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Disability NEWS – March 15, 2017

 

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March 15, 2017

In this issue…

  • DACP’s Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company to perform at CCC annual convention
  • NWDSA conducting its 12th cross-disability All Born (In) Conference on March 18th
  • SafeLink Wireless no longer providing free Lifeline service in the State of Oregon
  • Hearing Loss Association of America meeting to discuss progress 2016 CNA study
  • April 18th “Live Resume workshop offers networking, skill and confidence building
  • Disability Rights Oregon wants to hear from public about its work
  • Rose City Rollers to assist with UCP’s Roller Skating event at Oaks Park Roller Rink
  • Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8
  • TriMet requesting public to participate in a study to improve public transit
  • FACT invites parents to its Training Series Workshops for parents of little ones
  • Registration is open for NWDSA’s Bike First! week, June 19th through 23rd
  • Association of People Supporting Employment First national conference to be held in Portland
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DACP’s Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company to perform at CCC annual convention

The Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company (IAVDC) will perform its new repertoire at the Conference Composition and Communication (CCC) annual convention on Friday, March 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. The performance will be in the Portland Ballroom 251 and 258 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. This event is free and open to the public.

Disability Art and Culture Project is providing this performance of the IAVDC in collaboration with its CCC sponsor, the Standing Group for Disability Studies. Don’t miss this opportunity to see an amazing performance. Learn more about the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, Portland’s cross-disability and integrated dance company on its website.

NWDSA conducting its 12th cross-disability All Born (In) Conference on March 18th

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is conducting its 12th annual All Born (In) Cross-Disability Best Practices Inclusion Conference on Saturday, March 18, at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and offers an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community.

Come to celebrate and learn how Universal Design for Learning and Best Practices can be used to reach and teach every child. Share, learn and make connections so that participants can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that their children are all born “in”.

There will be over 30 presentations for ages from birth through adulthood available to attendees. The conference also features four sessions, keynote speakers, musical entertainment, an art sale and much more. 

More information about the cross-disability conference is available on the event website.  For more information, contact Angela Frome by emailing afrome@nwdsa.org or calling 503-238-0522. Limited scholarships may be available. 

SafeLink Wireless no longer providing free Lifeline service in the State of Oregon

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) recently announced that Safelink Wireless is pulling out of providing free Lifeline service in Oregon, as of April 1, 2017. The service covered voice, text and data as part of a government program to provide free telephone service to income-eligible consumers.

Current users may keep their handset and buy SafeLink airtime cards by phone (800-723-3546, online, or at their local Moneygram.

Further information about the free Lifeline service is available on the OPUC website.

Hearing Loss Association of America meeting to discuss progress 2016 CNA study

The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Portland) will hold its March 2017 meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at Good Samaritan Hospital. The meeting is in the Wistar Morris Conference Room in the Main Hospital Building (please note building and room change) at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1015 NW 22nd Ave at Marshall Street Anyone affected by hearing loss is welcome to attend.

Dr. Denise Thew of Western Oregon University’s Regional Resource Center on Deafness, will be the guest speaker and will discuss the results of her 2016 survey of Oregon’s deaf and hard-of-hearing residents. The study was a community needs assessment (CNA) and its purpose was to learn how well the State is meeting the distinct needs of these communities in order to inform the deliberations of the Oregon Legislature during its 2017 session, currently in progress. For more info on the background and purpose for this study, go to Western Oregon University’s website.

HLAA-Portland meets on the third Monday of the month, September through May. More information about the organization is available on its website her hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. The chapter meetings are real-time captioned and are equipped with a loop system (usable by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils).

April 18th “Live Resume workshop offers networking, skill and confidence building

Incight is hosting its “Live Resume” workshop on Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Portland. It 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 human services positions within their organizations.

After the presentations, there is an hour of networking with the employers. Attendees will be able to speak with representatives from Aramark Food & Beverage Services, CareOregon, Clackamas County, Columbia Sportswear, Conduent, Enterprise, ESI, Family Care Health, FedEx Ground, Goodwill Job Connections, Lowe’s, OHSU, Oregon Health Authority, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, WA State Department of Corrections, and possibly even more.

Leading up to the main event, participants must be available for a practice session, where they work on their presentation and learn how to best communicate their skills and abilities. The practice session is scheduled for April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.

To learn more and sign up for “Live Resume,” please click this link to download the event flyer. Questions may be emailed to Kimberly Berberich at kimberlyb@incight.org or by calling her at 971-244-0305. 

Disability Rights Oregon wants to hear from public about its work

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) is conducting its annual survey regarding the needs of Oregonians with disabilities. The survey will allow DRO to learn and identify areas in which to focus its resources in the coming year.

The survey may take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete online. The 2017 Community Insights Survey announcement is available on the DRO website where links are available to the online survey with links to Word or pdf formats. DRO may also be contacted at 503-243-2081, 800-452-1694 or by emailing welcome@droregon.org.

Disability Rights Oregon is the protection & advocacy system for Oregon. It envisions a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. More information about DRO and its services is available on the DRO website.

Rose City Rollers to assist with UCP’s Roller Skating Outing at Oaks Park Roller Rink

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington (UCP) is presenting an evening roller skating outing with Portland’s own Rose City Rollers there to share in the fun and assist participants. The free roller skating event is Sunday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oaks Park Skating Rink, 7805 S.E Oaks Park Way in Portland.

UCP is inviting families for an evening of skating, fun and games. It’s a good way to bring back childhood memories while skating with one’s child or to just sit back and enjoy watching the children being assisted by the Rose City Rollers.

All mobility devices with wheels are welcome on the skating floor. You must be wearing skates to accompany someone on the rink. Anyone wishing to participate is requested to RSVP by email or phone (503-467-0332) by noon on April 7 to reserve their space.

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America presenting Abilities Expo on April 8

The second annual Abilities Expo will be held Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA). The location will be the Double Tree by Hilton Portland Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah Street. The event is free for the general public.

There will be vendors and displays for all types of abilities with anything from adaptable fishing, hunting and hiking to Trap, Tennis and Downhill Skiing. All all welcome to attend and find resources or to network with like-minded people.

The Oregon Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America is committed to the re-integration of our nations spinal cord impaired and diseased veterans. The Programs it runs are Hospital Liaison, Communications, Sports and Recreation, Advocacy and Legislation, Membership, and Benefits. Learn more about the OPVA on its website.

TriMet requesting public to participate in a study to improve public transit

TriMet is asking the public if they have ideas for improving public transit? The request is for feedback from both riders and non-riders to help make TriMet service easier, safer, faster and more reliable for more people.

Those who wish to add their voice may apply to join TriMet’s online research panel at trimet.org/better. They may also call 866-841-6172. Those selected for the study, will be compensated in cash for their time.

FACT invites parents to its Training Series Workshops for parents of little ones

FACT Oregon is teaming up with Multnomah Early Childhood Program to offer a series of trainings for parents of little ones with disabilities, ages birth through kindergarten. Both workshops and webinars are being provided from March through May.

The workshops and webinars will offer sharing about your baby, toddler, or young child’s early education, and learning to dream big dreams for their future. FACT Oregon trainers are all parents with information resources, and personal experiences to help parents in their journey with their child.

Workshop are be provided on “Understanding Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education training,” “Preparing for a Successful Transition to Kindergarten training,” and “Families with children of all ages: What disability means for your child’s future.” For more details, the workshop flyer is posted on FACE Oregon’s website.

For more information or to register, view the Training Series Workshops flyer, call (503) 786-6082, or email registration@factoregon.org. Space is limited.

Registration is open for NWDSA’s Bike First! week, June 19th - 23rd

Bike First! is a Northwest Down Syndrome Association week-long project that promotes inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills necessary to ride typical bicycles. This year, Bike First! will be from June 19-23 and is open to children eight years and up. Registration is now open.

People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at Bike Week. Some of these conditions include Down syndrome, mild to moderate autism, mild cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor skills, and other developmental delays.

If a child can already ride but needs a boost in skills or confidence, the Quick Start / Refresher Course might be just what they need to cruise all summer long. 

To see a video of a news broadcast featuring Bike First! and to read more about Bike Week 2017, visit its section on the NWDSA website.

Association of People Supporting Employment First national conference to be held in Portland

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) is holding its 2017 APSE National Conference in Portland from June 19th through the 20th at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront. The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First.

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser who currently chairs the Senate Human Services Committee. In 2010, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability. Her appointment confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate.

There are educational and networking opportunities, dozens of exhibitors, national awards, two onsite CESP exam opportunities, and pre-conference sessions that are followed by two and one-half days of more than 100 high-quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts.

For further information about the conference, please visit the 2017 APSE National Conference 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 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.

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