COVID-19 ASL Video Links and O​ther Resources

Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


During this pandemic, Deaf and hard of hearing people may have more challenges than usual with:

  • job loss or reduction in income because of layoffs and closures
  • basic communication, as many people’s faces are covered with masks
  • social isolation and mental/emotional stress from staying at home
  • stress from fear of exposure to COVID-19, or getting COVID-19 and trying to communicate with health care workers wearing PPE

Below you will find:

  • Links to ASL videos about COVID-19
  • Communication resources
  • Emergency resources (e.g., food, housing)
  • Mental health and resources for emotional well-being

ASL videos about COVID-19

 

Communication resources

The ADA National Network, National Association for the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, TDI, American Association of the Deaf-Blind, and Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services have suggestions for how to communicate in medical settings with people wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).​


If you need a mobile device and/or apps that may help you communicate by text-to-speech or Video Relay Interpreting (VRI), here are two resources:

 

​​​ODHHS has developed a video (with ASL and open captions), with guidance for preparing a medical emergency “go bag” to have ready to take to the hospital. It includes information about items to include in your go bag. Here is a checklist.​


Help with emergency resources

(for example, food or help with utilities)

 

Mental health and resources for emotional well-being

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Communication Cards

It may help to print and carry (or save to your phone) a card or document saying that you are Deaf or hard of hearing that indicates how best to communicate with you, like one of these: