We advocate for DHH access by serving Portland’s dynamic arts and culture community.
Northwest Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people love to attend concerts, theater events, and other cultural happenings. In 2016, two Portland Deaf ladies wanted to attend a concert. The manager told them he didn’t know where to hire interpreters and turned to CymaSpace for help. As a response to this need, the CymaSpace Access Program was born. Now we advocate for DHH access by serving Portland’s dynamic arts and culture community.
Portland arts organizations want to include DHH people in their events, but lack the resources to provide services. CymaSpace steps in by providing sign language interpreters and Open Captioning services.
Many arts organizations are small with limited budgets. CymaSpace Access Program provides micro-grant awards for qualifying businesses.
Event directors and coordinators understand their events need to be accessible, but need resources and consultation. The Access Program provide a 2-3 person team of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. They are vetted and qualified to interpret at live cultural events, including music concerts, theater productions, poetry readings, variety shows and more. Our Deaf-run advocacy service will assist you in finding the right solution for your access budget.
Weekday Base Rate $60/hr
Weekend Base Rate $66/hr
Live Captioning Decoder for Automatic Captioning