DEC Events + Halloween Party 10/30

Join DEC at C3 for an afternoon of fabulous fall fun! This event is FREE and open to teens and adults in the disability community and their allies and friends. It is on Sunday, October 30th from 3-6pm. Hope to see you at C3 at the end of the month! C3 is located at 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330. See the attached flyers for more information. 

Have questions? Need help?
Contact Kate:

DEC Music and Art Events

Join DEC’s Magic Luscious Spirit Sounds Music Collective! Come make some noise!

When: The first and third Monday of every month!
Where: In-person at Turn, Turn, Turn (8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211)
AND Virtually over Zoom: Click here to join
Meeting ID: 814 6878 7797
Passcode: 053972

For more info, email Scott at

Also don’t forget about DEC’s Moth Dreams Collaborative Art & Zine, an art meet-up and zine collective

When: The first and third Wednesday of every month!
Where: In-person now at the Kennedy School in Portland, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
AND Virtually over Zoom: Click here to join
Meeting ID: 974 9088 2507

For more info, email Kate at

Opportunities for learning and social justice

Unraveling Ableism is back for a second year in a row on October 19 from 10a to 12pm.

LaVant Consulting, Inc.’s signature program Unraveling Ableism is back for a second year in a row. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Unraveling Ableism will provide a framework for tackling ableism through three crash courses about disability culture and belonging – free of charge.

Ableism is the discrimination and social prejudice against disabled people. Addressing its effects is an ongoing practice. This year’s Unraveling Ableism program will focus on ableism as it manifests in our language, workplaces, and topical cultural trends.

Unraveling Ableism will feature three crash courses hosted by LCI’s Lead Consultants:
– Watch Your Mouth! Building Trust Through Language
– Beyond the Ramp: Fostering an Equitable Workplace Culture (NEW!)
– How Not to Get Canceled: Disability Community and Culture Trends for 2023 (NEW!)   

Click here to register on Zoom 

The Disability Health & Employment Equity Coalition of Oregon is a group of stakeholders personally invested in the health and prosperity of the disability community. 

The coalition will reintroduce SB584 from the 2021 legislative session during next year’s long legislative session. As many of you know, Medicaid and the Americans with Disabilities Act help people with disabilities but also create a cycle of poverty and exclusion that contributes to poor health. Through state-level system and policy changes, we strive to create equity in health and employment so the disability community can thrive and prosper in health and wealth.

Please join by supporting this legislation!
– Share our work with your networks and request their support of this legislation.
– Share your story of how systemic barriers have prevented you from health and prosperity.
– Schedule a visit with your legislators and attend hearings to provide your testimony during the 2023 Legislature Regular Session.

If you have questions, please email

And join the monthly coalition meeting on the 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 4pm-5:30pm.

The Health, Environment, and Leisure (HEAL) Research Lab at Oregon State University (OSU) is inviting adults who are parents or caregivers of children with disability to take part in a research study called Playful Parent

The purpose of this research study is to develop and evaluate a play intervention program to enhance playfulness for parents of children with disability.

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two groups to (a) participate in four playfulness training sessions in fall and completed associated assessments OR (b) complete three assessments. All participants will receive compensation for their participation. If you have a child enrolled in one or more OSU programs (e.g., IMPACT, Kid Spirit), then your decision to take part or not take part in this study will not affect your child’s involvement in these programs.

If you would like to participate in this study, please fill out this registration (or copy and paste the link address in the address bar:

Volunteers Fair!

There is a volunteer fair next Wednesday, October 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave, Corvallis, OR. Are you curious about local opportunities to get involved in your community? Please stop by. Feel free to email Billy any time at with questions.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Each October, the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the US Department of Labor sponsors National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.” In recognition of the month, and as part of AIR’s journey to becoming an inclusive workplace for all, we are hosting a powerful conversation with disability rights advocate Judy Heumann. Check out her website and interview with Trevor Noah to learn more about Heumann, who some call the mother of the disability rights community.

Register for this Oct 18, 2022 04:00 PM EST event here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Symposium on Housing – Vulnerable Older Adults and People with Disabilities

When: Tuesday, October 25th from 10am – 2pm
Attend in Person: CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

This work-session event is dedicated to improving services and supports for medically fragile, care dependent, older adults and people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Spend the day working with regional partners – identifying gaps and barriers to services, exploring our current systems, improving communication, and developing processes and memos of understanding to better serve these individuals in our communities.

Oregon State Independent Living Council, Executive Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This meeting is being held virtually using video or conference call.

Join Zoom Meeting here: Click here to join
or dial in at 1-669-900-6833; Meeting ID: 596 013 182
Password: 509135

Members of the public wishing to give public testimony need to contact staff by Friday, October 14 – 503-945-6204 or to sign up and provide contact information.

Captioning is available. Accommodations including the provision of interpreters, and materials in alternate formats are available upon request. Although every effort will be made to arrange accommodations within 48-hour notice, the SILC requests as much notice as possible to ensure accommodations.

Disability Culture and Pride Building

Superfest Disability Film Festival is coming soon, and whether you are joining them in person in the Bay Area or online anywhere in the world, you need to be a part of it!  Superfest is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since 1970, it has celebrated cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, unabashed and engaging lens, and we can’t wait to come together as a community to take in this much-loved disability cultural event for its 36th festival, hybrid for the very first time, with new levels of access.

View the 2022 lineup of 20 incredible films here.

The festival will run virtually October 20th through 23rd with all 20 films available for screening online.

Click here for more details about the virtual screening and access. Passes start at $0!

Join a PDX Disability Justice Dreaming Session or Event this month. 

Note what they are up to here: Home – Disability Justice Dreaming

Remember to check out Stutttober at Proud Stutter! 

Starting October 1, 2022,Proud Stutter is partnering with FaceTronomyon a campaign called “Stutttober.” Every Tuesday and Thursday through October 22, they will be lifting up a story from a person who stutters, from a rapper to a bus driver.They will begin sharing tomorrow on their InstagramTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn pages. It would be great if you can reshare/retweet and/or create your own post.

Want to read something new?

Pick up “Activist Affordances: How disabled people improvise more habitable worlds.” Learn more about it here: Duke University Press – Activist Affordances (

Health, Wellness, and Navigation Support

FACT Oregon’s latest newsletter is here to learn about opportunities for advocacy and support:October newsletter | Boletín de octobre (

Want to learn more about sexual health self-advocacy? Take a look at the Green Mountain Self Advocates’ guide Sexual Self AdvocacyGMSA-brochure.pdf (

Do you need some community and support to feel more connected, grounded, and loved? Come breathe, create, and share with DEC! Join us for DEC’s Wednesday Wellness support group that happens each week from 5-6pm. Zoom in here: Meeting ID: 979 0294 3018

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