Connecting Communities seeks to be a valuable connection between the disability community and the resources they have available to grow their voice in the greater community. We hope that the resources listed below will empower you to lead an independent, self-directed life here in Portland and beyond.
Healthcare access for policymakers
The Executive Summary from the National Council on Disability regarding access to healthcare at the level for policy makers and healthcare organizations and professionals is available.
The report covers issues aspects about our national goal of full integration and participation of Americans with disabilities, including highlighting the importance of the US ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report also covers health care and the Affordable Care Act.
The 31 Recommendations arising from this report are for the President and Congress.
Consumer Resource Centers for the Affordable Care Act (in English and Spanish)
The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched Consumer Resource Centers for the Affordable Care Act in English and Spanish . These are nationwide resources, so pass them along to colleagues, organizations and friends in all state.
Job opening: Oregon Office on Disability and Health
Program Coordinator: Work within Oregon’s public health arena to build state-wide capacity for addressing various disability and health issues. (full time position)
Sample duties include:
a) Coordinate with State Emergency Management and disability networks to increase emergency preparedness efforts regarding the needs of people with disabilities.
b) Coordinate and conduct Emergency Preparedness Train-the-Trainer activities in partnership with county and state agencies, CILs and other disability service providers.
c) Coordination of data collection and evaluation efforts with disability networks and state partners.
d) Assist with other projects related to” improving access to health care” and work with key state and county partners, i.e., the Oregon Health Authority, state-wide public health departments, medical providers, etc.
For qualification requirements, additional duties and information and/or to apply, please visit:
This position has been posted online under IRC41370 with position number A64618.04 and will close December 13, 2013.
Two positions open at Disability Rights Oregon:
Information and Referral Assistant: (2 positions available)
The Information and Referral (I&R) Assistant plays a critical role in providing services to individuals and family members seeking assistance from DRO. The I&R Assistants are the first contact for the thousands of people served by DRO each year. An I&R Assistant’s responsibilities range from screening callers and directing them to the appropriate staff person to providing information and referral resources based on each caller’s unique needs. In addition, the I&R Assistants help to maintain DRO’s professional office by managing the equipment and supplies, filing case files for DRO attorneys and providing overall office clerical support.
Essential Functions/Principal Accountabilities
Greet clients and guests.
Answer telephones, direct callers to appropriate staff person, take messages when needed.
Retrieve and direct or respond to voice mail messages.
When caller is seeking DRO services, screen for intake: provide appropriate information and referrals or obtain client information for intake.
Stay informed of resources and tools for information and referral.
Enter all intake and client callers into database.
Direct emails and faxes to the appropriate staff.
Open and distribute mail, prepare outgoing mail and packages, maintain postage machine.
Maintain DRO mailing lists and update database as needed.
File closed case files.
Perform general office support duties, including document preparation, making copies, and copier and printer troubleshooting.
Maintain the file room, workroom, printer stations, conference/meeting rooms, and front office.
Keep equipment and supplies organized and stocked.
Troubleshoot issues with office equipment.
Record receipt of all library materials and publications and maintain publication log.
Keep DRO publications and fact sheets up-to-date and available for clients and others seeking information about DRO and its services.
Assist with financial and banking activities, including recording receipt of checks, stamping checks for deposit, and making bank deposits.
Participate in Intake Team and all-staff meetings.
Special projects as requested by other staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Exceptional attendance and punctuality.
Because DRO is a nonprofit law office, many tasks will be urgent. Candidates should be able to remain calm and effective under short timelines.
This position will work in concert with the other I&R Assistant and very closely with other DRO staff. The successful candidate will have a proven record of working cooperatively and effectively with other staff. .
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Reader, email programs, and databases.
Excellent word processing and document preparation skills, including formatting and proofreading correspondence, reports and presentations.
Careful attention to detail and data entry accuracy.
Ability to conduct rapid and accurate research, online and in DRO’s file server, to access information for clients.
Experience working with people in crisis situations.
Ability to handle difficult situations that may arise at the front desk.
Strong organizational skills.
Clear communication and patience in working with clients and staff.
Courteousness and empathy for clients and their situations.
High School Diploma or equivalent.
One to two years of related office experience.
Interest in nonprofits, social justice, disability rights, or related area.
Strongest consideration will be given to candidates with the following skills:
Ability to speak and write in English and Spanish fluently (alternatively, we will consider candidates who are bilingual in Russian, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, or other language common in Oregon.)
Experience working with people with disabilities.
Hours and Compensation:
This position works 35 hours a week, Monday – Friday from 9 am – Noon and 1– 5 pm.
Starting pay for this position is from $12.00 to $15.00 per hour, depending on qualifications.
Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick time and a cash fringe benefit that can be applied to DRO medical insurance premiums, retirement plan contributions, dependent care and transportation and other eligible expenses.
Email a resume, a cover letter that clearly explains why you want to work for Disability Rights Oregon and that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position, and an application form (available at http://www.droregon.org/about-us/employment). Application materials should be sent to: email@example.com with the position title in the subject line. Interviews will begin as resumes are received and qualified candidates identified. The application period will close when both positions have been filled or no later than Friday December 13
Full description: Entry Level Positions Available at Disability Rights Oregon (2)
NCIL Requests Participation on Survey of Disability Employment
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) invites your participation in (and distribution of) a survey on disability and employment. The survey takes about 10 minutes, and everyone who completes it has the option to be entered for a chance to win $500.
The survey questions have the power to shape debate about disability policy. Power and control of policies can be ours, but we need strong participation from the grassroots disability community to ensure the results are valid.
The results of this poll will be shared with the White House, all 50 Governors, top media, disability groups, and more!
Please share the survey with your Twitter, Facebook and email followers.
The results of each individual will be confidential, but the overall results will be made public.
For further information, please contact Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-365-0787.
Oregon Office on Disability and Health Research Survey Invitation
As a part of the disability community (you may be a friend, neighbor, relative, or caregiver of someone with a disability), you are invited to participate in a health survey for persons with disabilities.
The purpose of this survey is to understand the health of people with disabilities (PWD), their families, and others. We want to know the differences in the health of PWD and people who do not experience disability. We are asking for your help as part of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
By completing this short and anonymous survey, you will provide important information to assist us in learning about the health of PWD in Oregon and help improve the health of Oregonians. In 2014, a comprehensive report reflecting what was collected in this survey will be available on our website, www.oodh.org.
Your participation in this research survey is completely voluntary. If you take the survey, you may skip any questions and you may quit at any time. Your answers will remain anonymous. We do not ask your name or any identifying information about you. If you have any questions regarding this survey now or in the future, contact the Principal Investigator Elena Andresen at 503-494-2275 or email@example.com.
Please click on the link to begin the survey. It should take 15-20 minutes. http://OODH.HealthAssessment.sgizmo.com/s3/
Thank you for your participation. Please forward this e-mail to others you think would be interested.
- Portland Habilitation Center
- Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Easter Seals Oregon
- DePaul Industries
- AVITA Biz
- Inclusion, Inc.
- Independent Living Resources
- Oregon Commission for the Blind
- Oregon Office on Disability & Health (OHSU)
- Blue-Path Directory of Accessible Businesses
Community & Culture
- City of Portland Disability Program
- Portland Commission on Disability
- PHAME Academy
- Disability Art & Culture Project
- Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
- Access Recreation