Empowerment United Conference

How to Advocate and
Empower Deaf Survivors

Every Wednesday in April 2024 (3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)
Open and free to all, everywhere. Voiced interpretation will be provided.

Let’s unite for a more
inclusive Oregon.

Join us this April for a transformative series of virtual workshops designed to shed light on the specific barriers faced by the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing communities. These challenges include navigating a world designed for the hearing, the heightened risk of domestic violence, and the lack of accessible support services.

Our conference aims to educate, empower, and provide advocacy tools to better support Deaf survivors and foster a more inclusive community. For more information, please contact us at info@bridgesoregon.org.

  • Join us: United Empowerment Conference; How to Advocate and Empower Deaf Survivors
  • Addressing unique barriers for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing: Navigating communication obstacles, ensuring access to vital services, and addressing the heightened risk of domestic violence.
  • Every Wednesday in April - A series of visual workshops aimed at education, empowerment, and advocacy.
  • Open to everyone. Learn, engage, and advocate for change. Be a part of the solution.
  • For more details and to register, contact info@bridgesoregon.org. Let's unite for a more inclusive Oregon.

Event Details:

When: Every Wednesday in April 2024
Where: Virtual via Zoom; Register today here.
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Bridges Oregon

Please register in advance for each workshop by going here. Open and free to all, everywhere. Voiced interpretation will be provided.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you’re an interpreter looking to earn CEUs, we’re offering a workshop titled “Trauma-Informed Care for Interpreters.” For more details, click here.

Workshop Schedule and Descriptions:

This conference aims to address the unique challenges faced by the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing communities, including barriers to communication, accessibility issues, and the heightened risks of domestic violence. By joining us, you will contribute to building a stronger, more supportive community that acknowledges and addresses these critical issues.

Cultural Considerations & Accommodations
Come Take A Walk in Our Shoes
Reframing Beliefs: Centering DV_SV Survivors in Our Work
Language + Disability Justice: Inclusion for Deaf Survivors
Cultural Considerations & Accommodations

Understanding and Inclusion
Cultural Considerations & Accommodations

Date & Time: April 3rd, 3-4:15 PM

Presenter: Al Mascarenas

Join Al Mascarenas as he delves into effective communication strategies and cultural considerations essential for engaging with the Deaf community. Discover how to foster safe and inclusive environments that respect and celebrate diversity.

Register today here.

Come Take A Walk in Our Shoes

Experience a New Perspective
Come Take A Walk in Our Shoes

Date & Time: April 10th, 3-5 PM
Presenter: Chad A. Ludwig

Led by Chad A. Ludwig, this presentation invites attendees to understand the life experiences of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Learn about the importance of advocacy, accommodation, and the diverse identities within these communities.

Register today here.



Reframing Beliefs: Centering DV_SV Survivors in Our Work

Empowering Through Understanding
Reframing Beliefs: Centering DV/SV Survivors in Our Work

Date & Time: April 17th, 3-4:30 PM
Presenter: Brian Berlinski

Brian Berlinski’s workshop addresses the critical need for service providers to understand the unique challenges faced by Deaf DV/SV survivors. Gain insights into cultural nuances and communication barriers that impact their access to support and services.

Register today here.



Language + Disability Justice: Inclusion for Deaf Survivors

Advocacy and Accessibility
Language + Disability Justice: Inclusion for Deaf Survivors

Date & Time: April 24th, 3-4:30 PM
Presenter: Aracelia Aguilar

Explore the intersections of language, disability justice, and support for Deaf survivors with Aracelia Aguilar. This workshop emphasizes the necessity of inclusive communication and advocacy to empower Deaf survivors and address systemic barriers.

Register today here.

Survivors Share
Tales of Strength & Courage

Date & Time: April 26th, 3-4:00 PM
Co-Facilitators: Al Mascarenas and Nicholas Miles
Panel with 4 Deaf Survivors: Les Bird, Unity Grant, Britney Taylor, Aubree Thompson

Register today here.

FAQs and Additional Information

For more details, accessibility requests, or questions, please contact us at info@bridgesoregon.org.

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