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Disability NEWS – July 6, 2016 Newsletter

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July 6, 2016

In this issue…

  • Residential Infill Project Open House set for people with disabilities on July 20
  • City of Portland Disability Program preparing a 2016-17 Leadership Academy
  • FACT’s “It Starts with a Dream” workshop to be at Shriner’s Hospital in Portland
  • DRO conducting survey for SAMHSA/CMHS on PAIMI services and activities
  • NWDSA/ABI Cross-Disability Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort is open now
  • National Disability Voter Registration Week offers help for registering to vote
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • NWDSA/ABI is hosting its annual Summer Social at Camp Angelo on August 7
  • DOJ announces settlement with Greyhound for failing to provide accessible services
  • Families are invited to take a hike at FACT’s Nature Park Trail Day on July 22
  • City wants to hear from PWD about taxi and other private for-hire transportation
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Residential Infill Project Open House set for people with disabilities on July 20

Age-Friendly Portland is hosting a Residential Infill Project Open House focused on people with disabilities and older adults on Wednesday, July 20, from 4 to 6 pm. This opportunity to provide input on Portland’s zoning code changes for single-family areas will benefit from feedback concerning improving housing accessibility. The open house will be at Portland State University’s Urban Center, 506 SW Mill Street in the Parsons Gallery on the second floor.

Portland is growing and the community’s housing needs are changing. Nearly 123,000 new households are projected by 2035. About 20 percent of new housing units will be built in Portland’s single-dwelling residential zones. Increased cultural and racial diversity and an aging population will also affect housing needs.

Portlanders have expressed concerns about the size of new houses, demolitions and the rising cost and lack of housing choices throughout the city. In response, City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is taking a fresh look at the allowances for development in single-dwelling neighborhoods. The Residential Infill Project proposes key code changes related to: scale of houses, housing types and historically narrow lots.

BPS has developed a draft proposal for public review and feedback. Feedback received will inform the recommendation to City Council in fall 2016. For further information and to participate in a survey, visit the BPS website here. Age-Friendly Portland has details about the July 20th Residential Infill Project Open House on its website.

City of Portland Disability Program preparing a 2016-17 Leadership Academy

The City of Portland Disability Program will be seeking potential applicants and community interest in its 2016-17 Disability Leadership Academy. The academy will offer skills to assist persons with disabilities to empower themselves and engage in civic leadership. It will be an intense and rewarding experience for participants to be more connected to the City and help enrich their lives.

This program is scheduled to be from October 2016 through June 2017. Ten to 15 students who are 18 or older will be accepted into an intensive leadership course to build leadership skills, knowledge of civic engagement and public involvement, practical skills and experimental skills. People with disabilities have long felt disempowered and left in a state of isolation. The academy seeks to change this longstanding dynamic by providing practical knowledge to assist them to be more active and advocate for themselves.

The first phase of the academy will be nine sessions ranging on topics of advocacy, disability studies, conflict resolution and others. Leaders with disabilities will lead these sessions, sharing their personal and professional knowledge with the participants. The second phase is experiential and the academy participants will apply their training in the first phase to a real world issue that impacts persons with disabilities. The academy will conclude with a graduation and celebration for the participants where friends and families, along with invited dignitaries will celebrate the participants’ work and accomplishments.

The academy’s structure is based on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Diversity and Civic Leadership model. ONI oversees the Disability Program which is one of its wide range of neighborhood livability direct services. Other similar programs are New Portlanders, Community Neighborhood Involvement Center, Neighborhoods, Public Involvement Best Practices, Youth and Neighborhood Mediation.

FACT’s “It Starts with a Dream” workshop to be at Shriner’s Hospital in Portland

FACT-Oregon will present “It Starts with a Dream” Workshop on Monday, July 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Shriner’s Hospital, seventh floor auditorium, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Road. The workshop is subtitled: An Introduction to Person-centered Planning and the One-page Profile. The two-hour workshop is free for parents and families.

Participants will learn about: 

  • How a vision/dream for the future is the beginning of the journey
  • The importance of introducing a child to their strength
  • The importance of having high expectations
  • The one-page profile and how it can be used in the IEP (Individual Education Program) and in identifying supports, building community, and planning for life after school.

Light refreshments will be provided. The training will be provided in Spanish and English in separate rooms. For more information call 503-786-6082 or 888-988-3228, or email Please register is online at this webpage.

FACT is a family leadership organization based in Oregon for individuals and their families experiencing disability, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships. More information is available on FACT's website [].

DRO conducting survey for SAMHSA/CMHS on PAIMI services and activities

From September 13-15, 2016, representatives from three national mental health organizations will visit Disability Rights Oregon in Portland. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) PROGRAM are looking for feedback about the PAIMI Program services and activities conducted by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO).

SAMHSA/CMHS is requesting written comments by e-mail or regular postal service. The email address is and the address for postal delivery is:

1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 2-1105
Rockville, Maryland 20857 

Further information about SAMHSA/CMHS is available on the organization’s website with DRO information available on its website.

NWDSA/ABI Cross-Disability Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort registration is now open

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) and All Born In (ABI) is providing a kickoff session for its Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort program. The program is open to families with children that experience any developmental disability. Applications are currently being accepted with a deadline to apply by August 18 for children entering kindergarten in Fall 2017.

The Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort program is a series of interactive and best practices-driven trainings, designed to help parents prepare for and advocate for inclusive kindergarten placements for their children. The Cohort works to prepare families for the kindergarten transition, and also build a community of parents who will support each other as their children move through the transition process and beyond. 

Designed for parents whose child will be starting kindergarten the following September, the cohort features six interactive training sessions over the school year. Session topics include information about the law and a child’s rights, tools and supports to use in the classroom, IEP goal writing to help support inclusion, communication and behavior strategies, tips from parents and teachers, and more. The Cohort is currently in its third year, and parents who graduated in the first two years reported that the skills learned in the cohort were instrumental to helping their children gain access to the general education classroom. Receiving teachers also reported that Cohort graduates are empowered advocates who come prepared to partner effectively with schools to help meet the needs of their children.

To learn more about the Cross-Disability Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort program and to register, please visit the program’s web page on NWDSA website.

National Disability Voter Registration Week offers help for registering to vote

The REV UP Campaign is coordinating the first National Disability Voter Registration Week July 11-15. Disability Rights Oregon is partnering with other community organizations to register and engage voters during the week and for the month of July. If an organization or community group is interested in participating, please contact Esther Harlow at or 503-243-2081.

Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website

The latest information for June 2016 Portland Commission on Disability meetings is available on the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.

NWDSA/ABI is hosting its annual Summer Social for families at Camp Angelo on August 7

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting its traditional summer get-together for families within the Down syndrome community on August 7. The event is from 1 to 4 pm at Camp Angelos, 32149 SE Stevens Road in Corbett.

Camp Angelos is fully-accessible retreat nestled in the Sandy River Valley. Some of the great amenities & activities included this year are: a bounce house, live music, fishing, shaded areas, lots of games, food and other activities for the families. Additional information about the event, including a link to RSVP, may be found on the NWDSA website.

The NWDSA has been a parent-driven family support network since 1997. The NWDSA’s mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability including Down syndrome. Complete information, including services, meetings and events is available on the organization’s website.

DOJ announces settlement with Greyhound for failing to provide accessible services

Greyhound Lines has entered into a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a lawsuit brought by the DOJ under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This resolution addresses claims under the ADA, including claims that Greyhound failed to provide accessible transportation and transportation-related services to people with disabilities. Greyhound denies these allegations.

Greyhound has agreed to compensate individuals who were harmed by Greyhound’s lack of accessible transportation or transportation-related services, or by a failure to make disability-related accommodations, between February 8, 2013 and February 8, 2016. If you believe you were harmed by these practices between those dates, then you may be eligible to receive compensation from Greyhound as a result of its agreement with the DOJ. Persons with disabilities who are affected by the decision may submit a claim no later than November 10, 2016.

Additional information, including key documents, how to file a claim and contact resources are available on the DOJ/Greyhound Settlement website.

Families are invited to take a hike at FACT’s Nature Park Trail Day on July 22

FACT invites families with children experiencing disability to get together and get the kids outdoors. Join the group for a fun and free event with a beautiful hike on Friday, July 22, from 10 to 11:30 am, at Tualatin Hills Nature Park. The parks is at 15655 SE Millikan Way in Beaverton.

  • Parents, children and friends will enjoy:
  • Paved and wheelchair accessible paths
  • The Park’s Nature Center exhibits
  • The FACT table where there will be water bottles and snacks

Participants are asked to please register at the event website so FACT will know how many snacks to provide. For more information, call 503-786-6082 or 888-988-3228. Information is available available by emailing

Parents and caregivers must stay on site with their children. The park is a wildlife preserve, so please leave dogs and other pets at home when visiting.

City wants to hear from PWD about taxi and other private for-hire transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Private for Hire Transportation Advisory Committee are seeking public input on transportation service for people with disabilities. With an online survey posted on the PBOT website, people with disabilities can tell the City about their experiences using taxis or transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Take the survey now at the survey weblink. Further information about PBOT’s Taxi and Other Private For-Hire Vehicles program is on the program website.

Visit Disability Program Facebook page for 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.

Please note: This information is for downloading in an e-publication format.