From Office of Neighborhood Involvement:
Don’t forget! Less than one week remains to submit your Disability Power PDX application
Get your application in today! Applications for the Spring 2018 Disability Power PDX (DP2) close on December 4th. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone with a disability who wants to deepen their community engagement skills, build cross-disability community, and create change in government and communities.
Disability Power PDX Materials are now available in: Arabic عربي, Chinese 中文, Japanese 日本語, Laotian ລາວ, Russian Русский, Romanian Română, Somali Soomaali, Spanish Español, Ukrainian Україньска, and Vietnamese Tiếng Việt, Translated Disability Power PDX Materials.
What will DP2 do?
Disability Power PDX offers training, skill building, and practical experience for people with disabilities who want to affect public policy and become more engaged in Portland communities.
Members of Disability Power PDX will participate in a series of workshops, individual learning opportunities, and meetings with local organizations to increase their knowledge of local engagement opportunities and ability to effectively engage in Portland civic life. Members will learn about disability identity and culture, accessing community resources, and navigating local and national government.
A note on “disability” –
Please know that “disability” is a political and social word referencing incredibly diverse experiences, including people with mental health, cognitive, mobility, intellectual, and sensory disabilities and long-term medical conditions.
Who should apply?
Any person with a disability who is interested! With this program’s focus on lifting up the experiences of disabled people who experience societal oppression across multiple identities, we especially encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, including race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and other ways people identify.
If you’re a person with a disability who celebrates differences; cares about local communities and government; and wants to be a part of groups creating change, consider applying for Disability Power PDX. Find more information and ways to apply at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/disabilitypowerpdx.