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Disability NEWS – October 18, 2017

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October 18, 2017

In this issue…

  • DACP presenting Nina G’s “An Evening of Comedy” on October 18th
  • “DisabilityEquity in the Arts: From Access to Liberation" is Dis/Representation’s October event
  • Google wants help tagging accessible places on Google Maps
  • Amplify! event on October 19 can help employers improve disability inclusiveness in the workforce
  • Learn to be effective in advocating for your community at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 event
  • PCC leadership hosting community forums on college’s future, equitable student success and bond
  • DACP’s DancAbilities class is featured in fall PPR Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation program
  • MULTCO Elections providing assistance to voters with disabilities for November special election
  • Disability & Employment: Access, Accommodation and the ADA is topic for October 30 panel discussion
  • The 33rd Annual Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony will be November 14 at IRCO
  • Applications to be accepted October 16-30 for affordable housing at Garlington Place
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

DACP presenting Nina G’s “An Evening of Comedy” on October 18th

The Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP) invites everyone to attend “An Evening of Comedy” featuring Nina G on October 18 at 7:30 p.m. DACP is bringing Nina G, The San Francisco Bay Area's favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one) to perform at the Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Nina G is America’s only female stuttering stand up comedian and an author, speaker, and educator. She has made countless audiences laugh while educating them about disability issues and equality. Nina breaks down stigma, raises awareness and helps people reach their potential as allies to the Disability community. Nina works solo as a public speaker and educator and also tours with the comedy troupes The Comedians with Disabilities Act and Feminist Tendencies (an all-female comedy troupe aimed to empower diverse young women).

This event will support the second biennial Portland ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival. Founded in 2007, ReelAbilities is dedicated to sharing the stories, lives and art of people with disabilities. It consists of award-winning films of the highest cinematic and artistic quality and is hosted in cities across the country. DACP is excited to bring these films back to Portland in the spring of 2018. Learn more about Nina on her website, http://www.ninagcomedian.com.

More information, including a link for tickets, is available on DACP’s website 

“DisabilityEquity in the Arts: From Access to Liberation" is Dis/Representation’s October event

A panel of Disabled artists, Kiersi Coleman, Eliza Jensen, Grant Miller, India Harville and Kathy Coleman, will be discussing what it truly means to have Disability equity in the arts on Thursday, October 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. Dis/Representation’s October discussion is free and open to the public at Terrell Hall - Room 202, on Portland Community College’s (PCC) Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth Street.

The artists will address how to move beyond tokenism and charity to full integration, what it means to include disability aesthetic and Disabled bodies and minds in art; the question of training and rigor; and how to enact Disability Justice in the arts. 

Accommodation is available upon request for ASL interpreters, audio description, Real-Time Captioning (CART) and alternative formats. Please contact the event organizers by emailing disabilityartculture@gmail.com one week in advance to ensure accommodations or to ask any questions. Online participation is also available for this discussion.

Please note that PCC visitors parking a vehicle are required to purchase and display a permit. Parking costs $2 for two hours. When attending PCC events, attendees are asked to please refrain from parking on neighborhood streets. 

Dis/Representation is made possible through a grant from the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust; also through partnership with Portland Community College Disability Services. More information about Dis/Representation is available on its website.

Google wants help tagging accessible places on Google Maps

Google is looking to the public in an effort to make navigating the world easier for people with disabilities. The search giant is asking users to add information about wheelchair accessibility to entries on Google Maps.

“Because anyone can identify and label wheelchair-friendly locations directly on the map, it’s easy to share this knowledge around the world. But not everyone knows this tool exists, so we want to do more,” wrote Sasha Blair-Goldensohn — a software engineer for Google Maps who uses a wheelchair — in a post this month about the new push. “We’re calling on Local Guides, a community of people who contribute their expertise about places on Google Maps, to add more wheelchair accessibility attributes to the map.”

Google Maps was updated last year to include details on wheelchair accessibility alongside basics like hours, addresses and telephone numbers of businesses and other locations. However, many entries still lack such information.

Google relies on users to submit details about accessibility and has created a one-page guide to help individuals assess locations they visit. To contribute information, users answer five simple questions which takes just seconds to complete.

A series of meetups for Local Guides this month in cities around the globe is designed to add accessibility details to a flurry of new Google Maps entries.

“And wheelchair users aren’t the only ones who will benefit,” Blair-Goldensohn noted. “You’ll also be making life easier for families with strollers, seniors with walkers or anyone making plans with a friend who has impaired mobility.”

Amplify! event on October 19 can help employers improve disability workforce inclusiveness

Amplify! is conducting an event on Thursday, October 19, designed to empower and encourage Oregon employers by helping them create a stronger workforce and community through improving disability inclusiveness in the workplace. The event is from 8 to 11a.m. in the Victory Building at Nike’s World Headquarters, 15475 S.W. Knoll Parkway in Beaverton.

This free event includes: 

  • WINDMILLS – Changing The Perception of Ability – An interactive workshop
  • Oregon Diversity Challenge
  • Optional Disability Diversity Business Assessment & Training
  • Breakfast and Networking

This event will help employers capture an understanding of their needs and goals, and collaborate with them to find the right fit and path. Results from Amplify! will focus on the individual first, whether a candidate or a hiring manager, to gain a clear picture of what each can bring to the table for a mutually beneficial working relationship. Go to the registration website to sign up. There is also information for requesting accommodation available on the website.

Amplify! Is a cultural movement designed to encourage and equip Oregon businesses to build their workforce and community through disability inclusiveness for people of ALL abilities, especially those individuals who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). More information is available on the organization’s website.

Learn to be effective in advocating for your community at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 event

Hear from government officials and advocates how to be an effective community advocate during next year’s Oregon state legislative session at ONI’s 2017 Legislative Advocacy 101 Panel event on Monday, October 30. The event will be in the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) community center at 10301 N.E. Glisan Street from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

City Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Amanda Fritz will conduct a legislative community forum 7:25 to 8:30 p.m. to gather attendee’s input for the City’s state legislative agenda. They are seeking input on community issues and which issues people would like to see advanced by the legislature. There will be a group exercise to identify community and neighborhood priorities.

The first section of this event will have an advocacy panel of elected officials and professional advocates sharing advice and answering questions about how the community can make an impact on public policy at the state level. The panel consists of Representative Janelle Bynum (House District 51), Mary Moller from Governor Kate Brown’s office, OPAL’s Deputy Director Vivian Satterfield, and Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (Senate District 17). The panel will be moderated by Elizabeth Edwards from the City’s Office of Government Relations.

ASL Interpretation will be provided at this event. The City of Portland will make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities and people needing assistance with language interpretation and translation. Please contact by phone at 503-823-3093 or email marco.mejia@portlandoregon.gov by Monday, October 23rd to request accommodation.

TriMet transportation is possible by taking the #15 Belmont/NW 23rd and the #25 Glisan/Rockwood bus lines. The MAX Blue line stop at N.E. 102nd Avenue and Burnside is a few blocks from the IRCO community center.

PCC leadership hosting community forums on college’s future, equitable student success and bond

Portland Community College’s leadership wants to meet with community members who are interested in learning about the direction and future of Portland Community College. In late October, college leadership – Sylvia Kelley, executive vice president, and Linda Degman, bond program director – will host community forums at each of PCC's comprehensive campuses. The focus of the discussions will be on the college's goal to foster greater accessibility and equitable student success through long-term visioning for PCC's facilities and the 2017 bond measure. The events are free and open to the public.

Each forum will include a short presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. The face-to-face conversations with Kelley and Degman offer an opportunity to come together as a community and discuss the future development of the college and its facilities based on needs and trends.

All of the community forums are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Following is the schedule of forums:

  • Monday, Oct. 23, Oak Room, College Center, Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.).
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, Room 213, Building 5, Rock Creek Campus, 17705 S.W. Springville Road.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, Rooms 203-204, Student Union, Cascade Campus,705 N. Killingsworth St.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Community Hall, Southeast Campus, 2305 S.E. 82nd and Division.

DACP’s DancAbilities class is featured in fall PPR Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation program

Disability Arts and Culture Project’s DancAbilities class is being offered by Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) in its fall and winter course catalog. There are four separate class sessions for ages 13 and up scheduled from October into mid-March. They will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in Centennial SUN School’s cafeteria.

Instructor Kathy Coleman will lead this fun and up-beat class. Whether a person dances every day or has never tried, it may be for them. The sessions will be October 4 through November 1, November 15 to December 6 (no class on November 22), January 10 to February 7, and February 14 to March 14.

Read about the class and find out how to register in the Fall 2017 PP&R Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation catalog. Registration is underway now and is also available by going to portlandparks.org and clicking on the Register for Classes tab.

MULTCO Elections providing assistance to voters with disabilities for November special election

Voters with disabilities can request help with voting from a friend, family member or someone else they know. If needed, voters can also call and request voting and elections related help from Multnomah County Elections. Elections Voter Assistance Teams  will provide free help for a voter in their home, at the facility they live in, or at the elections office. 

Voters with limited English proficiency can also requestassistance. Multnomah County Elections provides an interpreter, free of charge to anyone who needs help in voting or elections processes in a language other than English. Telephone interpretation is available in any language and there are bilingual elections staff. 

Multnomah County Elections wants all voters to be able to vote easily, privately and independently, understand the steps in voting, understand elections rules, and know who to ask for help. Each voter’s situation can be different. More information is available on the county’s website.

Disability & Employment: Access, Accommodation and the ADA is topic for October 30 panel discussion

To celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, there will be a “Disability & Employment: Access, Accommodation and the ADA” panel discussion on Monday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The panel with community members and City staff with disabilities will share tips for having accommodation needs met, what employers should know to be welcoming and more. 

The forum will be in the Office of Equity and Human Rights Steele Room on the fifth floor of the Commonwealth Building, 421 S.W. 6th Avenue. Anyone with questions or a request for accommodations may call Joanne Johnson at 503-823-9970 or by emailing joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov.

This venue is wheelchair accessible. As per city code, it is also a scent-free even. Attendees are requested to please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, or other scented products.

The Commonweath Building is between Washington and Stark Streets, on 6th Avenue, near multiple downtown Portland bus and Max lines. Visit www.trimet.org for more information on transit options.

The 33rd Annual Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony will be November 14 at IRCO

The City of Portland’s Mayor and Commissioners invite Portlanders to join them in recognizing and celebrating the 33rd Annual Spirit of Portland Awards winners on Tuesday, November 14th. City Council presents the Spirit of Portland Awards each year to individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to our community.

For information, please go to www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/sop or call Marco Mejia at 503-823-3093. Information is also available by emailing spiritofportland@portlandoregon.gov.

Applications to be accepted October 16-30 for affordable housing at Garlington Place

Cascadia Behavioral Health is building an innovative, community-centered campus in the heart of Northeast Portland's historic Albina distict. Beginning February 2018, the campus will be home to Garlington Place, a new 52-unit apartment building providing affordable housing for Veterans and displaced North/Northeast Portland community members.

Thirty-one of the apartment homes will be reserved for households that apply through the N/NE Preference Policy. The Portland Housing Bureau will be accepting N/NE preference applications for Garlington Place from October 16, 2017 through October 30, 2017. To learn more, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB/Garlington.

The N/NE Preference Policy gives priority to housing applicants with generational ties to N/NE Portland (current and former residents of areas that were subject to high levels of urban renewal, and their descendants). Applicants can receive “preference points” based on their current or historic residency within an area where past City plans had a destabilizing effect on long-term residents, as well as the current or former residency of their parent/guardian or grandparent. Click here for a map of eligible areas. 

Apply online, in person at a designated application site, or request an application in the mail. For assistance: Email: PHBwaitlist@portlandoregon.gov | Helpline: 503-823-4147.

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.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays 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 available for downloading in an e-publication format for reading on a tablet, smart phone, digital reader or computer.