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 didn’t know where to hire interpreters and turned to CymaSpace for help. As a result, 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 a disability-led program to refer sign language interpreters and provide Open Captioning services.
New for 2020: As the world shelters due to the COVID-19, the Access Program is answering the call to provide broadcasting media access. We are expanding our media services to provide open caption generation and Video Remote Interpreters for live streamed and pre-recorded broadcasts.
Event directors and coordinators understand their events need to be accessible, but need resources and consultation. The Access Program recruits 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 interpreters for your event schedule and access budget.
Weekday Base Rate $60/hr
Weekend Base Rate $66/hr
CymaSpace provides real-time, on-location auto-captioning services with our Portable Open Captioning System (POCS). This cost-effective solution uses adaptive speech-to-text AI from the cloud, (A WIFI connection is needed). Fee includes a technician who will set up and transport the system to your event. The auto-caption system transmits 90% accurate text clarity depending on voice quality and background interference.
POCS rental + Technical Support $80/hr