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Disability NEWS – November 1, 2017

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November 1, 2017

In this issue…

  • AAPD Summer Internship Program applications need to be submitted by November 6th
  • Portland Deaf Night Out will be November 4th at the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill
  • Adaptive Cyclists! Bicycle Advisory Committee is recruiting new members!
  • UCP of Oregon & SW Washington’s Skate Night is at Oaks Park on November 17
  • Cascade Aids Project to receive Spirit of Portland Award for Access and Disability Justice
  • Community members sought for new city advisory committee about land use planning
  • “Including Disability in the Equity Conversation” is topic of YWCA Social Justice Training
  • Friends of Oregon School for the Deaf is recruiting for its volunteer working board
  • HLAA-Portland November Meeting will discuss assistive listening devices
  • FACT Oregon’s Holiday Party is December 2nd at the Portland Children’s Museum
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

AAPD Summer Internship Program applications need to be submitted by November 6th

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is conducting a Summer Internship Program and applications are being accepted until November 6. Since 2002, the AAPD Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. 

Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing. 

At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in a one-week orientation session to learn about AAPD and the disability rights movement, meet the other interns, and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, briefings, and more. 

To learn more about the AAPD Summer Internship Program and to apply, visit the program’s website.

Portland Deaf Night Out will be November 4th at the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill

The Portland Deaf Night Out (Portland DNO) event is being held on Saturday, November 4th, and is open to all Deaf, Hard of Harding and Hearing allies. It will be from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Kingston Sports Bar & Grill, 2021 S.W. Morrison Street.

From the event’s Facebook post, the organizers note DNO has made reservations and attendees may just walk inside, then turn right. The group will be at the back on the lower level. The only precaution is to look for flying hands.

DNO is mostly for adults 21 and over. The group has another event called DDO (Deaf Day Out) that is a family-friendly event for all ages. Read more on the Portland DNO Facebook page.

Adaptive Cyclists! Bicycle Advisory Committee is recruiting new members!

New members are being recruited for the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) that advises the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments on matters relating to bicyclists. The BAC is seeking a diverse group of people to represent all Portland communities and neighborhoods. The open application period closes on November 3.

The committee wishes to expand its diversity further by reaching out to bicyclists from a variety of backgrounds from all areas of Portland. They are especially interested in representatives of the adaptive cycling community. Adaptive cyclists have unique perspectives and challenges that may not be well understood by most bicyclists and bicycle advocates. 

BAC is a volunteer organization that works on issues that impact and are related to bicycling. BAC members serve 3-year terms, during which they are expected to attend monthly meetings at City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. It is comprised of 13 volunteer members and seven 7 volunteer alternate members, appointed by the Transportation Commissioner.

Applications are being accepted from now until November 3rd at 5pm. Anyone interested may download a printable application or apply online. To learn more, visit the BAC website.

UCP of Oregon & SW Washington’s Skate Night is at Oaks Park on November 17

United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and Southwest Washington (UCP) is conducting an inclusive and free skate night at Oaks Park Roller Rink on November 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. All mobility devices will be allowed on the rink’s floor. The roller rink is at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way.

UCP’s friends from the Rose City Rollers will be there to help with skating tips or pushing participants. This is a very popular annual event and is open to all. For more information, visit the UCP event listing on its website

Cascade Aids Project to receive Spirit of Portland Award for Access and Disability Justice

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. The award event will be at the Immigrant Community Organization’s community center, 10301 N.E. Glisan Street, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

The Access and Disability Justice Award will be given to the Cascade Aids Project which works to prevent the spread of HIV, reduce stigma, and provide services to those living with HIV so that they can lead productive lives. While recognizing that HIV can affect anyone, CAP is dedicated to reaching people those hardest hit by the epidemic such as gay and bi men, trans individuals, and communities of color within their unique cultural context. For 32 years, CAP has played a vital role in the health of our community.

About this year’s awards, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has noted, “This annual awards ceremony formally recognizes and honors some of Portland’s most active and engaged community members for their outstanding contributions and hard work in the arts & culture, environmental, equity, and social justice issues. This year also we are recognizing those Standing Up for Love against Hate.”

Community members sought for new city advisory committee for land use planning

Anyone who is interested about being involved in the city’s plans for change, its long-range planning and equitable/transparent public processes, is encouraged to volunteer and serve on the Community Involvement Committee. The deadline for applications will be November 20th at 9 .am.

The CIC will review projects that make changes to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map, which set the rules about how people can build on and use their properties. The committee will advise staff on how to do the best possible community engagement for these projects. The CIC will not, however, decide how the rules are changed or what gets built where.

Committee members will be able to work closely with planners in designing and evaluating processes for land use planning projects. Members will not only direct changes in community involvement practices in land use but develop expertise in land use planning issues, tools and processes as well.

Learn more about the CIC. Questions may be directed to Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or by email at sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov. Interested community members can apply online.

”Including Disability in the Equity Conversation” is topic of YWCA Social Justice Training

The YWCA of Greater Portland is conducting a social justice training on “Including Disability in the Equity Conversation” on Friday, November 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. The training will be at the Multicultural Service Center, 4610 S.E. Belmont Street. Accommodation requests may be made by contacting Aila Hauru at ailah@ywcapdx.org or (503) 294-7480.

Allison Falleur Barber, Samrawit Biyazin and Jennifer Knapp will be presenting at the training to help engage participants in learning from the life experience of people with disabilities. It will cover a range of topics from concrete tips for increasing accessibility to increased risk of abuse to social justice and disability. This conversation is to equip participants to increase their community consciousness and inclusive thinking and actions.

Further information, including registration, is provided on the Including Disability in the Equity Conversation event webpage. This workshop fulfills a requirement for 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training.

The YWCA of Greater Portland is the local affiliate of one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation. Its services extend from Multnomah County to clients from all over Oregon. Their programs span five key areas: Domestic Violence Services, Family Preservation Project, Senior Service, Social Justice and Youth Services.

Friends of Oregon School for the Deaf is recruiting for its volunteer working board

Members to serve on the Friends of Oregon School for the Deaf [http://friendsofosd.org] (FOSD) Board of Directors are being sought who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. The all-volunteer board meets monthly, dedicated to enriching the school’s educational experiences, fostering new relationships between school and community partners and increasing the understanding of and support for Oregon School for the Deaf.

Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of building a strong and effective nonprofit. Anyone interested in applying to become an FOSD board member, may contact FOSD for an application and a detailed description of board member responsibilities.

Founded by a small group of dedicated people in 2006, FOSD was established to support the students at the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). From that beginning, FOSD has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. In 2014, FOSD created an Advisory Council of 15 members.

The Friends of OSD Strategic Plan provides direction as the nonprofit continues to expand. The organization is proud to say that 95 percent of all grants and donations go directly to programs that benefit students.

HLAA-Portland November Meeting will discuss assistive listening devices

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Portland Chapter, will hold its November meeting at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center’s main building, Wistar Morris Room on the ground floor, 1015 NW 22nd at Marshall Street. The meeting is Monday, November 20, and starts at 6:30 p.m.

The November meeting discussion will focus on assistive listening devices and participants are encouraged to bring one that they like for the group discussion.

Monthly chapter meetings are real-time captioned (CART) and there is an induction loop amplification system (usable by wearers of hearing devices equipped with telecoils). ASL is not provided. Meetings are accessible by Tri-Met lines 15 and 77 and the Portland Streetcar, which all stop within two blocks. The membership meetings are on the third Monday, September through May, at Good Samaritan, and are open to all. See hlaa-or.org/portland-chapter.html for more info about HLAA-Portland.

FACT Oregon’s Holiday Party is December 2nd at the Portland Children’s Museum

Goodies, coffee and hot chocolate are being provided at FACT Oregon’s Holiday Party. It is being held at the Children’s Museum on Saturday, December 2. From 8 to 10 a.m., the museum is open especially for FACT Oregon families who may stay and play as long as the museum is open.

The exhibits will be sensory friendly, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with families and taking photos, and there will be milk, cookies and other goodies! The event is free and open to FACT Oregon families and friends.

To learn more about the event and to sign up, please visit the FACT Oregon Holiday Party website.

Please note that people who drive will have to pay for meter parking at the children's Museum. Parking is $1.60 an hour or $4.00/ for all day. The MAX Red and Blue lines provide service at the Zoo/Washington Park stop.

Visit Disability Program Website and Facebook page for more 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.

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.

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