April 1- DEC Weekly Updates

These activities and events allow us to be in community, feel loved, have our voices heard, and support one another. Hope to see you there!

This week you can jam out with DEC’s Magic Luscious Spirit Sounds Music Collective!

Every first and third Monday of the month

DATES: April 3 and 17
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: In-person at Turn, Turn, Turn (8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211)

AND Virtually over Zoom (click here for link)
Meeting ID: 814 6878 7797
Passcode: 053972

For more info, email Scott at music@disabilityequitycenter.org

This week on Wednesday is also DEC’s Moth Dreams Collaborative Art & Zine, an art meet-up and zine collective!

Every first and third Wednesday of the month

DATES: April 5 and 19
TIME: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
LOCATION: In-person at the Kennedy School in Portland, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

AND Virtually over Zoom (click here for link)
Meeting ID: 974 9088 2507

For more info, email Kate at kate@disabilityequitycenter.org

Extra special announcement! 

NEW Oregon Office on Disability and Health training: Plain Language: Best Communication Practices to Benefit All Learners

DATE: April 12
TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 pm (PST)
LOCATION: Online on Zoom

This training is developed by the Oregon Office on Disability and Health, in partnership with Comagine Health, and is open to program coordinators, facilitators, and peer leaders. All are welcome!

To register, click here.

Disability Culture and Pride Building

Check out Cornerstone’s Living Studios latest exhibit, Walk This Way

Walk This Way opens Wednesday, April 5th, and includes an artists’ reception from 12 – 2 p.m on April 12th. The exhibition runs through Friday, May 5. The Cannon Gallery of Art is located in Western Oregon University’s Campbell Hall and is open Monday – Friday, 9 – 5 or by appointment. Contact Gallery Director, Paula Booth with any questions: 503-838-8607 or boothp@wou.edu.

DATES: April 5 – May 5
TIME: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: The Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University’s Campbell Hall
RECEPTION DATE AND TIME: April 12, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Special Olympics Oregon Get Together and Fundraiser

Head over to Papa’s Pizza in Corvallis this Tuesday 4/4 for a Special Olympics Oregon get together and fundraiser for Benton County athletes, families, volunteers and supporters. They are in the process of planning the summer season and have updates to share here. Please print out the flyer and present it when ordering at Papa’s Pizza.

The get together is a chance to meet with other athletes and coaches to celebrate the Winter season and get excited for the upcoming summer season.

This is a fundraiser, food and drink purchases are at the guests expense.

Summer Season sign-ups will be open from 4/3-4/15. Summer season information is available on our webpage (bocce, track, softball, golf).

See more info on their website at http://soor.org/benton

 April 4
TIME: 6:00 pm (get together)
LOCATION: Papa’s Pizza (address: 1030 SW 3rd St. Corvallis)

Adventures Without Limits is working to get the word out about their upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall next month. 

This 3-night film festival is their largest fundraiser of the year and is critical in supporting efforts to provide accessible and inclusive outdoor adventures for all. Please spread the word!!

Health, Wellness, and Navigation Support

Here is some important information on SNAP benefits and food security: More than 720,000 Oregonians rely on the federal food Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to eat. In April 2020, after the pandemic hit and many people lost wages and jobs, federal authorities increased monthly SNAP benefits by nearly 70% to an average of nearly $450 per household a month. But in March, those monthly emergency funds will go away, reducing the average benefit to nearly $270 a month for about 410,000 households.

To sign up for SNAP, go to benefits.oregon.gov or call 800-699-9075 or TTY 71, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find food resources go to or call:

DEC’s Wednesday Wellness Support is FULL

Stay tuned for other online opportunities for art and mindfulness.If youneed some community and support to feel more connected, grounded, and loved, you can still connect with DEC.

Please email corvallisdisabilityjustice@gmail.com or text 404-825-4524. We are here for you!

Opportunities for Learning and Social Justice

You are invited to join Oregon Department of Human Services APD leadership for updates on the 2023 Legislative Session from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific every other Wednesday. 

Below is information on how to join and information on future meetings.

WHAT: Legislative Activity Update Meeting for APD Community Members  
DATES: April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 21
TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Online on zoom

How to join: Register for the meeting series using this link https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcuutqD8rE7l_gqVTurc4ac23U5WYIfo

Accessibility: Live captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. For questions about accessibility, please send an email to apd.communications@odhsoha.oregon.gov.

Final meeting in the series: A final update meeting about the 2023 Legislative Session will be on June 28. To register for the June 28 meeting use this link https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItceyrqz4jHU4xKYR21tSyvFtfL99LX1g.

Building a Trauma Informed Community: a Free Spring Training Series. Register today!

Six 90-minute sessions, Held on Zoom, Thursday Mornings; 9:30-11:00am, Starts Thursday, April 6

This cross-sector trauma informed care training will guide participants beyond the introduction to traumatic stress and awareness of adverse childhood experiences. Topics include: trauma, resilience, managing stress, trauma informed care, health equity, operationalizing systems change, and caring for yourself and others as part of a larger system of care. CEU Certificates Available! To register or with questions, email Caitlin Young: cyoung@trilliumfamily.org

Linn Benton Health Equity Alliance is offering the chance for people to become qualified healthcare interpreters. 

Please see more info here: Free Qualified Healthcare Interpreter Training

Here is the latest from FACT Oregon: Upcoming Trainings Próximas capacitaciones

DD Coalition Grassroots Oregon (GO!) Project 

The Oregon DD Coalition created the Grassroots Oregon (GO!) Project in July 2004 to connect regional advocates, identify issues of concern in communities statewide, and provide technical assistance regarding issues related to individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Learn more here: GO! Project | Oregon DD Coalition (orddcoalition.org)

Here is a PAID interview opportunity from community member Laura Rodriguez who is a student researcher at Portland State University. 

Image description: Flyer showing illustrated people sitting at a table with a computer. Each person is various skin tones and are wearing pink shirts and dark colored pants. Below them, in the center of the flyer is a BIPOC LGBTQAI+ flag. There is text on the flyer describing the interview and compensation.
Image description: Flyer showing illustrated people sitting at a table with a computer. Each person is various skin tones and are wearing pink shirts and dark colored pants. Below them, in the center of the flyer is a BIPOC LGBTQAI+ flag. There is text on the flyer describing the interview and compensation.

Please see the attached flyer for this info in another format as well:

I’m looking for folks who want to share their story of looking for work or experiences at work for my dissertation project. My study is about understanding the experiences, good and bad, of women of color or non-binary people of color with intellectual disabilities when looking for work or working. 

Your story is important! What I want to understand:

  • Your story of looking for a job.
  • What has helped you get a job?
  • What would make finding a job easier for you?

What will happen in the study?

  • You will have a one-on-one interview with me. A shorter second interview may happen if I need to ask any follow-up questions.
  • You can always have a friend or family member with you during the interviews.  
  • You can do the interview over video (Zoom), phone, or in-person. Depending on what you want.      
  • The 1st interview will take 1 hour. If there is a 2nd interview it will be 30 minutes.
  • Everything you say will be private and confidential. You can stop at any time and it will not harm you or the services you receive. 
  • You will get a $40 Starbucks, Amazon or Target gift card for the interview.

If you want more information about this study, please contact Laura Rodriguez by email rodrig29@pdx.edu or cell phone (971)264-1257. THANK YOU!

Please remember to save the date for Keys for the People: A BIPOC-Centered Housing Festival (formerly ‘Keys for the Culture’)

DATE: April 29
TIME: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Corvallis Community Center (C3) 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330

This event is the second annual BIPOC-centered housing festival, and our community partners are delighted to build on the success of their prior event and make an even bigger impact. Please spread the word!

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