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P.O. Box 86938 Portland, Oregon 97286-0938


Who we are

We are a local signing community of Deaf and Hearing people who rely on community engagement and support to fulfill our mission.


Deaf & Hearing OutReach (DHOR) builds community among Deaf and Hearing along with allies through social, educational, and community resources in an environment where the door is open to all.


Community events

To have your community event posted here and listed in our newsletter, please email us with a 170 word or less description and we will do our best to share it with our community. Thank you! _______________________________



DHOR had wonderful time and positive booth experience at the
Deafnation Expo-Portland on October 15, 2011. Thanks to all volunteers
and supporters to make this event happened!

DHOR ASL social event will be on November 26, Saturday, 6:30 PM at 3
Friends Coffeehouse in SE Portland area. All ASL level signers are
encouraged to attend and could bring along their friends to this event.

December Gallery Walk-

Time: Thursday, December 1st · 6:00- 9:00 pm
Location: Deschutes Brewery in Portland, Oregon

Meet Chris Balduc outside the front door of the brewery. Look for a group of
signers. Lets go occupy some galleries for the monthly art night in the Pearl
District! Please allow yourself time to find a place to park. It is a busy part of
town. (There is a parking structure just across the street on 11th) See you at


Capitol City Theater Proudly present:

American Sign Language Oregon Theatre
Deaf Improv Workshop all for the Deaf and Deaf for All!

Special Guests~ Chip Conrad, Justin Coleman, and Cherie Ulmar are
offering this workshop for the Deaf Community with 2 hours of FUN

Time: Thursday, November 10 · 6:30- 9:30 pm
Location: OSD (Oregon State for the Deaf)~ library area
Salem, Oregon

Cost~ $10.00 for each (limiting to 20 people)
Pay by Cash or Check: make the payment to Capitol City Theater.

Need further questions about this? Contact Chip at 503-689-2366 or Cherie
at OSD (503) 400-6171 VP (during school hours) for more information.

Capitol City Theater (CCT) is located in the Historic Reed Opera House
CCT is dedicated to live, home grown comedy. That's right, we believe
funny is right under our feet. Boasting a wide array of training classes,
improv shows and more, CCT is sure to deliver. They are coming to OSD!

Austin Unbound Premiere-Documentary Film

Time: Saturday, November 12 · 7- 11:30 pm
Location: Hollywood Theatre, Portland Oregon

After 7 years of production, the complete 43 minute documentary, "Austin
Unbound" will finally premiere!

Saturday night's show will be held in the downstairs main theatre, and
feature a film ceremony & wild celebration with the Portland Sisters of
Perpetual Indulgence Order of Benevolent Bliss.

Join the cast and crew for the after party with snacks, champagne and
pool at Sam's Billiards.

ASL interpreted.

MC: Shannon Graham, Sister Glory Glory Hole-lujah
Film Ceremony by Shira Grabelsky & Sister GG

Tickets on sale now

Austin Unbound Premiere - Matinee

Time: Sunday, November 13 · 3- 9:00 pm
Location: Hollywood Theatre, Portland Oregon

Sunday’s event (held in the upstairs left theatre from 3-5pm) will be fun and
relaxed. Our MC Darcie LeMieux will welcome us, and PFLAG will help
moderate a panel discussion after the film. Special Guest: Austin's
grandmother. Celebrate with us and drink mimosas.

Wrap-party at Crush starting at 6 pm with an ORID talk-back followed by a
live concert by Ashleigh Flynn and Sneakin' Out, discussion with the
filmmaker about the music process.

Tickets on sale now at Come to 2 or 3 of the events
and save on your purchase!

ASL interpreted.

Heart Breaks Open/ Austin Unbound - Portland Screening!

Time: Tuesday, November 15 · 8:30- 11:30 pm
Location: Portland Art Museum
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon


For more information


Don't forget to sign up for Law Day at SWCDHH (Southwest Washington
Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) on Wed, November 16th. A few
time slots available. Contact to reserve 45 minute legal
session with a Deaf lawyer, Mike Izak from Seattle.

ASL Film Present-

"Versa Effect" at Chememketa Community College~Salem

Time: Saturday, November 19 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Chemeketa Community College
Building 6, Auditorium
4000 Lancaster Drive NE
Salem, Oregon
Admission: $11 (cash only)
Supporting for American Sign Language Oregon Theatre

"Deaf Jam" on TV-OPB November 2011

Community Cinema presented by the Independent Television Service
(ITVS), Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) are excited to present screening
of Judy Lieff's Deaf Jam. In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is
a Deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then
boldly enters the spoken world slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an
Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually
meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two young women
embark on a hearing/deaf collaboration, a performance duet that is a
metaphor for the complex realities they share-generating a new form of
slam powetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.

Coming in November 2011 on OPB, check your local time to view this show.

Seattle Deaf Film Festival Calling For Film Entries-

The Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF) is announcing their call for entries
and information regarding eligibility and entry deadlines for the 2012 SDFF
event, taking place from March 30 - April 1, 2012 at the University of
Washington. Film submission deadline: Nov 30, 2011! More info on
guidelines and submission is on the website. Deaf Spotlight

PDX Loves Signing-

Carissa Martos, PDX Loves Signing Outreach Coordinator, has been invited
to go with the Signing Time Foundation to Ghana in January of 2012. In
partnership with Signs of Hope International, a small team will be visiting
some of the Deaf Schools throughout the country, working with their
students and teachers in American Sign Language, as well as experience
Ghanian Sign Language first hand.

Life as a Deaf child in Ghana is challenging, particularly without an education.
Signs of Hope International "dedicated to the enrichment of life for the Deaf
community in Ghana." They help to provide "education and other programs
to benefit the Deaf community," and give these children a chance at a better

To anyone else who might like to help: PLEASE contact Carissa as soon as
you can with a number indicating what you'd be willing to contribute
Carissa's trip. PDX Loves Signing has paypal link where you can donate,
or by sending checks, made out to The Signing Time Foundation, to Carissa.

Please spread the word, tell your friends. If you know anyone with an
interest in Sign Language or providing an education for disadvantaged people
in an impoverished country, tell them about this.


Phone: (503) 477-7769
Fax: (928) 962-7783


OCTOBER 29, 2011

best costume/pumpkin contest
Dinner starts at 5:30 pm
Cost: NWRAD Member: $5.00 Non-member: $10.00
All funds proceed to 2012 GAY PRIDE
If you need the directions or questions:
Please contact: Cassy Kinney, Youth Director:

SHARE Support Network Survey and New Group

We are working to improve the Deaf community's access to mental health
services and we need your input regarding barriers and gaps in services.
Please complete this brief survey addressing your experiences as a
Deaf/Hard of hearing individual seeking mental health services. Your identity
will be kept confidential.

Complete the survey at:

SHARE is also hosting a free support group for survivors of sexual/
physical violence.
This particular group is open to all non-male identified
survivors who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing.

The group will be facilitated by a clinical social worker fluent in ASL.

When: Every monthly fourth Saturday at 10:30 am
Where: Beaverton Community center, Vose room,
12350 SW 5th, #100, Beaverton, OR 97005

If you would like to register or have questions please contact Maggie at


If you or a family member needs vacation accommodations
that are wheelchair accessible, BeachcomberNW has a list of
rentals available. The wheelchair accessible listings of
vacation rentals are on the Oregon and Washington Coast
and may be found on the organization's specific The website makes
it convenient to search for accessible accommodations in
one place.


WOU Western Oregon University (WOU) is thrilled to
announce a new program, Master of Arts in Interpreting
Studies. You can find out more about the program by
visiting new webpage at MA in Interpreting Studies


The members of DHOR would like to encourage everyone
to consider making a contribution today. 100% of every
donation will go towards one of the following essential
community services: 1. Financial aid for students who
can only afford part of the cost for DHOR ASL classes
2. Printing costs for fliers, brochures, etc so that we can
let more people know about DHOR at community events.
Please take the time today to donate because every dollar
helps keep this wonderful organization afloat! Either
bring your contribution to DHOR coffee night or any other
DHOR-sponsored event OR you can contribute to DHOR
coffee night or any other DHOR-sponsored event OR you
can contribute right now via PayPal:

A Thank you
for supporting DHOR!!

Help for Deaf Victims of Domestic Violence And Sexual
Assault Domestic violence against Deaf women occurs
frequently. This is evident from the news articles about
the most serious cases, that often involve the death of
the Deaf woman. Where can a fearful deaf or hard of
hearing woman experiencing abuse of her partner go for
help? Fortunately, there are many sources of help across
the country, including 24-hour hotlines. However, very
few have specialized shelters for battered Deaf women.
How common is domestic violence and sexual assault of
Deaf women? According to a deaf social services agency,
since half of all women experience domestic violence in
their lives, this translates to one in two Deaf, hard of
hearing, or deaf blind women. Even the Deaf actress and
producer Marlee Matlin was a victim of domestic violence,
and she wrote about this in her autobiography "I'll Scream
Later." Washington: Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy
Services - ADWAS is based in Seattle, Washington state.
Their services are for residents of King, Pierce or
Snohomish counties. Their services encompass advocacy
and counseling, including therapy. ADWAS also operates
a National Domestic Violence Hotline for the Deaf,
accessible by instant messaging, email, and video phone.
ADWAS has a transitional housing program, "A Place of
Our Own," and is the only Deaf social services agency is aware of that has its own shelter. ADWAS
also provides education and training to schools and
agencies on preventing assault and domestic violence."
ADWAS is on Facebook. The Facebook page has a
captioned video about ADWAS.

GLBTQI & Disabled Meetings

The goal is to allow everyone a chance to connect with
the larger community of similar people just like you for
discussion, guest speakers, field trips, socials, and nights
out. The Priorities of GLBTQI & Disabled· Open &
affirming care facilities· Lowering hate crime, sexual
violence and abuse disparities· Community engagement·
Minimize isolation· Securing accessible mental health
services· Information & Referral

Advocacy for the GLBTQI Disabled Community· Outreach
to healthcare workers· Fair Housing Good News– along
with our 2nd Tuesday of the month meeting @ 1 PM we
have added the 4th Saturday of the month @ 1 PM @
Q-Center. This will provide an opportunity for people to
connect to a larger LGBTQI & Disabled. Dan 503-213-3801 GLBTQI Persons with
Disabilities Group*Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the
month* 1-2:30pm Q Center, the NEW location 4115 N.
Mississippi Ave, Portland


This person was able to hear their whole life, and all
of a sudden they lost part or all of their hearing. How
can this person cope emotionally and avoid
depression? One way would be to keep busy, as with
anything try to keep your mind off. Another might be
to try a sign language class or get lipreading training,
to develop new needed communications skills, and
don't quit interacting with people. Check Out ALDA
(Association of Late Deafened Adults) chapter in your
area to seek support system.


Anyone who may be interested in providing tutoring to
one of our clients at Contact Lauren to
send you an attached the job description for your review.
Lauren Chandler, MSW Volunteer Coordinator 1132 SW
13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 T: 503.535.3840


Do you need any help with any kind maintenance repairs
or replace in your homes? George Myers who is fluent in
ASL will be happy to come over to help you and answer to
any questions you may have. Feel free contact
pager 503.303.9003 or 1.800.605.0860

SERVICE ANIMALS: Touching lives daily

March 2009 Spot magazine featured wonderful article,
"My Ears & His Eyes". The Service Animals as Dogs for
the Deaf have helped many hearing loss individuals.
In this article stated about a lady, Janice Justice, who
has sudden hearing loss due irreversible antibiotics
took her hearing. Janice described her struggles,
discovered the service dog take so much of fear away,
and DFD (Dogs For The Deaf org) did so much than
just supply her with a dog. For more information
about DFD look up

Youth M.O.V.E. National

Elicia Smith, recently have been hired by Oregon
Family Support Network at the Youth Engagement
Specialist for Multnomah County. The focus of our work
is to promote advocacy and peer support for families
and youth in all avenues of mental health. We'll soon
be launching a chapter of Youth M.O.V.E National
(Motivating Others through Voices of Experience), . Could you help get in
touch with youth from the Deaf community that may
want to get involved? This is an opportunity for youth
to tell their stories, celebrate successes and help
implement changes they want to see in mental health
systems and agencies. Elicia Smith Youth Engagement
Specialist-Multnomah County, Oregon Family Support
Network 503.539.0088 and


Small businesses can make themselves accessible to
Deaf and Hard of Hearing people by taking advantage
of a Federal tax credit. In doing the research for this
article, in some states there are additional tax credits
for a small business that makes itself accessible to
Deaf people. In these hard times, small businesses
need any competitive edge they can get. The edge can
be as simple as installing a system like OrderAssist.
The Indianopolis Star reports that a restaurant that
installed the system, found it had gained customers
with hearing loss, and word of mouth was spread
within the local Deaf community, resulting in more

Join The City of Portland Disability Group on

Nicole Cheron, Disability Program Coordinator for the
City of Portland, created a Facebook group as a place
to tap into the growing PWD (people with disabilities)
community in Portland. Find out what is happening
around the city,get information about current issues,
connect with others who have authentic experience
with disability as a culture, and so on. You are invited
to join the Facebook group, "City of Portland Disability
Project". To see more details and confirm this group
invitation, follow the link below: Facebook helps you find and keep in touch with family,
friends and colleagues. You can share unlimited
photos, plan events and join discussion groups. It's
free and everyone can join.To register go to:
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problems joining this group, please let me know please
contact at e-mail:


Donate to DHOR

DHOR is a volunteer-run organization that serves the community by sending out monthly announcements to over 400 people, hosting coffee socials where anywhere between 12 and 4 dozen people attend, and holding other community-run events. All people are welcome regardless of sign levels. Make your tax-deductible donation to DHOR today. Donations of all sizes appreciated.