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.

ASL Sign Language Interpreting

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
Per Interpreter

Weekend Base Rate $66/hr
Per Interpreter

Automatic CART Captioning

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

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Thank you for your commitment to providing access.

Captioning your events and video content builds your audience.

85 percent of Facebook video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers. Captioning videos allows viewers to understand your message increasing audience engagement.

Live captioning fosters diversity and improves satisfaction

One in four Americans have some degree of hearing difficulty. Live captioning (also known as CART) benefits a large number of people from a wide range of communication styles. Attendee satisfaction and understanding is increased at a captioned event.

Interpreting your meetings and workshops increases understanding and accuracy

An interpreter will facilitate communication between two or more people and assure participants are fully engaged while having equal opportunities to contribute to public discourse, learning, and advancement.

Do you qualify for our Access Grant Award?

CymaSpace is proud to offer a micro-grant program to provide access services. Recipients of this award are limited to individuals or organizations with an annual budget less than $100,000 that wish to provide opportunities to the DHH community for communication access. Award money can be used to pay for Access Program services only.

If your annual budget is $0-$50,000, we will supplement your access services budget up to $300.
If your annual budget is $50,000-$100,000 We will supplement your access services budget up to $250. 

Each individual or organization can apply for this award once per year. The Access Grant Award program is possible thanks to support from Oregon Community Foundation.


What is CymaSpace?

  • Accessibility & Inclusion

    We are a leading advocate for accessibility and inclusion within the performing arts. We are constantly striving to find new ways to ensure our venue and events are inclusive, especially to Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing communities.

  • Technology & Arts Incubator

    We provide incubator services for new fledgling organizations and communities that are exploring emerging concepts in combining technology and the arts.

  • Education & Outreach

    We provide educational opportunities for artists, the general public and other performance venues interested in incorporating our unique, cymatic concepts into their work.

  • Cymatic Study

    CymaSpace is an epicenter for Cymatic study and we are committed to raising awareness of and promoting the benefits of Cymatics (the science and study of sound made visible).