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                    NW Independent Living Matters
                                       NW Independent Living Matters

                       Newsletter of Independent Living Resources
                             Spring 2008  Volume 16, Number 1

   Reuben’s Shocking Adventure!
   By Patricia Kepler, Independent Living Specialist

Back in 2001 I learned guide dogs were being shocked by the Westside light rail tracks. Tri-Met finally tracked
down the cause of that problem and by 2004 had fixed it. On the evening of January 28th, however, my guide
dog Reuben was shocked several times as we boarded and exited the train at El Monica’s light rail station.
The first incident occurred while crossing tracks from the parking lot to the platform. Reuben seemed to
stumble as we crossed the first set. Someone asked if he had been shocked. I dismissed the thought; the problem
of dogs being shocked had long ago been solved. A few moments later an east-bound train arrived. As
we stepped on, he started yelping and hopping around. It turned out this train was going out-of-service, so we
had to get right back off. The train operator did hear the yelping. He asked if one of us had maybe stepped on
his paw. At this point we still were not sure what happened. I checked him over; he seemed okay although he
was panting a bit. I felt satisfied that it was nothing.
The next east-bound train arrived. As we boarded Reuben started yelping and leaped into the car as far as
possible. I took a seat and tried to calm him. Getting off downtown was fine. Reuben had no problem
either getting off or re-boarding the train headed home. But as soon as he set a paw on wet pavement at the El
Monica station, a shock hit him again.

The next morning I followed up with Tri-Met. Terri Dolan has ordered an inspection of the tracks. He asked me
to tell him when anyone else reports a similar incident. I have already heard from one person whose dog was
shocked at the 185th Avenue station. In 2004 Tri-Met determined that the problem of shocking affected rails
west of SW 158th Avenue. So please use caution if traveling with your dog in that area. I will keep in touch
with the Tri-Met staff to follow their progress on solving this shocking problem.

   In This Issue                                           In This Issue (continued)
   Cathy’s Corner………………………………2                             Advocacy: Focus on SB 716……………………8
   Get the Most Out of Homecare Assistance.....3           ADAPT of Oregon: Fighting Discrimination..…9
   A Word On Co-Occurring Disorders………..4                  Summer Camps at Oral Hull………………..…10
   LIFT TIPS……..………………………….…5                              Recreation Schedule & Museum Trip…………11
   ILR’s 2007 Annual Report…………..……6-7                     Conference Calendar…………………………..12
   On the Road with ILR Staff…………………8                      ILR Job Opportunities…………………………13
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NW Independent Living Matters                                         Cathy’s Corner
is the quarterly newsletter of Independent                               By Cathy Blahut
Living Resources distributed to
consumers, families, professionals, and                             ILS Services Coordinator
friends.                                                              Our Resource Guru!
We welcome comments and articles.
Submission deadlines are: 2/15, 5/15,         Ride Connection
8/15 and 11/15.                               Ride Connection focuses on elderly, disabled, and low-income folks
                                              who need door-to-door transportation for medical, nutritive, shopping,
Please send submissions to Christopher        or recreational reasons. Ride Connection provides door-to-door
Eason, NWILM Editor, at:                      transport for community organizations. They also offer travel-training
                                              for those needing assistance learning to use public transportation.
E-mail:, or
                                              Programs vary so please call for eligibility. For transportation services
Mail: Independent Living Resources            call 503-226-0700; for travel training 503-528-1743.
      2410 SE 11th Ave.
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If you currently do not receive the           counseling. Please call 503-788-9989 if you need help.
NWILM we will gladly add you to our
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Advertising in NWILM implies no               the elections staff is familiar with the voting options. For information
endorsement of any product, service or        on accessible voting contact your elections office:
individual by ILR, its staff, or Board of
Directors. Each advertiser bears sole                           Clackamas County 503-655-8510
responsibility for the accuracy of their                        Multnomah County 503-988-3720
advertisement, and for any liability that                       Washington County 503-846-5830
may result.

ILR Board of Directors
Steve Weiss………… President
Connie Kramer………Vice-President
Barbara Spencer……..Treasurer
Roger Meyer…………Secretary
                                                  ILR is a Fragrance Free Environment
Matthew McClellan                                    Please Refrain from Using Scented Products
Pam VanderVeer                                               When Visiting Our Building
Sue Vonderheit                                                        Thank You

Barry Quamme, Executive Director
Spring 2008                                                                                             Page 3

                  Get the Most Out of Homecare Assistance
                              By Suzanne Huffman, IL Training Coordinator

Oregon has been—and continues to be—a national leader in keeping seniors and people with disabilities in their
homes instead of going to nursing homes. This is made possible by having personal caregivers. These
caregivers provide the critical assistance that maintains a person’s dignity and integrity.
Under Oregon law, those receiving in-home services are the employers and not the clients of caregivers. The
STEPS Program embraces this philosophy. Self-empowerment Training for Employers of homecare workers
who are People with disabilities or Seniors (STEPS) has been both teaching and empowering consumers
throughout Oregon for over a year.
Through workshops, one-on-one training and follow-up “Guide on the Side” services, STEPS teaches
consumers about their roles, rights, and responsibilities as employers. The program emphasizes the principles of
self-determination that have been the hallmark of the Independent Living Movement.

During our first year, ILR scheduled forty workshops in partnership with more than two dozen community
partners. We trained over two hundred consumers and their representatives. Participants in STEPS can now
receive training and support by using the Home Care Commission’s online Registry & Referral System. This
system helps people find workers that best meet their needs.
Call Suzanne or E-mail to register for training. Along with valuable information, a
comprehensive handbook, and follow-up as needed, we provide a free luncheon during the workshops, plus a
$25 gift card for eligible participants. STEPS workshops at ILR are every 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

                STEPS Workshops Come to Washington County
                             Monday, April 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
                                The Hillsboro Community Senior Center
                                            750 SE 8th Avenue
                                              Tigard Area
                             Wednesday, April 23rd from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
                                     Tualatin/Durham Senior Center
                                   8513 SW Tualatin, Road in Tualatin
                                      Date & location to be announced.

  If you have any questions about the workshops please call or E-mail Suzanne Huffman (
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Did you know …?
        An estimated four million people in the United States meet the criteria for both serious mental illness
         and substance abuse.
        In public mental health systems, more than half the adults with severe mental illness are further impaired
         by substance use disorders.

        People with undiagnosed mental illness often self-medicate by using drugs to alleviate their symptoms.
        Ecstasy produces long-term deficits in the brain’s serotonin function; this may lead to mental disorders
         such as depression and anxiety.

        Chronic substance abuse and serious mental disorders may exist independently of one another.
        Risks of untreated co-occurring disorders include hospitalization, overdosing from prescription and
         illegal drugs, victimization, legal problems, homelessness, HIV infection, and hepatitis.
Recovery involves friends, family, case workers and other support people. Please consider keeping a list of your
own support network in your purse or wallet.

         Alcohol and Drug 24-Hour Helpline:                                                  503-244-1312
         Cascadia Walk-in Clinic:                     SE 42nd and Division                   503-230-9654
         Hooper Detox:                                20 NE Martin Luther King Blvd          503-238-2067
         RAP:                                         1903 SE Ankeny                         503-234-3133
Note: We have heard the sad news regarding the death of actor Heath Leger. He died from an accidental
overdose of two sleep-, two anti-anxiety-, and two pain-medications. Please discuss with your doctor or
pharmacist how new prescriptions may react with those you already take. Take only as directed.

         Affordable Naturopathic Clinic Now in Southeast Portland

An affordable, natural medicine clinic comes to Southeast Portland beginning March 8th. Dr. Christina Cooke, a
naturopathic physician, launches this clinic that takes place on the second Saturday of each month. She may add
additional Saturdays as demand rises. The clinic will offer a sliding-scale. Naturopaths see people with a range
of health concerns including allergies, diabetes, fatigue, high blood-pressure, and issues from past physical or
emotional injuries. As a person who is blind, Dr. Cooke understands how it is to be a patient with a disability.
She strives to meet the needs of each individual. The clinic’s location is the Southeast Community Church of
the Nazarene, 5535 SE Rhone, just 2 blocks south of Powell. For more information or to make an appointment,
please call Dr. Cooke at 503-984-5652
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                                                LIFT TIPS
                             By Lina Bensel, Independent Living Specialist
              Lina is ILR’s Liaison to the Committee on Accessible Transportation (CAT)

If you ride the Tri-Met LIFT you may notice it is not always on time. Here are some things you can do about
that. When you call LIFT they will give you a thirty-minute window of time in which to expect a ride. It is a
good idea to make a note of that time. If you wait through the time window and your ride does not come, you
can call Dispatch. They can check on the ride’s whereabouts, and how long it may take to arrive. You are also
giving them the information that you waited more than 30 minutes for your ride. Ideally, about nine out of ten
LIFT rides are inside their thirty minute window.
Here is something else you can do: If you frequently ride, especially if you suspect that you are waiting more
than thirty minutes much of the time, you may want to make a record. This need not be fancy. It can help when
you talk with Customer Service about your rides.
Make columns for the date and time window. If you want to track other information you could add the bus
number and the driver’s name. Leave a blank space for when the bus actually came. Did it come within the
window? After it? Too early for the window? Remember, if a LIFT bus comes before its window you are not
obligated to get on. You can also track other aspects of your LIFT service. Such aspects could be escorting you
to the building, or securing your wheelchair. You may want to develop a code such as OK for adequate service,
a minus for a problem (with a short description), and a plus for superior service rendered. You may even choose
to use letter grades. Change is sometimes slow. Our communication with Dispatch and Customer Service in
time will influence what happens with our rides.

                  Tri-Met’s CAT Committee Seeks New Members
  Tri-Met’s Committee on Accessible Transportation (CAT) committee advises Tri-Met on transportation
  needs and issues that concern seniors and people with disabilities. The CAT has proved itself a valued
  resource to the Tri-Met board of directors. The committee provides a wonderful opportunity for seniors
  and people with disabilities to engage in monthly meetings that can shape and improve services so vital
  to our community.
  If you would like more information on how to get involved, contact the CAT at Tri-Met’s Accessible
  Transportation Program at 503-902-8000.
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                                      ILR’s 2007 Annual Update
 Dear Friends & Partners,

 Thank you for your interest in, and support for the work of Independent Living
 Resources, Inc. ILR had a successful year of growth and development in 2007.
 We saw a period of consultation with national mentors; this allowed ILR to
 renew visioning and planning for the future, as we marked a 50-year tradition
 of people with disabilities serving people with disabilities.
 Renewing our strategic plan coincided with a new Executive Director coming aboard (Barry K. Quamme).
 This period brought consultations with teams from APRIL and Independence First, plus involvement in the
 SILC’s process of developing a 3-year State Plan for Independent Living. After a year of transition in 2006,
 the next year saw a commitment to program development. ILR reorganized staff to create three new
 positions: Associate Director for Programs (Jeanne McClellan), IL Services Coordinator (Cathy Blahut), and
 IL Training Coordinator (Suzanne Huffman). During that year outreach to underserved populations yielded a
 series of new contracts that created the funding for new positions at ILR.
        Last spring ILR launched the consumer-employer training program known as STEPS. This program
         reaches consumers in a nine-county area from the eastern gorge to the mouth of the Columbia.
        ILR’s participation in the Work Incentives Network (WIN) is part of a state-wide network of benefits
         planning teams to assist people with disabilities returning to work.

        Other new projects with community partners developed during the year include collaborations with
         the David Douglas School District, OHSU, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Pacific
         University to name a few.
 ILR also saw a remodel of our offices. This was to provide more accessible services for consumers. The
 lobby was tripled in size; three new office spaces were created in the building’s south wing. Our second
 restroom was remodeled to make it more accessible.
 We also expanded our consumer-led classes and support groups. ILR introduced SAILS (Self-Advocacy for
 Independent Living Seminar) to provide on-going information, orientation and dialogue about the history
 and values of the Independent Living Movement.
 In addition, ILR celebrated its commitment to community advocacy. The second annual “A Roll in the
 Park/Wheel-a-thon Portland” highlighted this value with a successful event along the East Bank Esplanade at
 OMSI. ILR also worked for systemic change at the local, state and national levels: ILR staff participated in
 coalitions such as the Interfaith Disability Network of Oregon, Multnomah County’s Disability Services
 Advisory Committee, OHSU’s Community Partner’s Council, the Portland Citizens Disability Advisory
 Committee, and the 504 Housing Disability Advisory Board.
 The goals ILR embraces embody our mission and commitment. They represent our values for serving the
 community. ILR’s goals align with those identified in Oregon’s State Plan for Independent Living.
 Thank you for your support and creative partnerships over the years!
 Barry K. Quamme
 ILR Executive Director
Spring 2008                                                                            Page 7

              State Plan for Independent Living Goals: 2008 – 2010

    GOAL A:        Advocate ~ Expand awareness and implementation of IL philosophy

    GOAL B:        Develop IL leaders ~ Develop IL leaders to help spread the word
                   and keep the IL movement both active and effective

    GOAL C:        Educate/Outreach ~ Educate Oregonians about IL services and

    GOAL D:        IL Funding ~ Support Oregon’s provision of IL services

    GOAL E:        IL Support ~ Greater understanding and implementation of the IL
                   philosophy in CILs, grass root IL groups, partner and other agencies,
                   and in the personal lives of Oregonians with disabilities

    GOAL F:        Standards and Assurances ~ Attain and maintain full compliance
                   with SILC Standards and Assurances

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                               On the Road with the ILR Staff

Our STEPS Coordinator, Suzanne Huffman, has traveled to such places as Eagle Creek, Progress, Redland, and
beautiful downtown Hebo in the Siuslaw National Forest. She assists consumers who need help learning to
manage their personal care providers. In addition to Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties our
STEPS contract covers Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Sherman, Tillamook, and Wasco counties! In these
more rural counties, transportation options are limited. While Tri-Met serves the tri-county area, some regions
are not so fortunate. Since they can’t come to us, we must go to them.
The WIN (Work Incentives Network) Project serves the same outlying areas as STEPS. In recent weeks, ILR’s
WIN staff members have visited The Dalles, and Astoria, among many other sites. WIN assists people in
coordinating employment with Social Security benefits. We are currently recruiting got two WIN Information
& Referral Specialists to join the project. If you have good math skills, are very organized, skilled in using
computers and work well with consumers, perhaps you’re the right person for the job?
The Pre-Employment Counseling Project is another program that provides general information and referral for
Metro OVRS Consumers. IL Specialist Angie Smith spends 20 hours a week out-stationed at five OVRS
offices: East-, North-, and Central-Portland, plus the Washington and Clackamas County offices. In the first few
months of the project, Angie has provided on-site services to consumers on housing and health resources, as
well as options for applying for Social Security benefits. Angie explains, “It is a matter of finding the right
resources for the needs presented. This has been achieved by fifty or so consumers during the first months of the
program.” There are many issues that can impede employment; it is empowering to overcome those obstacles.
ILR is proud and excited to have programs that enable us to serve these new locales. We hope that as time goes
by we can expand our other programs to meet the needs of people with disabilities in underserved communities.

                       ILR’s Advocacy Committee
                             Local & National Issues
                                Focus on SB 716
These days we face a precarious national economy plus a myriad of national, state, and local problems. Some of
these problems are life threatening. ILR’s Advocacy Committee lends a consumer voice to issues in Salem and
Washington DC. On the first Monday of each month, ILR convenes a group of consumers, community partners,
and ILR staff to review and discuss current issues.
Most recently the committee reviewed state SB 716. The new legislation prohibits non-wheelchair users from
parking in van-accessible parking spaces. This bill was adopted without much debate or input from disability
groups. After studying the issue, the Advocacy Committee advised ILR to give time to study the implications.
ILR’s Board of Directors endorsed the moratorium on enforcing this law. The Board sent letters to the mayors
of each city in ILR’s service area. These letters urged them to join with cities like Bend, Eugene, and Portland
in that moratorium. Efforts continue to determine if this law is discriminatory, and possibly reverse it in 2009.
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                        FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION
                  Oregon’s New ADAPT Chapter: The A of O
                                            Pam VanderVeer
                                            ADAPT of Oregon

As of October 2007 Oregon now has its own ADAPT chapter. The chapter’s name is ADAPT of Oregon, or A
of O for short! ADAPT is an acronym that stands for Americans with Disabilities for Attendant Programs
Today. This is a 25-year-old national, grassroots organization working to end the institutional bias of the
Medicaid system. Another term for the movement is de-institutionalization. In other words, ADAPT’s mission
is to ensure that people with disabilities live in the least restrictive, most inclusive environments. The movement
was mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and affirmed by the Olmstead vs. the State of Georgia
decision of 1999.

One of the projects ADAPT will undertake is to create an Ombuds program. This program will monitor
statewide the situations of younger people with disabilities in institutional settings. In addition, we are
considering involvement in sensitivity trainings at chain stores such as Fred Meyer and Safeway.

Our meetings take place on the 4th Wednesday of the odd numbered months. They are held at Independent
Living Resources and run from 4 until 5 p.m. Here are the meeting dates for the rest of 2008: March 26th, May
28th, July 23rd, September 24th, and November 26th.

To view meeting minutes, agendas, and other organizational materials please visit: We also have a list serve, which we encourage anyone interested to join: And finally, the E-mail address for ADAPT of Oregon is: There is strength in numbers; please join us any way you can!

                        Federal Stimulus Package: You May Qualify

Did you receive Social Security benefits last year? Even though you do not otherwise file a tax return, you may
still be entitled to an economic stimulus payment from the federal government.
If you have at least $3,000 in countable income from earned wages, Social Security, SSDI, or some types of
Veteran’s benefits (SSI does not count) you may qualify for a stimulus payment. The payments run $300 for an
individual, $600 for a married couple filing together, and $300 per child under the age of 17 (as of December
31st 2007). You need to file form 1040 or 1040A. The IRS begins mailing checks in May. For more information
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                               Summer Camps at Oral Hull

The Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind is now registering folks for their 26th Annual Adult Summer Camps.
Camp is for anyone blind or visually-impaired who enjoys friendship, field trips, arts, crafts, swimming, fishing,
new games, entertainment, and great food. Oral Hull sits on a beautiful, 23 acre campus 3 miles north of Sandy.
Adults have a choice between our Traditional Camp and our Adventure Camp. The Adventure Camp provides
traditional camp activities with opportunities for adventures that may include: white water rafting, the challenge
course, hiking, sky-diving (additional fee), and much more. Our Family Camp is for families with visually
impaired young people 17 and under. This camp provides an ideal time for families to connect with other
families. The shared activities include camp fires, fishing, hiking, swimming, talent show, and more.
Fees for the Adult Camp are $350; those for the Family Camp are $125 per adult and $75 for children. Financial
assistance is available to Oregon residents. The Adult Adventure Camp runs from August 3rd to the 9th, the
Traditional Camp from August 10th to the 17th, and the Family camp from August 21st to the 24th. For
information about Oral Hull’s summer camp programs and special events contact us at:
Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, Jeff Lann, Executive Director - 503-668-6195 and

   Advocacy Committee..…………………………1st Monday                                            1:00-3:00 pm

   Board of Directors Meeting……………………4th Thursday                                      4:00-6:00 pm

   Crossroads: TBI Support Group……………...2nd & 4th Friday                               1:00-3:00 pm

   SAILS Orientation to ILR Service……………..Fridays                                      1:00-2:30 pm

   STEPS Workshops.……………………………..3rd Tuesday                                            10:00-3:00 pm

   Vision Impairment Support Group……………2nd Monday                                      10:00-12:00 pm

   Women’s Support Group ………………………2nd & 4th Tuesday                                    10:30-12:00 pm
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                    Shoo Away Those Winter Doldrums!
                  Swing Into Our Spring Recreation Events
    By Patricia Kepler, IL Specialist & ILR’s Recreation Maven!

                      Please RSVP to Patricia 1 week in advance for all events.
    Friday April 18     SPRING WALK ‘N TALK!             Join us & explore one of Oregon’s many trails.
                                                         Bring a lunch—we’ll visit over a picnic.
    Tues. May 13th HAVE A BALL BOWLING!                  Whether you can lift that ball or not -
                                                         Join us for an afternoon at the bowling alley.
                                                         The group leaves at 1 p.m. & returns by 4.
    Thurs. June 5th ROSE FESTIVAL EVENING! Mingle with crowds, rock to the music, & gaze
                                           at the ships. Scheduled to leave ILR at 5:30
                                           p.m.—return on your own. The time may
                                           change, so please check with Patricia.
    Do you have recreation ideas? Contact Patricia. (503) 232-7411 or by E-mail

                               McMinnville’s Aviation Museum
Recently, thanks to the folks at Ride Connection and Portland Impact, ILR scheduled a recreation outing to the
Evergreen Flight and Aviation Museum in McMinnville. If response from the recreation group is any
indication, this was our best outing to date. Things couldn't have gone nicer.
The Portland Impact bus picked us up at 9:30 a.m. and drove us directly to the museum. Our tour-guides, Dick
and Jim, greeted us when we arrived. They introduced themselves and asked us a little about ourselves and the
kind of assistance we needed. They shared stories of the different planes, what kind of missions they flew, and
how long they were in service. They even took the ropes down and allowed us to feel the wings, engines, and
other parts of the planes. These two gentlemen were so knowledgeable, they answered all our questions. We
learned about the famous Spruce Goose, Russian MIGs, and so much more.
Examining the Wooden Prop on an Early Fighter Plane

After the tour, we visited the wine/juice tasting room. Again, the museum’s staff and volunteers extended
themselves beyond our expectations. They showed my group to a table and brought us samples of nuts, dried
fruit, chocolates, juice, and of course, wine. Some of us purchased our favorite samples; then we boarded the
bus for home. The ride back to Portland gave us time to share our experience and discuss possible future events.
We have a busy spring planned. The next challenge: Oregon City in June—keep your fingers crossed
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                                  Conference Calendar

April 2008
April 30th “Fasten Your Seatbelts-It’s Been A Bumpy Ride”
Join the Fair Housing Council of Oregon on April 30 th for a rare opportunity to explore Portland’s
hidden history of housing discrimination and find out the latest on fair housing challenges in Oregon
today. The event will feature a lively bus tour of locations of discriminatory history, a panel of experts
addressing housing discrimination today, and a performance by a dynamic gospel choir. The event
will be at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland, from 8:30 until 2:30 pm. The $40 fee includes lunch
and other refreshments. To register, contact Diane Hess at or (503) 412-6000.

May 2008
May 2, 2008 "Beyond the Ramp – Engaging People with Disabilities in Faith Communities"
Sponsored by the Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon, the event will be held at St. Anthony
Village, 3560 SE 79th Ave., Portland, 97206. 8:30AM- 4:00PM, Fee is $25, including lunch, if paid by
April 15, $35 after. For families and individuals with disabilities, educators, service providers, clergy
and lay leaders. For a brochure, contact or phone Corinne at 503 226-7079 ext. 55.

May 9th & 10th, Celebrate Wellness VIII Conference, Double Tree Hotel Lloyd Center - Portland
Celebrate Wellness (CW) VIII has joined with RRTC: Health & Wellness State of the Science to bring
you two exciting conferences on health and disability. All Saturday CW attendees can attend the
State of the Science conference for FREE! Scholarships are available. Register at

May 17th, 2008 American Council of the Blind (ACB) “Meet and Greet” Open House
The ACB Multnomah Chapter will sponsor a "Meet and Greet" for people who are blind or visually
impaired and their family and friends. Join us to hear speakers from the disability community, snack
on good food, socialize and learn about the activities of the ACB. Details to be announced. Contact
Gregg Welch at 503-408-1419 for more information.

May 30 & 31, 2008 Oregon Disability Mega Conference, Riverhouse Conference Center in Bend
See the website for more information

                               Thank You, Carol Cooper
                        Carol was kind enough to donate to ILR
                    a Toshiba DVD Player. Now classes & workshops
                       can enjoy materials on both tape and DVD.
Spring 2008                                                                                Page 13

                                ILR Job Opportunities

ILR is recruiting for three full-time positions during the spring of 2008.
Join a vibrant, professional staff of people with disabilities serving people with disabilities.
All three positions are open until filled, so apply with resume & letter to:

     Job Openings #1 & #2:           Work Incentive Project (WIN)
                                     Information and Referral Specialist (I&RS)
                                     Full-Time Position, Benefits & Certification

     Summary: Provide consumers with disabilities seeking employment with referrals
     to community agencies for assistance. Provide general information about Work
     Incentives. Gather information from consumers to compile a Beneficiary Profile that
     aids the Benefits Counselor in conducting a Benefits Analysis. Provide support
     services for a consumer’s Long-Term Benefits Management Plan. Collaborate with
     the Benefits Counselor to provide Work Incentive Planning, Conduct planned
     outreach. Travel is required. Training & certification exam provided; certification
     required before seeing consumers.
     Good Math Skills?         Organized?       Computer Skills?        Enjoy Outreach?
                          Perhaps you’re the right person for the job?

    Job Opening #3:                  ILR Program Support
                                     Records/Database Administrator
                                     Full-Time Position, Benefits & Training Program

    Summary: Maintain records (electronic & paper). Serve as in-house database special-
    ist for MiCIL system, data specialist for federal reporting, and general office support

              Passion for Quality Control?        Organized?          Database Skills?
                          Perhaps you’re the right person for the job?
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                         BRIDGES TO COMMUNICATION
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                               residential service protection fund
Oregonians who are on a qualifying state assistance program may receive a reduction in their
monthly bill for local residential telephone service.
Loans specialized telecommunication equipment at no cost and with no income restrictions to eligible
Oregonians who are deaf, hearing, vision, speech and mobility (upper extremities) impaired.

                       ADDRESS:                              MAILING:
                       550 Capitol St NE, Suite 215          PO Box 2148
                       Salem, OR 97301-2551                  Salem, OR 97308-2148

                                              800-848-4442 Voice
                                              800-648-3458 TTY
                                              503-378-6047 FAX

                            Download or complete applications at
                            E-mail: or

                   The Mortgage Group                         Bridges to Mobility

                                  Homeownership Opportunities
Bridges to Mobility® now has a new, expanded provide resources and guidelines for accessible
living to professionals and to the general public.
Are you looking to build a new home or searching for an existing home with accessible features? There are
homes available! In association with Home Search One, Inc, we proudly present HomeBridge.Org. The
Accessible Homes Portal. Homebridge.Org uses special formulas to filter through the database of listings to
bring you a clear display of homes specific to your accessible needs and desires. It is the first and only website
where you can view research MLS listings with accessible features as they come onto the market. Go to to locate your home today!
Mobility Rules™ has created powerful tools that will assist anyone in learning more about accessibility,
quickly and simply. We also work with realtors and contractors in the Portland metro area who specialize in
these areas. Please contact us at for more information.
                                           Cathie Ross, President
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   Support Independent Living
Your Support funds a wide variety of IL programs and services. ILR is a non-profit organization that
benefits people with disabilities with funding from donations from individuals like you. Your contributions
are deeply appreciated and tax-deductible within the rules and requirements set by the IRS.

                              Your Gift Changes a Person’s Life
       Every Gift to ILR is Honored with:                          Annual Program Gifts
                                                                   Arts, Advocacy
               o   Peer Counseling                                 Support Groups
               o   Information & Referral
               o   Independent Living Skills Training              Special Project Gifts
               o   Advocacy: Individual & System Change            “A Roll in the Park”
                                                                   Future Building Fund
       With Your Help We Empower People                            Gifts of a Lifetime
       with disabilities to live more fully as                     ILR Endowment Fund
       interdependent members of our communities.                  Life Insurance
                                                                   Real Estate
                                Consider an Estate Gift to ILR:
                Your bequest in your Will serves the community for generations.

                       ILR Offers Many Opportunities to Support Our Mission

Shop Online at over 350 Stores
Merchants listed with Buy for Charity agree to pay a commission on purchases at
Simply use this website to contact your merchant and designate ILR as your favorite cause.

Support ILR Services by buying groceries and using your Albertson’s card when you shop. Go to Click on “In the Community” then click on the Community Partners logo link. Once you
log in, click on “Sign me up”. ILR’s ID is #49000129486. It’s just that easy! Your Albertson’s card is activated
and every time you present it to your cashier, 2% of your purchase will be refunded to ILR!
Donate Your Vehicle to Us
Donated vehicles help raise funds for ILR and Volunteers of America. In the process you get a great charitable
deduction. The towing is free; we do all the work. If you own a vehicle just taking up space, please give
Kathryn a call at 503-232-7411. We offer our thanks to all of you who have made a donation in the past.

    Thank you for the ways each of you support our mission to serve people with disabilities!
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                                          Join ILR in Celebrating 50 Years of
                                                People with Disabilities
                                           Serving People with Disabilities!

                                  ILR Job Opportunities
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          Good Math Skills?         Organized?     Computer Skills?        Enjoy Outreach?

                         Program Records/Database Administrator
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