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Disability NEWS - December 9, 2013

December 13th Disability NEWS


December 9, 2013

  • Common Core State Standards is topic at FACT’s forum on December 10
  • December Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule
  • Portland Commission on Disability celebrating equity work at potluck on Friday
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon schedules two events during the holidays
  • Holiday Gift Fair on December 14th with arts products from disability community
  • Survey for family or staff who support people with intellectual disability is online
  • Jan introduces Just-in-Time Training Module for Ergonomics in the Workplace
  • Visit the City’s and PCOD’s Facebook pages for current postings and news

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is FACT forum topic tomorrow

Family and Community Together (FACT), in collaboration with Portland Public Schools (PPS), is conducting a forum to learn about the complex and often misunderstood topic of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and what it looks like for students receiving special education. The forum is Tuesday, December 10, from 7 to 9 pm, at the PPS's Blanchard Education Center, 501 N Dixon.

The intent of this forum is to provide information and to give parents and professionals a better understanding of implementation of CCSS, an introduction to standards-based IEP goals, and the new Smarter Balance assessment. Understanding these changes is preparation to support a student with his/her next Individualized Education Program (IEP) and in preparation for future assessments. Read more about the forum on the event’s webpage.

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.

December Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, December 13, 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 Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
and PCoD Employment Subcommittee

No December meetings,
Both Subcommittees will meet next month.
See PCOD calendar at

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

PCOD Public Outreach & Awareness group holding potluck on Dec. 13

PCOD’s Public Outreach and Awareness (POA) Committee is not conducting a committee meeting in December, but is hosting a potluck on December 13th, immediately after the full commission meeting. The event is scheduled from 1 to 3 pm in the Steele/Bridge Rooms at the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), 421 SW 6th Avenue, fifth floor.

Attendees are invited to bring food or beverages (non-alcoholic only) to share with others. The invitation is to come, eat and speak with advocates and members from the diverse networks of disability and equity in Portland and beyond.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the POA committee will be January 16th from 4 to 6 pm in the Broadway room at OEHR.

Holiday Gift Fair on December 14th with arts products from artists with disabilities

The Great Gifts Holiday Fair will be Saturday, December 14th, and feature art, music, crafts and literature products created by local entrepreneurs with disabilities. The fair is from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in Tabor Space's Dining Hall at 5441 SE Belmont Street.

Attendees will experience and partake in live entertainment, jewelry, cds, handmade beads, calendars, wood carvings, cards and other creative goods. Performer Camilla Rose will be providing live music that ranges from Western to folk to her own original creations. Some may remember she was featured this summer at the ADA Celebration held at City Hall. More information is available on the event's Facebook page.

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon schedules two events during holidays

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR) has scheduled two events in December: A holiday party for December 6 and its second annual Ice Cream Awareness Event on December 14. The party will be at John’s Incredible Pizza, 9180 SE Hall Boulevard in Beaverton, from 6 to 8 pm with a cost of $15 person. The Ice Cream Awareness Event is slated to be at Goody’s of Beaverton, 14700 SW Murray Scholls Drive, Suite 102, in Beaverton from 2:30 to 10:30 pm, with 10 percent of the sales donated to BIAOR.

The mission of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, advocacy, education, research, and support. To find out more about BIAOR or to sign up for the holiday party, visit online at or call 800-544-5243.

Survey for those who support people with intellectual disability online

The Arc, a national nonprofit organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is seeking to find out more about caregiver views of the health status of the people with intellectual disability for whom they provide care as part of Arc’s HealthMeet project.  This project aims to help identify and reduce health disparities among people with intellectual disability. The survey is available online at this link.

This survey has two goals. First, the survey can be used as a checklist to help participants evaluate any "red flag" health concerns that they may have about the person for whom they provide care. This checklist should not be used in place of seeing a doctor when there are concerns.

Second, the concerns that are identified and the information provided will be used to find out more about caregivers and health concerns that impact people with intellectual disability.

The information provided in this survey is confidential and will never be used to identify someone specifically.  Participants will have the opportunity to provide contact information if they choose to do so.  This information will only be used to send accessible health resources to participants.

If anyone has questions about this survey, please contact Jennifer Sladen at  To find out more about The Arc, its HealthMeet project, and its work to serve people with intellectual disability and their families, visit

Jan introduces Just-in-Time Training Module for Workplace Ergonomics

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has developed a Just-in-Time Module Training Series. Found at JAN's Multimedia Training Microsite, these modules may be used in group training or by individuals, and can easily be incorporated into larger training events.

The latest module is on Ergonomics in the Workplace. Ergonomics is the process of fitting a job to a particular individual. Implementing appropriate ergonomic principles can help employers satisfy their accommodation obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), help employers limit their workers' compensation costs, and create a safe, inclusive workspace. The training module includes a webcast, and downloadable accessible handouts and transcript.

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. Recently, the PCOD Facebook provided news on New York City’s agreement to make half of its taxi fleet accessible, the importance of inclusive access to water and sanitation, controlling a wheelchair with a tongue stud and clearing up the mystery about the rise in Social Security disability claims.

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