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Disability NEWS - December 23, 2013

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December 23, 2013

  • Legislative Advocacy Panel rescheduled for January 14th in Portland Building

  • January 2014 Portland Commission on Disability meetings schedule

  • FACT hosts Kathie Snow to present on raising a child with a disability

  • New report is out that federal government is hiring more people with disabilities

  • 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

Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel rescheduled for January 14th

The “Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel – Get Ready for the 2014 State Legislative Session” meeting has been rescheduled for January 14 from 6 to 8 pm in the Portland Buildings’ second floor auditorium. The event will preview the 2014 state legislative session and provide attendees with tips on how to be an effective advocate in the community or neighborhood. The previously scheduled meeting on December 10th was cancelled due to the widespread electrical outage in downtown Portland.

A panel of state legislators will share their tips on being an effective advocate and take questions about how the community can impact public policy during the upcoming state legislative session. State representatives Lew Frederick and Jessica Vega Pederson, Ty Schwoeffermann of the Urban League, and Abby Tibbs, district director for Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, will be on the panel.

For more information on the panel event, please visit the event’s website at this link.

January 2014 Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

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

PCoD Accessibility in the Built Environment Subcommittee
Monday, January 13, 10 am to 1 pm
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A

PCoD Public Outreach and Awareness Subcommittee
Thursday, January 16, 4 to 6 p.m.
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

PCoD Employment Subcommittee
Friday, January 24, 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 sponsors Kathie Snow to present on raising a child with a disability

The FACT Family Network is hosting Kathy Snow’s presentation of “Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities” ON Thursday, January 23. There are two sessions, one at lunch and one in the evening, at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the Vey Conference Room. The lunch session is from 11 am to 1 pm and the evening session will be from 6 to 8 pm.

Since the way people think drives the way they act, Kathie believes real change can only occur if people first acquire new attitudes and perceptions about individuals with disabilities. Kathie is the parent of two young adults, one of whom has a disability diagnosis. She combines her earlier career in the media with personal experiences in the disability arena to ignite positive and long-lasting change.

Kathie also believes the inclusion of people with disabilities can best be accomplished when they move from clienthood to citizenship, and replace traditional "special" and segregated services with assistance from the abundant supply of natural supports and generic services that exist in every community. For more information about the event and registration information, please visit the event website.

New report is out that feds are hiring more people with disabilities

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, people with disabilities were hired at a higher percentage than at any point in the past 32 years. Additionally, people with targeted disabilities were hired at a higher percentage than at any time in the past 17 years. This success has also led to more people with disabilities serving in federal service than at any time in the past 32 years.

“People with disabilities are a vital part of the federal workforce, as we are better able to serve the American people because of the talents and experience they bring to the table.” said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta. “Since President Obama issued his executive order in 2010, we’ve made substantial progress in hiring and retaining people with disabilities over the past three years.”

According to the “Employing People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch” report, in FY 2012, federal employees with disabilities represented 11.89 percent of the overall workforce, including veterans who are 30 percent or more disabled. 16.31 percent of new hires in FY 2012 were people with disabilities (up from 14.65 percent in FY 2011). To view the report, visit this web link.

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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