Portland, Oregon, renowned for its vibrant culture and inclusive spirit, is home to a flourishing community of seniors who are Deaf and DeafBlind. In this article, we will explore the diverse range of resources available in Portland and across Oregon for those who are Deaf and DeafBlind.

Bridges Oregon

Bridges Oregon is a nonprofit organization serving Oregonians who are Deaf, DeafBind, or Hard of Hearing. They promote equality and inclusiveness through advocacy, education, and communication.

Visit BridgesOregon.org to find out more about their services.

Oregon’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

The Oregon Department of Human Resources offers services for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. This includes help paying for hearing aides and assistance in job searching.

Specialized senior living for the Deaf and DeafBlind

Nestled in Gresham, Oregon, just outside Portland, is a specialized senior living community for Deaf and DeafBlind seniors, Avamere at Chestnut Lane. This is the only retirement community specialized for Deaf and DeafBlind on the west coast.

All employees here communicate with ASL, and many are Deaf too.

“This is a place where the residents have a sense of belonging and feel at home,” shared Emilie Cannon, Support Service Provider Manager, who is also Deaf.

The team creates an environment that fosters connection and engagement for seniors who are Deaf and DeafBlind. Find out more in the video below!

Oregon School for the Deaf

Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem, Oregon is a school for high school students who are Deaf. Here they can obtain a quality education in an environment tailored to their needs, including staff and fellow students all who communicate with ASL.

In fact, several residents of Avamere at Chestnut Lane’s senior living community attended this school when they were growing up!

DeafBlind Services for students

DeafBlind Services serves children and youth who are DeafBlind. They aid educational staff, therapists, families, and more. This includes training, consultation, assisting students, and working with outside agencies to support students.

ASL & Deaf Events

Social isolation is a common concern for seniors. In the digital age, people can easily connect with people online – and even meet up in person too. Check out the Oregon Association of the Deaf and Portland Metro ASL & Deaf Events Facebook pages to see special events for the Deaf and meet people. Search for more groups online to find people with similar interests!

Be safe online! Never give strangers your personal information or money.

Resources create an inclusive space for the Deaf and DeafBlind

Check out these resources above for the Deaf and DeafBlind in Portland and across Oregon. Having resources like this creates an inclusive environment.

If you’re seeking senior living for yourself or a loved one who is Deaf or DeafBlind, connect with our experts at Avamere at Chestnut Lane!