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.


Exciting Announcement!
Vibrant Tactile Independence LLC (VTI) announces the new Facebook group titled as Support Service Providers (SSPs) for our DeafBlind Community (SSP4DBC). VTI is the leader of National Support Service Provider Task Force (NSSPTF).

The purpose of the Group: To bring the SSP community together to share SSP related information, support each other and enhance new skills and tools through team approach.

Tagline: We believe that SSP and DB work closely together in harmony.

The description of the gorup: National Support Service Providers Task Force (NSSPTF) runs this group for SSPs and DeafBlind community and run by DB admin staff. NSSPTF believes that each SSP has an opportunity to share his or her experiences working as a SSP, reach out for advice, ideas, thoughts, skill development and tools to enhance his or her SSP experience. We are here to support each and every SSP to support one another as a whole united team approach.
DB Admin Staff for this Facebook group is: Ryan Bondroff, Randy Pope and Mark Gasaway.

To reach out to Ryan Bond off with any questions, or have more information or your interest to join into the task force committee or subcommittees:

Contact Info: Ryan Bondroff
Email: nssptf@gmail.com
DB and SSP folks are more than welcome to join this group.
We hope that you will enjoy and benefit from this group and YOU ALL ROCK!
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Please come join us for Western Oregon University's Richard Woodcock Education Center Grand Opening! Friday, September 23rd from 4 - 6 pm. The RWEC is located on the WOU campus, just south of Hamersly Library. ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteer interpreting opportunity, good place for our new interpreting students to practice. Please contact Erin Ross if interested.

Hello everyone! I am planning to sign up for a co-op toddler class in South Salem. I'm looking for a volunteer who seeks some interpreting experience for the weekly class. Interpreter will be for me (deaf mother with CODA son) for 2 hours class on Tuesday morning. It will start in end of September and ends in January. Interpreter will get lot break during 2-hours classroom since it's primarily for toddlers to play with others. I need the interpreter to allow me to participate in parents' discussion time at end of the class and some during the class. Please let me know if you are interested or if you need additional information at erinross86@gmail.com. Please spread words and tag to whoever could help me out. Thank you!
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