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Disability NEWS - 11/8/2013

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November 8, 2013

  • Commissioner Fritz to host ribbon-cutting at USS Oregon Memorial on November 11

  • Upcoming Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • FACT conducting first-ever “Friend-raiser” on November 14, featuring A Thin Red Line

  • HLAA-Portland meets November 18th for persons with hearing loss at Good Sam

  • Incight’s “Live Resume” is for jobseekers with disabilities to network in November

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

USS Oregon Memorial to reopen Veterans Day with improved access

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will join veterans and Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) members on Veterans Day, November 11, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark reopening the USS Oregon Memorial in Portland’s Waterfront Park. The memorial has been closed off during the year while improvements were being made to enhance access to the site that commemorates those who served during World War II.

Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) has completed the project that improved access to and throughout the area with an ADA-accessible ramp and walkways. The new surfaces can be easily used by people with disabilities and serve to increase access to the popular site.

“Without the ramp and accessibility improvements that have been made to the USS Oregon Memorial, I was restricted to seeing it from a distance,” commented Travis Herseim, Army veteran and service officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Oregon. “That forced me to be one of the outside, looking-in people. Now I, and other individuals with disabilities, can get right up to the memorial and be part of regular society. Being included in the things that society takes for granted means a lot to those who can’t take movement and mobility for granted anymore.”

PCOD asked Commissioner Fritz to address the accessibility issues at the memorial when she was assigned to lead PP&R last June. “It was highly meaningful to me that one of my first actions as Parks Commissioner carried on my previous work with the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the Commission on Disability,” said Commissioner Fritz. “We are thankful for Commissioner Fritz’s strong support for this project and pleased with the speed and attention given to this project by the Parks Bureau,” said Joe VanderVeer, Chairman of the Commission on Disability. “We appreciate the participation of the veteran community, as well, in moving this project forward.”

The project work includes an ADA-accessible ramp and walkways on the north and south sides of the memorial, as well as some new landscaping features. Additional signage to improve accessibility for people experiencing visual disabilities will be added before the project is deemed complete. The USS Oregon Memorial is located in Portland Parks & Recreation Waterfront Park between SW Pine and Oak. For more information, call 503-823-5300 or visit 

November Portland Commission on Disability Meetings

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. 

FACT conducting first-ever “Friend-raiser” on November 14

Family and Community Together (FACT) is hosting the "Thin Red Line," a band of five women, at a rockin' Friend-raiser to support =FACT's services that assist families with children experiencing disability. The benefit performance is at the Blue Olive NW, 500 NW 21st Avenue, on November 14 from 6:30 to 9 pm.

The Thin Red Line features Lindsay Benedict for vocals, Celia Murphey on keyboard (also FACT board member), Leru Adams on bass, Sharon LaCroix drumming, and Mary Miele with guitar. More information is available on the FACT website, including a link to register.

Formed in 2002, FACT (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team) is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships. 

HLAA-Portland meets November 18 for persons with hearing loss

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) - Portland Chapter will meet on Monday, November 18, starting at 7 pm, in the Wistar-Morris Room at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. The meeting room is in the main building of the hospital at 1015 NW 22nd Avenue. Chad Ludwig, new president of the Oregon Association of the Deaf, will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting.

The Portland HLAA chapter is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere for people to meet others with hearing loss and learn about issues related to hearing loss. The chapter meetings are real-time captioned and are equipped with a loop system that is used by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils (t-coils). There are also numerous materials related to hearing loss provided at the meeting for attendees, including information on how to become a member of the HLAA. 

Incight’s “Live Resume” is for jobseekers with disabilities to network

Incight is offering a “Live Resume” event on November 21 from 2 to 4 pm and 20 selected participants will have three minutes to verbally present themselves to 10 to 15 employers. After presentations, there will be 45 minutes for networking.

Participation in Live Resume is a competitive process with a limited number openings for job seekers. Interested individuals with disabilities need to submit their resumes and what type of job they are seeking to Tiana Tozer at

The resumes and additional information, if requested, will be reviewed with selected candidates will be asked to attend a pre-interview at the Incight office in downtown Portland. Pre-screening interviews will take place in early November, prior to the event. Candidates, who are selected to participate in the actual event, will be expected to attend a practice session also in downtown Portland on Tuesday, November 19, from 10 am to noon. The candidates will be informed of the event’s location.

Anyone interested in participating must be available for all three steps of the event: pre-screening interview, practice session and actual event. Please contact Tiana Tozer with any questions at, or phone 971-244-0305. 

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 created and distributed by the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights and its Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Disability Program.