Who We Are Our Portland chapter is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere for you to meet other hard of hearing people and learn about issues related to hearing loss. During the school year, we have monthly chapter meetings open to anyone interested in hearing loss.
New to Hearing Loss? If you’re just starting to learn about hearing loss, please check out hearingloss.org/, the website of our national organization, the Hearing Loss Association of America. There is so much useful information there; click on all the topics: Hearing Help, Support, Online Community, Events, Advocacy and Membership.
Newsletter We send out an email newsletter before each monthly meeting, Sept through May, and occasionally send other messages. Please click on this link: Sign Up for Our Newsletter to be added. We welcome you!
If you'd like to get e-news messages from national HLAA, you can sign up by going to hearingloss.org and from the "online community" drop down menu, choose the "e-news signup" option. They send about two messages each week.
Membership Individual membership in the national Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) costs just $35.00/year. For information or to join, go to HLAA's home page, www.hearingloss.org. These dues support activities of the national organization in Bethesda (Maryland) and entitle you to membership in the local and state organizations.
It is not necessary to be a member to attend Portland Chapter monthly meetings; everyone affected by hearing loss is welcome.
We do welcome your donations directly to our chapter, HLAA – Portland, as well (tax deductible, 501-c-3), mailing address above!
2018 HLAA Convention Information The 2018 Hearing Loss Association of America Convention will be June 21 – 24, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. Early-bird registration usually opens in October and provides discounted registration rates through late March. Increased rates begin then and continue through May 31, 2018 when pre-convention registration closes. For more info, go to http://www.hearingloss.org/content/convention
Former Chapter President Mark Foster provides an explanation of Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) as well as useful links for ALDs and using technology with hearing loss. Read It Get information on Oregon Communication Project (OR-CAP), an organization that works with hearing-impaired members to gain compliance with Oregon state and Federal disability law. OR-CAP’s past successes include open captioning at Portland Trail Blazer games at the Moda Center. Learn more about OR-CAP here
11 Questions People with Hearing Loss Should Ask Prior To Staying In A Hospital
"Being a patient with a hearing loss does not have to be frightening but preparation is needed. It is important to contact the hospital as far in advance as possible to discuss and request aids or services that may be needed. Hospitals should have a designated person/office to whom such requests should be made and to whom patients can contact in the event the hospital fails to provide the requested accommodations.
"The following are recommended questions to ask your doctor and hospital prior to your stay, such as:
"Can your hearing aids/cochlear implant processors stay in/on during surgery or until you fall asleep?"
Flash, Shake & Wake: Portland Fire Dept. Offers Free Alarms for Portlanders with Hearing Disabilities
A new Portland Fire and Rescue program provides free specialized alarms to Portlanders with hearing loss. These alarms utilize bed shakers and strobe lights to warn those who can’t hear audible alarms that there is either fire or carbon monoxide danger. The program is jointly funded by FEMA and the City.
Do you have a complaint about the captioning on your TV? To make a complaint, first contact the local broadcast station (see below) or your cable or satellite provider. To get the station’s contact info for captioning issues, go to https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/ and enter the station's call sign, e.g., KATU or KPTV, or the zipcode for cable providers.
A Portland success: Captions on TVs in Public Places; How can we make this requirement truly effective?
In November 2015, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to require that televisions in public places in Portland must display captioning. The requirement applies also at places where membership or an entrance fee is required, such as TVs at gyms.
The ordinance relies on us to help inform local businesses and get them into compliance. For help informing local businesses of the requirement and, if necessary, enforcing it, go to http://www.captionsonnow.net/
No-Cost Captioned Phones and Tablet Computers Available on Loan
The State of Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has three programs to assist Oregon residents with telephone communications.
The Oregon Lifeline reduces monthly telephone bills for Oregonians receiving qualifying benefits.
A relay service that allows a person with a hearing or speech disability to place and receive phone calls.
The third program is the Telecommunication Devices Access Program (TDAP), which loans adaptive telecommunication devices at no cost and with no income restrictions to eligible Oregonians. TDAP can provide only one device per person. Go to puc.state.or.us/Pages/rspf/index.aspx to see the available devices and get the application forms.
Loaned devices include captioned phones, amplified phones, and iPads.
The State of Washington also has assistance programs for its residents. Go to http://watap.org/ for more information about Washington programs.
Movie Lovers: There are many captioned movies in the Portland area
In the greater Portland area, there are at least 25 movie theaters where you can see movies with captions.
Several local independent theaters provide CaptiView caption decoders for many movies. They are Cinema 21 on NW 21st Avenue and all the McMenamins theaters (Bagdad, Edgefield, St Johns Theater & Pub, Mission Theater, Kennedy School, Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Old St Francis in Bend, Olympic Club in Centralia and Anderson School in Bothell WA)
All 16 Regal Cinemas and all three Cinemark/Century theaters also offer free caption decoders for most movies. Regal uses Sony glasses, and Cinemark/Century has CaptiView decoders.
At each theater, you just need to ask for a device when you buy your ticket. You may be asked to leave your driver's license as security. A Caveat: Because not all movies are distributed with captions encoded, be sure to check with the theater beforehand to make sure the movie you want to see is captioned. For Regal and Cinemark/Century: go to the chain website or fandango, enter your zipcode, pick a venue from the resulting list, the "CC" icon indicates movies with captions.
For the chain venues (Cinemark/Century and Regal) the website Fandango also indicates when/where captions are offered; type in your zipcode for local showtimes and look for "Closed Caption" above the list of show times.
When will more theaters offer and publicize captioned movies?
That's probably up to you / us.
None of the venues that already have captioning devices does very much to publicize their devices or the movies that have captions. Please give these theater managers constructive feedback on the availability and use of these devices, and ask them to publicize their availability better.
For the theaters that don't offer caption decoding devices, or open captioned screenings, please let them know you would love to patronize them but need captions. Most movies are now distributed with captions. Theater managers can choose to turn them on so everyone can see them ("open captioning") at selected screenings (a low-cost option), or they can purchase and provide viewers with caption decoders like the ones at Cinema 21, McMenamins, Regal and Cinemark/Century venues. But if no one ever asks them for captions, they're unlikely to take either step. So ask them.
We would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows about any other local venues that provide captions in any form (e.g., using devices like those used at the chains, or regularly scheduling and publicizing open-captioned screenings). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captioning at Local Live Theater
Three local venues currently offer open-captioned performances of productions on their stages: Portland Center Stage, Artists' Repertory Theatre and Broadway In Portland.
When you want to buy tickets for a captioned performance, be sure to tell the box office you need the captioned performance andthat you need to be seated where the captions are easily visible and readable.
Portland Center Stage Click here to see the list of 2017-18 signed and open captioned performances at Portland Center Stage. PCS' home is the Gerding Theater at NW 11th and Davis Street. Their OC performances are usually one Saturday matinee for each play.
Artists' Repertory Theatre Located at SW Morrison and 16th, the Artists' Repertory Theatre is open captioning all but one of the plays in its 2017-18 season. ART provides captions at one Saturday 2pm performance of each play's run. An Octoroon on Sep 30, Caught on Oct 28, The Humans on Dec 10, Between Riverside and Crazy on Mar 31, The Thanksgiving Play on Apr 28,and I and You on Jun 16. At this time, there is no OC performance scheduled for their premiere of Magellanica. See ART website for updates.
Broadway in Portland Touring Broadway shows come to the Keller Auditorium at SW 2nd and Clay in downtown. In recent seasons, one performance of each show has been open captioned. The 2017-18 season includes The Bodyguard – The Musical, The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, The Sound of Music, Hamilton, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Waitress.
One performance of each show is open captioned, usually the final performance on a Sunday evening. To find out about the shows, see Broadway In Portland website. Single show tickets will soon be on sale. For any particular show, click on “buy tickets” then click on “more info” for the performance you want to attend. If it doesn’t mention open captioning, choose look at another performance times or, instead of purchasing online, email email@example.com or call 503-248-4335. If you purchase tickets through the Broadway in Portland website, enter the Promo Code “OPEN” to get seating in the section where captions are visible. Oregon Shakespeare Festival The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland also provides caption decoding devices at performances of all 11 plays in their season. The 2017 season includes Beauty and the Beast, The Odyssey, Shakespeare in Love, four Shakespeare Plays and several other contemporary works. Caption decoders are offered by request, beginning three weeks after the Opening Night of each production, via the use of a tablet device at the user’s seat. Contact the Box Office to reserve a device. Reservations are required. Call toll free 800-219-8161, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To begin offering their captioned performances, all these companies received funding assistance from the Theatre Development Fund, TDF, known by many for their TKTS discount booths in New York City.
TDF also supports Open Captioned theatre performances at venues in New York City and other cities around the US. For more info, including captioned plays at venues in New York, Seattle and other cities, look for "Accessibility Programs" on the “Quick Menu” at the TDF website.
Please spread the word about live theater captioning at these venues, and let us know if there are any that we have missed.
Our parent organization, the Hearing Loss Association of America, regularly offers one-hour webinars (interactive online seminars) on topics of interest to people dealing with hearing loss. They are first shown live, usually on Wednesday afternoons at 5pm Pacific Time, about once a month. (Note: There are no new Webinars scheduled in Fall 2017. They will resume in January 2018.) Webinars are also recorded and can be watched later. If you're participating in a live webinar (not watching a recording later), you can usually send in questions for the speaker. All HLAA webinars are free and captioned. If you've never watched a webinar before, give it a try. It can be fun as well as informative.
Past webinar recordings you can watch online anytime include:
Kid APProved! Getting and Using Apps on your Devices
OTC Hearing Aids: Rationale for Support
A Patient’s Guide to Tinnitus
Wait – There’s a Student with Hearing Loss Coming into My Class?
Let's Caption the World
The "ditto," a small wearable device notifies you when your smartphone has an incoming call, text or other message. (A Product Showcase)
Nurturing Resilience In the Face of Hearing Loss
I Survived the Holidays....Barely!
Aging America and Hearing Loss
CapTel Captioned Telephone (A Product Showcase)
Equal Access to Health Care Services for Individuals with Disabilities
A Smartphone Is a Hearing Assistive Technology
If you've never participated in a live online HLAA webinar - you need to go in ahead of time and set up your computer before your first one - it takes less than 15 minutes - click on this link to prepare your device so you'll be ready to join in. On the day of the webinar, use that same link. To replay it later, or to watch any other past webinar or get transcripts from past webinars, click here.
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