Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS) is a resource for all Oregonians to improve quality of life for Deaf and hard of hearing people and their families. Our staff offer advice, support, advocacy and referrals to anyone exploring how to best meet the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing people in Oregon.
Information and referral: Our staff work to make state services and programs welcoming and accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing Oregonians and their families.
We connect you with resources, tools and information.
Accommodations for services: Employees of public agencies (state, county, city and municipal) can request ASL interpreters or CART captioning through ODHHS.
- Members of the public may request ASL interpreters or CART by contacting the state, county, city or municipality providing the services. We appreciate hearing from you if you encounter barriers.
Community Needs Assessment: Many of the issues we address are outlined in depth in a
Community Needs Assessment that was completed in 2016. Our goals are ambitious, and our partnership with our stakeholders is critical to our success.
Advisory Committee: Our
Advisory Committee helps guide and support our work.
We offer advice and refer you to services
We partner with public services and programs to make them more accessible.
- We will work to
refer you to people or organizations that provide services.
- Please note that we don't directly provide these services.
Paying for hearing aids
We don't currently have a program for this, but there are organizations that can help. View a
list of organizations that offer financial assistance for hearing aids.
Ongoing case management
- For case management issues that are not related to communications access with any ODHS program (Self-Sufficiency, Aging and People with Disabilities, Child Welfare, or Vocational Rehabilitation), please raise these issues with the supervisor or manager of the field office.
- If you are having trouble getting ASL interpreters or CART for your agency appointments, please
email us to let us know.
- If you need housing, please understand that there is a
critical shortage of affordable housing. Housing services typically have long waitlists. Visit
Oregon Housing and Community Services for information.
Job search, training and placement
Finding Deaf and hard of hearing community events
There are several excellent sources for this information:
Email us to request the brochure in an alternate format
Video - How to file complaints about accommodations in health care settings
Staff contact information
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