Police Training

For the past three years, the executive director of Bridges Oregon independently from this organization has taught “Effective Communication between the Law Enforcement and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing” class every month to new incoming students at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). As of 2020, it is estimated over 2,000 law enforcement officers have gone through this training, and more continue to receive this training. The executive director continues to develop and maintain working relationships with multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Currently, this organization provides training to law enforcement. We can customize our training program to meet the time constraints and needs of your group and organization. To discuss opportunities for your group, contact the Bridges Oregon.

  • Sample of presentation (coming soon)
  • Video: Partnership Between Police and Deaf Communities (link)
  • Video: Oregon Police Training video (link)

To request your own personal copy of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Communication Card with Police (visor card, wallet card), please consider making a contribution to help us ship you your own copy. Contact us to make your request.


Law enforcement agencies and any other entities interested in having them in stock for local distribution, please send an inquiry to Theresa Janda with DPSST at theresa.janda@state.or.us.

Healthcare Training

The Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community struggles with significant health disparities and is often excluded from health surveillance, outreach programs, and mass media healthcare messages. This community, through cultural and language barriers, are at high risk for poor health knowledge and inequitable access to medical and behavioral care in the healthcare system.

In attempts to meet the diverse needs of Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing people, Bridges Oregon offers workshops to medical providers to overcome communication barriers which present with Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing patients. The presentation will cover Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing needs, impacts of misdiagnosis and language deprivation, Deaf culture and communication etiquette, legal duties, pitfalls, and how to avoid the latter.

From the recent data through the Community-Based Needs Assessment that was published by the Research and Resource Center with Deaf communities (RRCD) at Western Oregon University. Findings included that there was a report of difficulties in accessing public services in the past 12 months.

  • 45.7% – Oregon healthcare worker was impatient with communication
  • 40.3% – No interpreter available
  • 25.7% – Interpreter not qualified
  • 17.9% – CART or caption services not available
  • 11.4% – No FM/Loop/Personal assistive listening system

Source: Community-Based Needs Assessment (CNA) of Oregon’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities: Final Report as of December 30, 2016.

Contact us to schedule a workshop at info@bridgesoregon.org.

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) training

Bridges Oregon training staff and board member(s) has extensive knowledge of and experience in disability law issues, best practices, and trends, and have provided training program for entities such as:

  • Emergency Management
  • Health Care Providers
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Postsecondary Educational Institutions
  • State & Local Government

Topics includes, but are not limited to:

  • ADA Employment Requirements
  • ADA Overview
  • Effective Communication
  • Reasonable Accommodations

The executive director is a certified American with Disabilities Act Coordinator (ADAC) from ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program at University of Missouri. The certification verities that participants have completed training in required content areas and have an in-depth of knowledge of ADA issues.

We can customize our training program to meet the time constraints and needs of your group or organization. To discuss opportunities for your group, contact Bridges Oregon.