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Disability NEWS – February 7, 2018

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February 7, 2018

  • FACT Oregon has three informative events for parents with a child experiencing disability
  • Disability NEWS to soon feature an Opportunities Section for the disabilities community
  • 2018 Design Challenge for high school students is to make everyday accessible for all
  • Parks’ Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation’s DanceAbility class starts February 14 for children and adults
  • Hearing Loss Association of America’s Portland Chapter monthly meeting to be February 19
  • Brain Injury Connections Northwest offering an educational/information series
  • Free From Falls, a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with MS, starts this month
  • GET REAL, an interactive forum theatre about employment and economic justice, is February 25
  • Register now to participate in FACT and Community Vision’s Dreambuilders Alliance
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

FACT Oregon has three informative events for parents with a child experiencing disability

Training sessions about assistive technology and apps for living, working and learning are being offered during February by FACT Oregon. The sessions will be held in Beaverton, Clackamas and Oregon City. The three sessions will be:

February 8: Assistive Technology: Creating Possibilities! (Beaverton) 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Beaverton High School, 13000 S.W. 2nd Street

February 15: Cognitopia: Apps for Living, Working, and Learning (Clackamas), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Clackamas Education Service District, 13455 S.E. 97th Avenue

February 21: Assistive Technology: Creating Possibilities! (Oregon City) 6 to 8 p.m., Oregon City High School, Room F112, 19761 S. Beavercreek Road

Click the title link to learn more and register for that session. The organization conducts 100+ trainings every year free for families, and also supports access to trainings by hosting webinars and a growing number of online trainings. Find more events and trainings on the FACT Oregon Online Calendar.

FACT Oregon believes in “a whole life” for families and individuals experiencing disability. This means a life that is beautifully ordinary, with close friends and relationships, a good job with a competitive wage, and one in which an individual is a member, participant, and contributor in their community.

Disability NEWS to soon feature an Opportunities Section for the disabilities community

The City of Portland Disability Program gets regular requests from organizations and individuals to connect with people with disabilities with specific skills, areas of expertise, or interests. Soon, we will be trying out a new section to get the word out to the broadest possible audience and to make it easier for people to locate these opportunities in our D-NEWS. Opportunities shared in this section will not screened by the City of Portland Disability Program.

If you would like to share an opportunity in this section, please contact Joanne at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970. Please provide a link to a contact person in the opportunity listing for those interested in learning more to use. The Disability Program is not able offer additional information on these opportunities.

If you share an opportunity, the City of Portland Disability Program will request an update on how things turned out. We may not share every opportunity we receive.

If you take advantage of an opportunity, we look forward to hearing about your experience, positive or negative. The Disability Program invites you to contact Joanne with an update at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970. 

Opportunity seekers and sharers are invited to reach out to the Disability Program for support and disability-related resources at any time.

Remember, contact Joanne at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970 to share opportunities in the NEWS, offer updates on your experience, or request support and disability-related resources.

2018 Design Challenge for high school students is to make everyday accessible for all

The 2018 National High School Design Competition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithstonian Design Museum is a competition that challenges students to make the everyday accessible by considering a place, process, or object they regularly use, identifying a challenge that a user with a disability might have with it. They are to design a solution that addresses that challenge and makes the place, process, or object more accessible for all.

The competition encourages students to be ambitious, innovative, and bold. The design competition is open to all teens ages 13 through 19 years old who are high school students in 9th through 12th grades, or who are homeschooled students working toward a high school degree anywhere in the United States. Participants may enter as an individual or as a team of up to three people. The entry deadline is February 12 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

The National High School Design Competition is organized in two stages. In Stage One, competitors will create and submit their design ideas per the entry requirements. Cooper Hewitt will select three finalists to proceed to Stage Two of the Design Competition. All Stage One entries will be judged anonymously.

During Stage Two, the three finalists will finalize their designs according to the requirements in the National High School Design Competition: Stage Two Brief document, which will be sent only to the selected finalists. Then, finalists will participate in a series of mentoring activities and travel to New York City to present their designs in person to the judges.

For more information about what the winner and three finalists will be awarded; competition rules and conditions; entry requirements; resources, and more, visit the Cooper Hewitt 2018 National High School Design Competition website.

Parks’ Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation’s DanceAbility class starts February 14 for children and adults

Children over age 12 and adults who love to dance are invited to sign up for Portland Park and Recreation’s DanceAbility classes starting February 14. Cathy Coleman of Disability Arts and Culture Project is conducting the class in the Matt Dishman Community Center’s Auditorium at 77 N.E. Knott Street. Dance Ability is one class in the bureau’s Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation program.

Come and join the dance crew for an all-mobilities dance experience each Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. through March 14. This is an opportunity to get up, get grooving and share the joy for dance with friends each week. Register by calling Park and Recreation staff at 503-823-2883.

Hearing Loss Association of America’s Portland Chapter monthly meeting to be February 19

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Portland Chapter, will hold its February meeting in the second floor Conference Room at Good Samaritan Building 2, 1040 N.W. 22nd Avenue at Marshall Street. The meeting is Monday, February 19, and will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The group will gather to conduct the chapter’s business and provide a supportive atmosphere for participants to meet other hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. Guest speakers Andrea Maurer, Au.D. and Dan Cain HASP of Costco will talk about current and anticipated advances in mechanical hearing assistance devices including hearing aids.

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.

Brain Injury Connections Northwest offering an educational/informational series

The first of a four-part educational/informational series is being offered by Brain Injury Connections Northwest for survivors of acquired or traumatic brain injuries on Saturday, February 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The series is titled “CAREGIVERS: How NOT to Lose Yourself Along the Journey” and will be in the Cancer Center Amphitheater at Providence Portland Medical Center, 4805 N.E. Glisan Street.

The caregivers meeting will begin with an introduction of the series, a preview of the presentation for the day, six presentations, discussion with questions and answers, and a wrap up.

The three other series will be:

TEAM BUILDING: Recruiting Your Own ‘A’ Team

MANAGING THE BUREAUCRACY: How to Address Your Legal and Financial Issues

ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES: Education, Vocation, Socialization

For more information about the CAREGIVERS: How NOT to Lose Yourself Along the Journey meeting on February 24, please visit the EventBrite website.

Brain Injury Connections Northwest is an umbrella organization that supports several programs and services that serve the brain injury community in the Portland metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. Its vision is to improve the quality of life of those affected by brain injury.

Free From Falls, a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with MS, starts this month

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland has announced that “Free From Falls” is being offered as an eight-week series from February 26 through April 16. It is a comprehensive fall prevention program for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Michelle Cameron, a neurologist at the Veterans Administration Portland Health Care System, is studying the effects of two methods of fall prevention on reducing falls in people with multiple sclerosis. One group will participate in the Free From Falls eight-week educational and exercise classes.

For more information and to register, please contact Andrea Hildebrand, Research Study Coordinator, at the VA at 503-220-8262, extension 52016.

Michelle H. Cameron, M.D., P.T., a neurologist and physical therapist, is an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University and at the VA Portland Health Care System.

Dr. Cameron provides clinical neurology care to people with MS and related disorders and participates in various other clinical trials of MS treatments. Her research focuses on imbalance and falls in people with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Cameron teaches continuing education courses on balance and falls and courses on the use of physical agents in rehabilitation to providers around the world.

GET REAL, an interactive forum theatre about employment and economic justice, is February 25

REAL: Reject Economic Ableist Limits is staging “GET REAL,” an interactive work-in-progress forum theater about employment and economic justice, on Sunday, February 25. The event is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St #9.

Everyone is invited to learn about economic justice for people with disabilities in Oregon through the forum theater, and cultivate REAL change for our disability community. REAL:Reject Economic Ableist Limits is a program of the Disability Art and Culture Project (DACP).

For accommodations, transit & parking info, and more, visit  “GET REAL”, or contact the DACP at disabilityartculture@gmail.com.

Register now to participate in FACT and Community Vision’s Dreambuilders Alliance

FACT Oregon and Community Vision have announced that the 2018 Spring Session of the Dream Builders Alliance will begin on March 1. This is a collaborative program dedicated to the successful transition from youth to adulthood. It is a two-part program that involves the whole family.

Dream Builders Alliance, a project of Community Vision, Inc., is a grassroots program that provides empowerment, education, community, and transition opportunities to youth ages 16 to 21. This fantastic program works to connect all participants to post-secondary education, housing, and employment options. Participants also receive an introduction to adult support services that emphasize individual choice and full community inclusion.

Part One is the Family Education Series where families learn about important resources regarding the transition from youth to adulthood. It is followed by Part Two where young adults build valuable skills and relationships through thoughtful mentorship.

Limited spaces are available and seminars are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on March 1, 8, 15, 22; April 5 and 12 with dinner being provided. For more information or to apply, please contact Rachel Eaton, program coordinator by emailing reaton@csvision.org or calling her at 503-292-4964, extension 125. It is also possible to apply online at cvision.rg/familyapp/.

To learn more about the Dream Builders Alliance, visit its web page on the Community Vision website.

FACT Oregon’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families. To learn more about FACT and its services, visit its website and its trainings and events calendar.

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.

Please note: This information is available for downloading in an e-publication format for reading on a tablet, smart phone, digital reader or computer.