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Disability NEWS – January 20, 2016

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January 20, 2016

In this issue…

  • Office on Disability and Health studying birth control issues for women with disabilities
  • February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings
  • Oregon Gerontological Association to hold annual meeting on January 22
  • WomenStrength Program seeks female participants in women’s safety study
  • Disability Awareness Symposium will feature Kathie Snow January 28th
  • “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 

Office on Disability and Health studying birth control issues for women with disabilities

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is conducting a study on birth control preferences, decision-making, and information needs among women with disabilities. The office is currently seeking women for focus groups with the participants to receive a $40 Target gift card for attending.

The focus group is expected to be two hours during January or February 2016. Participants will be asked to fill out a short survey (on paper, electronically, or by phone) before attending the focus group. Alternate formats for the survey available on request.

Topics will be:

  • How do you decide whether to use birth control?
  • How do you decide what kind to use?
  • How easy or hard is it to get the information you need?

Focus groups will be held in downtown Portland. The office needs to be notified at least one week in advance about any reasonable accommodations needed. Snacks will be provided.

For more information or to sign up, please contact: Jan Campbell at or leave a message on Jan’s cell phone: 503-504-1254. Further information about OOHD is available on OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability website.

February Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 4, 5 to 7 pm
Broadway Room, Office of Equity & Human Rights,
Commonwealth Building, 421 SW 6th Ave, Suite 500

Accessibility in the Built Environment Committee (ABE)
Monday, February 8, 10 am to Noon
1900 Building, 1900 SW Fourth Ave, Room 4A 

Promoting Awareness and Livability Committee (PAL)
Friday, February 19, 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.

Oregon Gerontological Association to hold annual meeting on January 22

Lillian Shirley, director of Oregon’s Public Health Division, will be speaking at the Oregon Gerontological Association’s annual general meeting on Friday, January 22. The meeting will be at Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego, from 3 to 5 pm.

Shirley’s presentation is titled “Oregon’s Approach to Collaborating across Sectors to Increase Years of Healthy Life for Older Americans.” The association will also conduct regular business, including an election of officers. Following the meeting, there is an opportunity to network from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Sickmen Brewing, 40 N State Street, Lake Oswego.

Further information, including registration, for the event is available on the event website.

WomenStrength Program seeks female participants in women’s safety study

The Portland Police Bureau’s WomenStrength Program is studying women’s safety and is seeking female participants. Women who are 18 or older and live in Portland or the surrounding area may participate in the research that is being conducted in partnership with the University of Oregon.

Participants will be given a survey which will take approximately 30 minutes and can be completed online or with hard copy to be sent to a participant’s home. Everyone is asked to complete one survey now and another survey in one year. The surveys will ask a variety of questions about topics such as self perceptions, thoughts about what it means to be a woman, beliefs about violence and danger, whether a woman has had unwanted sexual experiences, and demographic characteristics such as age and educational background. After completing the second survey, participants will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Those interested in the survey may email and include:

  • Survey participant” typed in the email subject line
  • Name, address and phone number
  • Preference for completing the survey electronically or on paper.

Disability Awareness Symposium will feature Kathie Snow January 28th

FACT extends an invitation for a professional learning day at its Disability Awareness Symposium on Thursday, January 28, that will feature national speaker Kathy Snow. The symposium is from 1 to 4 pm at MacMenamins Kennedy School where the participants can make new connections and hear local speakers discuss disability as it relates to education, health, faith, and recreation.

Snow will share the message that disability is natural, and four local speakers will share their personal experiences in learning the importance of life in community and how they sought and provided that for their child. 

Youth experiencing disabilities and their families face perceived and real attitudinal, cultural, and physical barriers to participating in community activities. FACT’s Disability Awareness Symposium will challenge parents and community providers to explore the cost of segregation and the importance of designing vibrant communities with connections to nature, recreation, health, faith and education that are welcoming to all.

For more information, call (503) 786-6082 or 1 (888) 988-3228, or email More information is available on FACT’s webpage for the event.

“How to Apply for City of Portland Jobs” event is January 28 at Incight's office

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 NEWS, including back issues, is also available in the program’s website for viewing at this link.

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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