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Disability NEWS – October 5, 2016

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October 5, 2016 

In this issue…

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s theme is #InclusionWorks
  • PSU screening the film “Being You” October 17, followed by discussion session
  • City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 12
  • Multnomah County offering free counseling about upcoming Medicare coverage changes
  • October HLAA-Portland chapter meeting being held on 17th in NW Portland
  • JAN seeking input on a survey about Disability and Consumer Attitudes/Preferences
  • Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website
  • FACT’s Fall Breakfast will be October 18th at the Multnomah Athletic Club
  • OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 22
  • 8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront
  • Four Portland employment events being held by Incight for job seekers with disabilities
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s theme is #InclusionWorks

The theme for October 2016’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDREM) is “Inclusion Works.” Mirroring current social media trends, it is being displayed as a graphic which reads #InclusionWorks. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Observed in October, NDEAM is a nationwide campaign celebrating the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces. Led nationally by Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), NDEAM’s true spirit lies in the many grassroots observances held nationwide every year. Each spring, the theme for each year’s celebration is announced to help organizations and groups plan their events.

For more information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, please read the complete article on the Disability Program’s News and Events section of the program's website.

PSU screening the film “Being You” on October 17, followed by discussion session

A free screening of the Roadtrip Nation film “Being You” will be followed by a conversation on Monday, October 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Hall on the Portland State University (PSU) campus. The showing is one of the university’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Events and will have a Q&A with PSU alumni Pete Denman.

“Being You” follows three young people with learning and attention issues as they travel across the country to seek advice from people who have transformed their learning and attention issues from a struggle into an asset. Denman, a user experience designer at Intel, is featured in the film. During his time at Intel, Pete has worked to improve Professor Steven Hawking's experience with his computer. Pete also works with UNESCO, the National Center on Learning Disabilities, and the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

This event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the screening and conversation scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free tickets are available by going to the Global Diversity and Inclusion Events website. New users will have to register at the event website to obtain tickets. For assistance in obtaining tickets, email tickets@pdx.edu or telephone 503-725-3307.

City of Portland hosting event for jobseekers with disabilities on October 12

An informational and networking event introducing job seekers with disabilities to City of Portland career opportunities will be Wednesday, October 12, on the Portland Building’s second floor from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The City, in partnership with Incight and Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), is providing panel discussions, workshops and presentations from over 20 of its bureaus.

Participants may network one on one with recruiting representatives, learn how to find jobs which suit their interests and how to be successful in the application process. The opening welcome and panel discussions will be from 9 to 11:30 am with booths open for networking with City bureau staff from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Job Application and Networking Tips (How to Network) workshops will be held from 11:35 am to 1:30 pm.

To register for the event, please go to the event’s website. Accommodation requests may be made by email Kali Giaritta at her email address kali@incight.org or calling 971-244-0305.

Multnomah County offering free counseling about upcomingMedicare coverage changes

The Multnomah County Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program will provide one-on-one counseling to help citizens understand the upcoming changes in Medicare health and drug insurance coverage, to identify important issues and to compare their current coverage with the Medicare plans available for 2017. The “Plan Annual Notice of Change” packet, which recipients must receive from their current plan by September 30, contains specific information about changes in coverage, costs or participating providers that will be effective in January. 

The annual Medicare open enrollment period, during which a Medicare-eligible user can switch plans, begins October 15 and extends through December 7 of this year. 

Some costly changes may be hidden in this year’s document. For example, the drug deductible for 2017 that must be paid before prescription coverage begins has increased for many plans. Some health plans have higher premiums or out-of-pocket costs. Other plans have increased the amount that participants pay for doctor visits, ambulance services, or other benefits. 

“Choosing Medicare coverage is very individual and people approach it differently,” said SHIBA Program Coordinator Janet Bowman. “There are basic questions to ask: Does the plan cover my prescriptions? Does it cover the doctors I want to see? Can I afford the costs? With many choices available, citizens can find plans to meet their needs. We are here to help them with the search.” 

Medicare enrollment assistance will be available at several Multnomah County libraries beginning in October. Participants must register in advance for the one-on-one counseling sessions. These sessions will provide individual one hour appointments with a trained, impartial SHIBA counselor to compare plans. Call 503-988-3646 to schedule an appointment. Please do not call the library. The following is a list of the enrollment events with times, locations and dates:

  • Tuesday, October 18, at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.
  • Monday, October 24, at Hollywood Library, NE Tillamook
  • Wednesday, November 2, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Tuesday, November, 8 at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • Monday, November, 14 at St.Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Street
  • Friday, November 18, at Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook Street
  • Monday, November 21, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Monday, November 28, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue
  • Monday, December 5, at Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Avenue

Medicare participants can find more information about Medicare plans at www.medicare.gov, www.oregon.gov/dcbs/shiba and in the “Medicare and You 2017” handbook mailed to households. For more information on all events, contact Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline at 503-988-3646. 

This month’s HLAA-Portland chapter meeting to be October 17th in NW Portland

The Hearing Loss Association of America Portland Chapter (HLAA-Portland) is conducting its monthly meeting on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature local candidates competing in the November general election. The meeting will be in the second floor conference room of Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 NW Marshall.

Candidates for a position on Portland’s City Council, Steve Novick and Chloe Eudaly, will be in attendance along with Eric Zimmerman and Sharon Meiran, who are competing for a seat on the Multnomah County Commission. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide information about hearing loss to the candidates.

The November 21st meeting is scheduled to have a speaker from Dogs for the Deaf. This organization rescues dogs for its programs from animal shelters throughout the western United States. After professional training at its southern Oregon facility, the dogs are placed with people with a variety of disabilities and challenges, including hearing loss and deafness. More information about Dogs for the Deaf is available on the group’s website.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome. More information about the organization is available on its website.

JAN seeking input on a survey about Disability and Consumer Attitudes/Preferences

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has announced that the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) is conducting a self-selected sample survey on disability, and consumer attitudes and preferences. The survey seeks to better understand consumers whose buying decisions are mostly likely to be influenced by a business' practices toward individuals with disabilities.

The survey is being provided by NBDC’s Marketing Anthropolgy Project at the Viscardi Center. The NBDC is a comprehensive resource for Fortune 1000 companies and government employers promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities into the workplace, marketplace and accessible technologies.

To complete the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5F6RS8B. To learn more about NBDC's Marketing Anthropology Project, please email bmacsata@viscardicenter.org. More information about this organization is available on its home page.

Portland Commission on Disability meetings posted on PCOD website

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

FACT’s Fall Breakfast will be October 18 at the Multnomah Athletic Club

FACT-Oregon is extending an invitation to its Fall Breakfast on Tuesday, October 18, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The event is to honor FACT’s founders, celebrate its partners and build for the future. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the breakfast and program starting at 7:30 p.m.

KINK-FM’s Steve Pringle will host the breakfast event that is sponsored by The Standard and the FACT Board of Directors. To obtain tickets, please visit the event’s website. More information is available by emailing info@factoregon.org or calling 503-786-6082.

FACT’s mission is to help empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community and equipping families.

OHSU’s IDD 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival and Races are set for October 22

The Institute on Development and Disability (IDD) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) invites the community to participate in the 2016 Harvest Hustle Festival 5K, 1K, and Kids' Dash on Sunday, October 22, in downtown Portland. Besides the races, there is the Harvest Hustle Festival with delicious food, live music, crafts and giveaways.

The route this year is new and completely completely accessible, located on public transportation lines, with the races ging across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. All the work is in close conjunction with Child Development & Rehabilitation Center’s clinical operations. The Harvest Hustle is the annual fundraiser for IDD and all proceeds will support:

  • Camp Odakoda, a camp for adolescents with autism
  • Camp More: An overnight summer camp for teens who stutter 
  • Go Baby Go: Providing mobility devices (modified electric cars) for kids with mobility concerns
  • Hearing Aid Lending Library: Providing hearing aids as loaner items for families who need to test out new devices

Families throughout the region turn to the IDD for care, compassion, and resources for infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities or special health needs. In addition to clinical service, the IDD actively participates in research, public health/community outreach, and education/training to continuously improve knowledge and practice while working with patients and families in the hospital, in outpatient clinics, or in the patient’s home.

To learn more, visit the event website at www.harvesthustle5k.org or contact Melissa Mullineaux at mullinea@ohsu.edu or 503-494-6337.

8th Annual Night for Networking is October 26th in South Waterfront

The annual OHSU “Night for Networking” (N4N) is scheduled for October 26 from 6 to 9 pm in the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at 2730 SW Moody Avenue in Portland’s South Waterfront. Night for Networking is a comfortable yet focused event that brings job-seekers with disabilities together with employers for an evening of networking. This successful event provides a forum for talented job-seekers with disabilities to meet and network with employers who are dedicated to workplace diversity.

Participants include job-seekers, recruiters, sponsors, volunteers, community affiliates, job-coaches, interpreters and other supporters. Attendance at last year's event included over 400 attendees and 40 sponsors.

Additional Night for Networking information, including registration, is available on the event’s website. There is also helpful information about sponsored rides with Uber and free parking after 5 p.m. in the Schnitzer Parking Lot. Event staff by be contacted by calling 503-494-5248 or emailing to n4n@ohsu.edu.

Four Portland employment events being held by Incight for job seekers with disabilities

Incight is hosting job events that offer four opportunities to explore federal employment, healthcare, customer service and City of Portland jobs. Jobseekers with disabilities may participate in Schedule A - Federal Government workshop on October 7, Live Resume for Customer Service Positions on October 10, Meet Business with the City of Portland information event on October 12, and the Healthcare “Live Resume” opportunity on October 25..

  1. There are a number of ways that people can apply for a job with the Federal Government. A quicker, more streamlined path is by utilizing the "Schedule A" Hiring Authority for people with disabilities. A guest presenter at the “Schedule A” - the Federal Government and You workshop will discuss: What "Schedule A" is and why it is important to you, How to dissect a federal job announcement, What documentation is needed to prove your qualifications, Tips to ensure your application doesn't get rejected, plus more useful information. Registration is necessary as space is limited, so go to the workshop’s event website to register and learn more about this Live Resume event.
  2. The Live Resume for Customer Service event will be Monday, October 10th, from 10 am to 12:30 pm with a practice session scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, from 9:30 am to noon. This event is an excellent and unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. During the main event, every participant will have up to three minutes to verbally present their “Live Resume” to a room full of recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to fill customer service positions within their organization. After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session, where they work on their "Live Resume" pitch and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. To learn more and sign up for the event, please click this link.
  3. The Meet Business with the City of Portland event is the second article featured in this Disability NEWS. Please refer to that article to learn more about the event that will feature information about jobs at the city and how to apply for them. To register for the event, please go to the event’s website.
  4. Live Resume: Healthcare is an excellent and unique opportunity for job seekers with disabilities to meet and network with local employers in an intimate and supportive environment. During the main event, every participant will have up to three minutes to verbally present their "Live Resume" to the attending recruiters and hiring managers who are looking to fill a variety of healthcare positions within their organizations. After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Hosted by Moda Health and also includes: CareOregon, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, Peace Health, and possibly more. Click this weblink to learn more, including how to apply for one of the 20 spots available.

Anyone with questions about any of the events, registration, or accommodation is invited to call 971-244-0306 or email Kali at kali@incight.org.

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 disabilitynews@portlandoregon.gov. 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.