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Disability NEWS – June 6, 2018

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June 6, 2018

  • June’s Accessibility Tip of the Month celebrates fragrance free policies and practices
  • Disability Rights Oregon wants input from Oregonians with Disabilities about their needs
  • Parent Rights in Special Education Webinars on June 13th to discuss healthy IEP team dynamics
  • Two national surveys looking for input from people with disabilities and caregivers
  • Portland Commission on Disability monthly meeting is this Friday, June 8th
  • The June 16th NW Deaf Arts Festival is a celebration of Deaf Cultural Diversity
  • MULTCO’s IDDS is hosting Dia de La Familia: A Family Networking and Training Event
  • NAMI announces a free Recovery Education Course starting June 29th
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

June’s Accessibility Tip of the Month celebrates fragrance free policies and practices

The City of Portland Disability Program’s access tip of the month is a popular resource on its website and is featuring “Be Free – Fragrance Free” for June. The tip provides information, tips, and tricks for being fragrance free, while debunking some harmful myths about this essential part of access for all.

For some, a fragrance-free policy helps them avoid a headache or the annoyance of sitting next to someone who has a different idea of what constitutes “enough” perfume or aftershave. Avoiding fragrances is critical to maintaining health and well-being for a number of people.

To find out more about being fragrance free and myths about a scent-free world, please visit the Disability Program Tip of the Month website.

Disability Rights Oregon wants input from Oregonians with Disabilities about their needs

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) would like to hear from Oregonians with Disabilities about their needs. This input shapes DRO’s decisions about how to best focus its resources in the coming year, and impacts the goals and priorities of the organization.

Participants in the survey can share their feedback through this 10 to 15 minute survey by clicking this link. Anyone who needs an alternate format to complete this survey, may contact DRO at 503-243-2081 or 800-452-1694 or by going to welcome@droregon.org.

Every year, DRO gathers feedback from Oregonians about the needs of people with disabilities. Its current priorities are available at https://droregon.org/what-we-do/goals-and-priorities/.

Parent Rights in Special Education Webinars on June 13th to discuss healthy IEP team dynamics

Join FACT Oregon on June 13th for a discussion of healthy Individualized Education Program (IEP) team dynamics, maximizing a parent’s participation and approaches to resolving disagreements. The webinars are being held from noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. The Parent Rights in Special Education webinars are free for parents of students with disabilities.

Learn about available formal dispute resolution options, including mediation, state complaints, and due process hearings. Get your questions answered. Register here and select the afternoon or evening session.

It is strongly recommended that participants already have an understanding of the IEP process prior to registering for this training. This is not an introductory special education training.

FACT Oregon is the state’s federally-designated parent training and information center on issues related to special education. As a family leadership organization, everything FACT Oregon offers is created by parents for parents in order to help other parents dream big for their child’s future. FACT’s mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families.

Two national surveys looking for input from people with disabilities and caregivers

A survey to understand reproductive health in women with disabilities and another about caregiving experiences have been developed by the University of Utah (U of U) College of Nursing for research studies.

  • Women with disabilities are being asked to participate in a health survey to learn more about the reproductive health and life plans of women with physical, cognitive, or intellectual disabilities. It is an online survey to be taken individually, with someone the participant knows, or with help from U of U nursing staff. Women who take the survey will have the chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. The survey is available online or by emailing urad@utah.edu. Call Lauren Clark, RN at 801-581-8576 or Sara Simonsen, CNM at 801-595-9360. for more information or with any questions.
  • Understanding Giver Self-Care Strategies is the second survey for individuals over the age of 18 caring for persons with a cognitive disability. There is a short online survey about the caregiver and their experiences. After completing the survey, there is an opportunity to take part in the second portion of the study over the internet or by phone. Names will not be collected and all information collected is directly entered into a secure database. The survey link will provide further information for perspective participants. Lauren Clark, RN, PhD may be contacted regarding the caregiver survey by calling 801-581-8576 or emailing caregiverstudy@utah.edu.

Portland Commission on Disability monthly meeting is this Friday, June 8th

The Portland Commission on Disability (PCOD) monthly meeting is this Friday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The meeting is open to the public in the Steel/Bridge Room at the Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), Commonwealth Building, 5th floor, 421 S.W. 6th Avenue in downtown Portland.

There will be a report from OEHR Interim Director Koffi Dessou, committee updates, several presentations, liaison reports, discussion, and general housekeeping. There is also time set aside for public comment and announcements. PCOD will meet in subcommittees following the scheduled break from noon to 12:15 p.m. The complete agenda is available online.

ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided. Other accommodations are available on request. Please notify the commission in advance of scheduled events if accommodations or translations are needed. Because some accommodations take time to arrange, it is suggested to provide at least three business days’ notice. To make requests, file complaints, or for additional information, please contact Nickole Cheron by emailing nickole.cheron@portlandoregon.gov or calling 503.823.4938. Use City TTY 503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

The mission of PCOD is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all. The commission was established by City Council resolution in 2008. To learn more about PCOD, and its work, visit its web pages on the OEHR website.

The June 16th NW Deaf Arts Festival is a celebration of Deaf Cultural Diversity

On June 16th, 2018, history will be made as the Northwest Deaf Arts Festival (NWDAF) will bring together top national Deaf artists who share a passion for an inclusive and innovative multi-sensory cultural extravaganza made equally accessible for Deaf and Hearing allies.

For the first time in recent times, Portland Oregon will be placed on the map as a premiere destination for national and emerging local Deaf talent who will perform live on stage, backed by the latest sound visualization and tactile technologies. The festival line up includes nationally renowned Deaf hip-hop artist Sean Forbes (Deaf & Loud/DPAN), dance sensation Antoine Hunter (Urban Jazz Dance), immersive multimedia performer Myles de Bastion & award winning poet Raymond Luczak.

NWDAF will be held at Mississippi Studios in the heart of Portland's Historic Mississippi District. The studios are at 3939 North Mississippi Avenue in Portland.

The festival is offering both a Family-friendly Matinee Show as well as an adult-only 21+ Evening Show. To attend both shows and receive an exclusive invite to the Aftershow Party, a limited number of VIP All Day Passport tickets are available. More information about NWDAF is available at http://www.nwdeafartsfest.com. Inquiries may be emailed to info@cymaspace.org or by calling 971-319-4954.

NWDAF is produced by CymaSpace, a Portland based nonprofit consisting of passionate community advocates who volunteer year-round to facilitate cultural events inclusive of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. The work of CymaSpace has been featured nationally on Jimmy Kimmel Live and in prominent local institutions such as Portland Art Museum and Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).

MULTCO’s IDDS is hosting Dia de La Familia: A Family Networking and Training Event

Multnomah County’s Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services (IDDS) and Bien Estar De La Familia, in partnership with Padres en AcciÛn and Disability Rights Oregon, is hosting "Dia de La Familia", a Family Networking and Training Event on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 4927 NE 55th Avenue.

The day's program includes trainings in Spanish on: Eligibility for IDD Services, How to Access In-home Supports, Understanding My ISP, Planning for Transitions for early childhood and High School Transition, Immigration Services and Employment First, a presentation and panel discussion on Employment Services.

The day will also include family networking opportunities, children's activities, a raffle and prizes. A light breakfast and a Mexican cuisine lunch are included. For more information call 503-988-4584

NAMI announces a free Recovery Education Course starting June 29th

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multnomah has scheduled its Summer Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education class to start on June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. through August 17. The class is offered at no cost, but pre-registration is required.

It will be taught by trained NAMI peer mentors who have their own lived experience with mental illness. To register for the class, call the NAMI Multnomah HelpLine at 503-228-5692.

This is an opportunity to be in a relaxed, confidential setting and share experiences with peers who are also working on their recovery. Participants can gain a further understanding about mental health, knowledge and skills to help cope with difficult circumstances. They may also learn how to actively participate in their treatment plan and how to strengthen interpersonal relationships. 

NAMI Multnomah is the Portland affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and one of 1,100 nationwide affiliates of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

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.