To further the work of the City of Portland's Disability Program in connecting, supporting and encouraging civic engagement for persons with disabilities, the program’s News and Events section will now have feature articles posted. This new grouping of information will complement the Disability NEWS highlighting in-depth articles and photographs to be posted. It will also provide having time-sensitive information to be posted independently of the regular twice-monthly NEWS. Content will be generated in-house with some provided by partners to the NEWS.
The Disability Program website has been experiencing a substantial increase in views during 2016. Previously, the average was approximately 2,500 views monthly but with more offerings from the Disability NEWS, it is now averaging 15,000 views per month. Analysis of the content being viewed finds the News and Events section accounts for half or more of the views and that website visitors are further looking at resource information and other content provided on the website. Seeing this interest by the community has led to expanding the news content.
To begin the program’s new service, the first article will feature Joanne Johnson who was recently hired as the Disability Program Coordinator. This article will serve as an introduction for Johnson who has personal and professional experience in the disability community as a person with a disability with over 10 years’ experience in disability advocacy and justice work.
To stay abreast of new feature articles and other information posted on the program website, just click the Subscribe to RSS button on the website. Subscribing to a website RSS (Rich Site Summary) removes the need for the user to manually check the website for new content. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates.
Disability Program NEWS Features:
City of Portland hires new Disability Program Coordinator
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement has hired Joanne Johnson as the program coordinator for the City’s Disability Program. She was among over 75 candidates seeking to fill the opening which had been vacant since mid-February. Johnson has personal and professional experience in the disability community as a person with a disability with over 10 years’ experience in disability advocacy and justice work. READ MORE… (Posted 11/22/2016)
NWDSA’s Angela Jarvis-Holland to receive Making a Difference award December 13
Angela Jarvis-Holland of the Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) will be recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Making a Difference award at the December 13th Spirit of Portland Awards. This is the Spirit of Portland Awards to be at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. READ MORE… (Posted 11/28/2016)
General Assistance Program Forum is December 8th in PCC Auditorium
Stakeholders and community partners are invited to attend General Assistance Program Forums to join the discussion about a new program available to people with severe disabilities. READ MORE… (Posted 12/5/2016)
Disability Leadership Academy to start February 18th, applications open now
Applications for the 2017 Disability Leadership Academy are now being accepted through January 9th. This program is scheduled to run from February through June 2017 on 10 Saturdays from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. The sessions will consist of both a training session and project work on community engagement. READ MORE… (Posted 12/7/2016)
Auditor seeks input for proposed City Charter safeguards to protect audits, investigations
City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero is conducting two public events to gather input for City Charter safeguards to protect the Auditor’s ability in holding City government accountable through independent audits and investigations. Hear of proposed changes and offer your views at meetings on December 15 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Avenue and at a December 16 Brown Bag in the Lovejoy Room on the second floor of City Hall. SEE MORE… (Post Updated with new link 12/12/2016)
HLAA-Portland monthly meeting will be its Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange on December 19
The Portland chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Portland) will hold its December meeting on Monday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held in the second floor conference room at Good Samaritan Hospital, Building 2, 1040 N.W. 22nd Avenue in Portland. SEE MORE… (Posted 12/12/2016)
December 2016 Audit of City's Response to ADA Accommodation Requests and Complaints Just Released
The City's Audit Services assessed whether the City of Portland meets the process requirements in Title II of the ADA, specifically those related to accommodation requests and complaints. The office found that the City’s current approach makes accommodation requests difficult for individuals with disabilities, and the process varies by bureau. SEE THE DOCUMENT… (Posted 12/13/2016)
PF&R installing specialized smoke alarms for deaf and people with hearing loss
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to install free specialized smoke alarms in the homes of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. SEE MORE… (Posted 12/22/2016)
OHSU studying depression in men with disabilities for program development
The Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), in collaboration with HASL Independent Abilities Center is conducting a study to father information to inform development of a program designed to meet the specific needs of men with physical disabilities. SEE MORE… (Posted 1/19/2017)
“A Father’s Panel” offers individual experiences on raising a child with a disability
Northwest Downs Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is offering “A Father’s Panel” event on Saturday, February 4, from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is an interactive session led by a panel of fathers who will discuss accepting, nurturing, educating and supporting a child with a developmental disability. SEE MORE… (Posted 1/30/2017)