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Disability NEWS – June 20, 2018

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June 20, 2018

  • Disability and Health Data System can provide disability data at a user’s fingertips

  • Ride Connection holding “Mobility For All Workshop” to help find transportation resources

  • Oregon Health & Science University presents "At the Frontier & Beyond: MS 2018" symposium

  • Applications now being accepted for 2019 Metro Central Community Enhancement Grants

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

  • Portland Deaf Night Out will be July 7th at the Century Sports Bar

  • NAMI Multnomah announces Peer Support Specialist Training to begin in July

  • FACT Oregon’s 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth will be held on August 11th

  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Disability and Health Data System can provide disability data at a user’s fingertips

Adults with disabilities experience significant health disparities compared to adults without disabilities. To improve the health of this population, state epidemiologists, researchers and public health professionals need access to accurate and timely data to inform their state’s health promotion activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) to provide quick and easy access to data on demographics and health information for adults with disabilities. DHDS has been updated with 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. This includes for the first time hearing disability data, and an updated look and feel that makes it easy for users to find the information they need to help improve the health and well-being of adults with disabilities. 

To help people learn more about DHDS, the CDC’s Disability and Health Branch, in collaboration with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will host two webinars on using DHDS. The two webinars are:

Beginner’s Guide to DHDS — This course is for users who want to learn the basics of using DHDS to investigate health differences between adults with and without disabilities. It will be Thursday, June 21, from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. Register here.

DHDS: Beyond the Basics — For users who want to explore more advanced features, learn tips about utilizing the data currently available in the system, and see examples of how the data can be used to plan for disability inclusive programs and services. It will be available on Tuesday, June 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. Register here.

Please visit CDC’s Disability and Health website to learn more about CDC’s efforts to improve the health of people with disabilities. 

Ride Connection holding “Mobility For All Workshop” to help find transportation resources

Come out and learn about an exciting new tool to help persons with disabilities, older adults and other populations with transportation challenges find the resources they need in the Portland Metro Region on Friday, June 22. The “Mobility For All Workshop” will be held in Council Chambers at Oregon METRO, 600 Northeast Grand Avenue, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ride Connection, in collaboration with a team of state and regional stakeholders, is completing a planning study to bring a new technology to the Portland region. Dubbed a “One-Call One-Click” system, its goal is to bring all the available resources to a single database that can be accessed on-line, by telephone, and by smartphone. 

Persons faced with challenges finding transportation, their allies, community leaders, advocates, case workers, transportation provides and others who work with or care for persons needing assistance finding transportation should attend.

Registration is free and attendees are asked to confirm attendance by emailing kchambers@rideconnection.com.

This workshop, the culmination of a two-year project, represents a vital opportunity to bring stakeholders together and chart the course for creating a platform that supports mobility for all. See the project documents at bit.ly/ococ-plan.

Oregon Health & Science University presents "At the Frontier & Beyond: MS 2018" symposium

Join Oregon Health & Science University for “At the Frontier & Beyond: MS 2018,” an educational half-day symposium on Saturday, June 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees will be provided with practical information about managing, treating, and living with multiple sclerosis. The symposium will be at the Double Tree Hotel, 1000 N.E. Multnomah Street.

Vijayshree Yadav, MD, Clinical Director for OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center, will open the event at 9 a.m. The topics to be covered will be about Clinical Cannabis, Hormones and MS, and an Update on Treatment and Research.

More information about “At the Frontier & Beyond: MS 2018” is available on OHSU’s website, including links to learn more and register. Please call 503-494-7661 or email chrisdaw@ohsu.edu with any questions.

Applications now being accepted for 2019 Metro Central Community Enhancement Grants

Do you have ideas about how to enhance your community? Metro has nearly $240,000 available in community enhancement grants for Northwest Portland neighborhoods to build vibrant communities, protect clean air and water, maintain healthy ecosystems and improve regional equity.

What types of projects get funded? Successful proposals strongly meet one or more of the following program goals: 

  • Benefit youth, seniors, low income persons or underserved populations
  • Improve the appearance or environmental quality of the community
  • Reduce the amount or toxicity of waste
  • Increase reuse and recycling opportunities
  • Rehabilitate or upgrade real or personal property owned or operated by a nonprofit organization
  • Preserve or enhance wildlife, riparian zones, wetlands, forest lands and marine areas, and/or improve the public awareness and the opportunities to enjoy them.
  • Improve or increase recreational areas and programs
  • Improve safety

Applications are due by midnight, Friday, September 15, 2018. To learn more visit the website at OregonMetro.gov/MetroCentralGrants. You may download the 2018 grant application handbook at the bottom of the web page under "Related documents."

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.

Portland Deaf Night Out will be July 7th at the Century in southeast Portland

The Oregon Association of the Deaf reports that Portland Deaf Night Out (Portland DNO) is being held on Saturday, July 7th, and is open to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing allies. It will be from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Century Sports Bar, 930 Southeast Sandy Boulevard. 

The Century Sports Bar (21+ only) has a variety of drinks (beer, cocktails and wine) a typical bar menu. Portland DNO doesn't have reservations but will meet at the outdoor patio upstairs or inside where the white tables are. Read more on the Portland DNO Facebook page.

NAMI Multnomah announces Peer Support Specialist Training to begin in July

NAMI Multnomah, in partnership with Multnomah County, offers a Peer Support Specialist (PSS) Training four times per year. The Summer 2018 Training is set to begin Friday, July 20, with applications open until Friday, June 29. This is an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved training for adults in Mental Health recovery.

Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections is a 50-hour comprehensive training program designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers within peer-delivered services, assisting individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addition(s), co-occurring disorder(s), and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support. 

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives. 

In order to be eligible for this no-cost training, participants must identify as a person currently or formerly receiving mental health and/or addictions services, and/or identify as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of mental health and/or addiction services. They also must live, work and/or volunteer in Multnomah County. Please note, participants will need to be able to attend each and every day of training in order to be eligible.

FACT Oregon’s 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth will be held on August 11th

FACT Oregon’s 2018 All Ability Tri4Youth will be held Saturday, August 11,with opening ceremonies beginning at 9 a.m. The second All Ability Tri4Youth is a fully accessible, all ability triathlon open to youth, ages 8 to 26, with and without disabilities.

The All Ability Tri4Youth is a fun, safe, accessible event with an emphasis on inclusion and community building. From a triathlon course that has been successfully tested by youth to fully accessible facilities, great music, food, and lots to celebrate, participants will create lifelong memories on this special day.

Athletes can participate as an individual athlete, a youth team, or a family team. The options are endless! Interested in learning more? Visit FACT’s Tri4Youth website. Great, inexpensive hotel options available for out of town families! Register for the All Ability Tri4Youth here.

The Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex is the site for the event. The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Districts facility is at 15707 S.W. Walker Road in the Beaverton area.

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.