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

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 a set of tips for communication​  between people wearing masks and Deaf and hard of hearing people.

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.

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


Help with emergency resources

(for example, food or help with utilities)


Mental health and resources for emotional well-being

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: