Portland Commission on Disability

Hello Portlanders! Today, we are having a PCOD main commission meeting today. Please feel free to come and learn more about us and our work. It is open to the public. We do offer time for public comments. Often we have leaders from different stakeholders, agencies, bureaus and city council come to our meeting for inputs from us, and/or seek possible collaboration. PCOD is under Offices of Equity and Human Rights which is under the City of Portland. Our mission is to ensure that our City of Portland provides equal access for all, especially people with disabilities.

I championed in passing an ordinance last 2016 where Portland now requires to leave Closed Captions on all the times in all public places through representing PCOD. This is one of my proudest achievement of my PCOD work. PCOD appointed me to be on board with Community Oversight Advisory Board for two years since 2015. It was a honor and privilege to be working with amazing people with COAB. This is my second term with PCOD this year going on for 4 years now. I am currently a liaison with PCOD and our Mayor, Ted Wheeler, focusing on public safety and the police. I do individual work outside of PCOD whereabouts representing myself as well. We have two sub committees under PCOD where few of us work together on ideas before bringing to our full PCOD meeting. One focuses on policy, and other focuses on housing and accessibility. I work with policy. We have those meetings after PCOD full meeting and other dates for sub committee meetings. I hope to see you there!


FULL PCOD MEETINGS: Every second Friday monthly.

SUB-COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Every last Thursday monthly.

Today is our Full PCOD meeting this month.

Where: Commonwealth Building

421 SW 6th Ave, 5th floor

Time: 11am – 2:30pm

PCOD meetings whereabouts are accessible to MAX and buses. There are few parking lot buildings nearby as well.


Today’s agenda:

Portland Commission on Disability Agenda

Friday, March 9th 11am -2:30pm

Commonwealth Building

421 SW 6th ave 5th floor, Steel room

Conference line (503) 823-9322

Angel Facilitator

Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided. Other accommodations available on request (see note following the Agenda).

11:00 – 11:05 Housekeeping (Welcome, Agenda, Minutes)

11:05 – 11:15 Director’s report – Koffi Dessou

11:15 – 11:20 Liaison Reports – Deidre

11:20 – 11:30 Policy Committee Update – Dana, Angel

11:30 – 11:40 ABE Committee Update – Larry

11:40 – 11:45 Vote to change meeting time from 2:30 t0 2:00

11:40 – 12:15 Possible presentation?

12:15 – 12:25 Public Comment/Announcements


Break – Resume in subcommittees after 15 minutes


Policy Agenda items

Review 2018 Initiatives

Review current version of 2017 Policy Achievements

Discuss our priorities and next steps Angel and Cathy—

Update on meeting with BHR Dana

Update on meeting with Elle Weatheroy


ABE Agenda items

Bill Cunningham

Update Infill

Portland for Everyone: Preparation for Testimony


In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination in any City program, service, or activity on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or disability. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City will provide reasonable translation and interpretation services, and will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. Please notify us in advance of scheduled events if accommodations or translations are needed. Because some accommodations take time to arrange, if you could give three business days’ notice, we would appreciate it. To make requests, file complaints, or for additional information, please contact Nickole Cheron Nickole.Cheron@portlandoregen.gov ; 503.823.4938.

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