The Regional Resource Center on Deafness is housed in the College of Education along with the Divisions of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies, Teacher Education, and Health and Exercise Science. For over 50 years we have been writing grants to support students in fields such as interpreter training, deaf and hard of hearing education, and rehabilitation counseling. Grant awards from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) allow us to provide over $620,000 each year in stipends and tuition remissions for students in our undergraduate ASL/English Interpreting Program, our graduate level Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, and our month-long Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults certificate program. 

In addition to student support, we also provide outreach and technical assistance to interpreters through the Western Region Interpreter Education Center (a part of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, funded by RSA), and to adult settings such as colleges and vocational rehabilitation programs that are unfamiliar with providing access to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf with co-occurring disabilities through a contract with Pepnet 2.

News and Announcements


The RRCD is conducting a Community Needs Assessment for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Loss communities. The survey is open through August 31st., 2016.


2017 ASL Immersion (Annual Silent Weekend)


Rita Jo Scarcella shared Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults's photo to the group: Regional Resource Center on Deafness @ Western Oregon University. ... See MoreSee Less

HKNC is pleased to announces the theme for the 2017 Deaf-Blind Awareness Week ( June 25 to July 1). This year's theme focuses on the "Power of Touch." Even with all the new communication devices and equipment, people in the deaf-blind community recognize that there is a time and place for technology and a time and place to put it down and connect through the power of touch. The best connection will always be a human connection! ow.ly/8PMP30cAEgF

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To those who believes that Deaf, Hard of hearing and Deaf Blind people of Oregon need to have a service agency. Please call or email Senator Devlin, Representative Nathanson, Representative Kotel and Senator Courtney to push SB 1018, SB 1023, SB 829, HB 3412, and HB 3415 out to floor for vote!!! Your support matters!!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Friendly reminder for this Thursday, June 1st! ... See MoreSee Less

Friendly reminder for this coming Thursday!!! Legislative Awareness Day We, together, need to push to get the following bills SB 1018 SB 1023 HB 3412 HB 3415 OUT of Ways and Means committee and move the bill forward! IMPORTANT DAY and please come to share your support!

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