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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- For the 29,000 people in Multnomah County with some form of hearing loss, relying on the traditional beeping of a fire alarm to alert them to a fire is not enough.

That's why Portland Fire & Rescue launched a program called Flash Shake Wake with help from a federal grant...

Read more: http://koin.com/2017/08/14/portland-distributes-smoke-alarms-for-hearing...

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EVENT: Fair Housing for Independent Living

Affordable, accessible housing is hard to come by in the Portland area. Let's make sure disability status doesn't present another barrier to finding and maintaining housing. You are invited to this one-hour training to support housing self-advocacy.

When: Monday, August 28, 7 p.m.

Where: SE Uplift (3534 SE Main St. in Portland)

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1470685389646555/?active_tab=about
The training is...
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Oregon Emergency Management on Eclipse

Posted on August 20, 2017


As the eclipse quickly approaches, issues related to traffic, wildfires, and smoke are affecting travel. Rumors related to fuel, and a shortage of eclipse-rated glasses, are also prompting concerns. The Oregon Eclipse Joint Information Center, working with partner centers and agencies around the state, will issue regular updates starting today. 


The State Emergency Communications Center (ECC) elevated from "enhanced watch" for the eclipse to activation at 1 p.m. on Friday in order...
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In many ways, Gallaudet University looks like any other liberal-arts college in America: Brick buildings and leafy walkways are abundant on its campus in Washington, D.C. But at Gallaudet, American Sign Language (ASL) is the lingua franca, and creating space for deaf culture a main priority. Walking to class, students sign in rapid-fire...

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/08/gallaudet-franklin-...

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Want become a CDI: Training Available

Posted on August 20, 2017

Hi everyone, 

The CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter)training will be held at Portland Community College at Sylvania campus. Check video for the dates and more information about it. 


Do you want to become a CDI?

Have others told you you would make a great CDI?

Do you know others who you think would make a great CDI?

If your answer is YES, please watch this video about an intensive CDI training in Portland this Fall provided by Rupert Dubler at https://www.youtube.com/...
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Tsering Shola never imagined childhood hearing loss would lead to national accolades.

The 16-year-old Camas High School student is one of 12 people across the country honored by the 2017 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a competition that recognizes those who are changing society's idea of what it means to live with hearing loss.

The public has been invited to cast their votes for Shola at www.Oticon.com/FOP now through Thursday, Aug. 31.

The total number of votes received by each finalist will help determine who will be the first,...
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Oregon became 4th State to have LEAD-K

Posted on August 16, 2017


The legislative bill, HB 3412, TODAY!!!

It is the #LEADK bill!!!! 

This act establishes a task force to study the idea behind LEAD-K. This act is not the actual LEAD-K bill, the actual one will be introduced in 2019 legislative session. 

Oregon became 4th state to have #LEADK legislation.

We received unanimous vote with Democrat and Republican from both sides  with House and Senate. 


To learn more: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/...
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US Congress Alert: EHDI

Posted on August 10, 2017


Your help is needed on an important Congress issue. Are you familiar with the early hearing detection and intervention program? Well it's now being discussed for reauthorization for the next FIVE years.  What does that mean? Hospitals and teachers everywhere in the USA depend on the Congress to pass this bill again so they can get the money to pay for the hearing screening tests and language services (like speech therapy and ASL classes) for newly born deaf and hard of hearing babies and their families. 

So yes, this bill (H.R. 1539) is important to make...
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