm. The in-person discussion will be held in PCC Sylvania Library Room 204, 12000 SW 49th Avenue. Anyone who cannot make the meeting in person, can participate in real time at home! Visit the website,, to find out how.

Nussbaum is the author of “Good Kings, Bad Kings,” a powerful novel that invites the reader into the lives of a group of typical teenagers—alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy—except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities.

Dis/Representation is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project, Portland Community College Disability Services and Gimp Girl. The program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant programs.

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

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

Workshops on how to apply for a City of Portland job 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 what types of jobs are being performed in their representive juridictions.

TriMet conducting fair and equitable transit community forum at IRCO

TriMet is conducting a community forum on Tuesday, October 29, for participants to help in shaping future decisions on its service and fares. The forum will start at 6 pm and be held at the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan Street in Portland. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. Attendees who may require interpretation or other communication aids at the meeting, are advised to call 503-802-8200 or TTY 7-1-1 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays) at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

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.

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