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Disability NEWS – January 6, 2016

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January 6, 2016

In this issue…

  • DRO announces landmark settlement with state on sheltered workshops
  • January Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • Turn on the Captioning information posted on advocacy group website
  • Incight conducting two January workshops for jobseekers with disabilities
  • MULTCO’s Aging and Disability Services provides guide for Medicaid transport info
  • HLAA-Portland providing information for movie goers on captioned films
  • “How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” event is January 28
  • OTAP presents an Assistive Technology Conference February 8-9
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings 

DRO announces landmark settlement with state on sheltered workshops

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) has announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon approved a settlement agreement between the Justice Department, a class of private plaintiffs and the State of Oregon. This resolves the department’s and the class plaintiffs’ claims against the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that was the focus of the Lane v. Brown Employment Case.

The agreement calls for 1,115 people in sheltered workshops to receive jobs in the community at competitive wages over the next seven years. In addition, 7,000 people will receive employment services that will afford them the opportunity to work in the community, including at least 4,900 youth ages 14 to 24 years old, who are exiting school. At least half of the youth served will receive an Individual Plan of Employment, which sets forth the services and supports necessary to achieve competitive employment, from Oregon’s vocational rehabilitation system.

The settlement agreement, negotiated by state officials, the U. S. Department of Justice and attorneys for individuals with developmental disabilities, stems from the class action lawsuit, Lane v. Brown, that charged Oregon with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Olmstead v. L.C.

Further details about the settlement and DRO are available on the DRO website.

January Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 7, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights,
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Portland Commission on Disability Meeting
Friday, January 8, 11 am to 1 pm
Bridge & Steele Rooms, Office of Equity & Human Rights,
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500

Accessibility in the Built Environment Committee (ABE)
Monday, January 11, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A 

Promoting Awareness and Livability Committee (PAL)
Friday, January 15, 3 to 5 pm
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.
More information about PCOD is available
at the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.
Please contact PCOD staff at
with any questions or concerns for the Commission.

Turn on the Captioning information posted on advocacy group website

The Portland: Turn On The Captions Now! advocacy group has posted on its new website additional information on the City of Portland captioning ordinance that requires all televisions in public places to have the captioning turned on during business hours. The website is a one-stop place for businesses, consumers, and advocates interested in making public television sets accessible in Portland or other places.

The ordinance went into effect on December 18 and benefit not only persons with hearing loss, but the entire community to access information on televisions in public places that do not have the volume on. It further clarifies that access to information is a basic civil right and helps provide inclusion for everyone.

The ordinance had been introduced last summer by Commissioner Amanda Fritz after she met with the advocacy group. David Viers, Jim House, Steven Brown and Carol Studemund were the activists who approached the commissioner after efforts in asking establishments to turn on captions were met with resistance. The ordinance will address the issue by requiring businesses to keep captions on at all times. Businesses who fail to do so will risk paying a $500 fine.

The website is intended to complement the information on the City’s website and provide more details on the law, how businesses can comply, how caption viewers may approach business, news and resources, and how to contact the group. Viers commented that the goal is to provide additional resources about captioning and is currently a work in progress. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Incight conducting two January workshops for jobseekers with disabilities

Two skills enhancement workshops are scheduled in January by Incight to help jobseekers with disabilities better prepare for their job search. “Networking and the 30-second Elevator Pitch” workshop is scheduled for January 11 from 1 to 3:30 pm in the 8th Floor Conference Room at Incight’s office, 111 SW Columbia Street. The second workshop, “Interviewing and Disclosure,” is January 12, from 1 to 3:30 pm at the same location.

Networking and the 30-second Elevator Pitch will feature how to build a personal network, the art of the 30-second elevator pitch, tips for making a best impression, using social media in a job search, and meeting other jobseekers while practicing networking skills. Registration for the workshop is available on the registration website.

Interviewing and Disclosure will provide insider tips on how to nail an interview, practice for fielding difficult interview questions, information on when a job seeker may disclose their disability, creating a positive disclosure statement, and building confidence in making a personal presentation to an employer. The event website provides registration information.

Further information and questions may be directed to Kim or Kali at (971) 244-0305 or emailing Kali at For more information about Incight and its work, visit

MULTCO’s Aging and Disability Services provides guide for Medicaid transport info

The Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Division developed a guide with the local transportation brokerages and Community Care Organizations, to help consumers understand the Medicaid non-emergency medical ride program. 

The Tri-County guide covers services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. It lists the service providers and includes information about the organizations, when to call for scheduling a ride, the level of services, types of vehicles, days/times rides are available, and more facts of interest for users. The guide is available on the county’s website that provides transportation information from the Aging and Disability Services Division.

HLAA-Portland providing information for movie goers on captioned films

The Hearing Loss Association of America’s Portland Chapter (HLAA-Portland) reports that two national chains have movie theaters in the Portland Area. All Regal and Cinemark/Century movie theaters offer free devices that allow viewers to see captions encoded on most movies.

HLAA-Portland suggests that people with hearing loss should ask for a device when they buy a ticket.  The chapter does caution people who need captioning that not all movies are distributed with captions encoded, so it’s best to check with the theater beforehand to make sure the movie is captioned. Using the internet, visit the vendor’s website, enter one’s zipcode and pick a venue from the resulting list. The "CC" icon indicates movies with captions.

Here are links to websites for locating captioned films:

HLAA-Portland is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere for people with hearing loss to meet others and learn about related issues. The chapter meetings are real-time captioned and are equipped with a loop system (a PA system audible to wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils). Further information about the organization, including dates, times and location for its regular meetings, is available on the HLAA-Portland website. Information is also available by emailing

“How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” event is January 28

The City of Portland is conducting a “How to Apply for Jobs” event for job seekers with disabilities in Incight’s 8th floor conference room, 111 SW Columbia Street, on January 28th. The informal workshop will be from 10 to 11:30 am and is free with pre-registration required.

Jobseekers of all levels and disabilities are welcome to participate. The workshop features:

  • Learning how to find city jobs that fit with one’s skills and qualifications
  • Finding out how to complete an applicant profile and learning the different steps of the hiring process
  • Getting tips on creating a strong application and ensuring the application is not rejected
  • Having questions answered by a senior human resources analyst from the City of Portland

Registration and other event details are available on the workshop website and support staff are welcome, but need to be registered, too. More information, including accommodation, is available by calling Kim or Kali at (971) 244-0305 or emailing Kali at

OTAP presents an Assistive Technology Conference February 8-9

The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) is holding an Assistive Technology Conference on February 8 and 9 from 8 am to 3:45 pm each day. The conference will have a keynote presentation during the opening general session on “Tools and Strategies for Literacy: Assistive Technology in Action” by Caroline Musselwhite, Assistive Technology Specialist. The event location is the Salem Conference Center at 200 Commercial Street in Salem.

There are six concurrent sessions featured during the two days that will complement the keynote with information and activities. For continuing education, one credit is available through Portland State University with applications available on-site. There will also be exhibits both days provided by service agencies and vendors. Further information on the conference is available on the event registration website.

OTAP provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). More information about OTAP is available on its website.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) 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.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly by the City of Portland’s Disability Program in the Office of Neighborhood Involvement. The Portland Commission on Disability also collaborates with and supports the publication.

To update your contact information, if you wish to submit information for the newsletter or if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please email Events submitted will also be noted on the Disability Program Facebook page and featured on ONI Events calendar's list of Disability Events.

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