OSD Community Program mission is to provide a link between the school, families, and the community.
The Oregon School for the Deaf serves as a statewide educational resource center on deafness providing outreach and resource services to Oregon's deaf and hard of hearing students, parents, families, and professionals working to meet the needs of persons throughout the state who are deaf and hard of hearing.
OSD’s Outreach Services
The Oregon School for the Deaf serves as a statewide educational resource center on deafness providing outreach and resource services to Oregon’ s deaf and hard of hearing students, parents, families, and professionals working to meet the needs of persons throughout the state who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Family Resources and Services
The Outreach Program collaborates with the OSD Parent Association and the Oregon Society for Deaf Children to provide services to families of deaf and hard of hearing children. One such collaborative activity is the Family Weekend at Camp Taloali held in June for families with deaf and hard of hearing children. A campus newsletter for families is distributed monthly to give families information on upcoming events at OSD, student accomplishments, information and parenting resources, and community activities that families can participate in. Individualized tours are provided to families interested in placing their children at OSD.
Volunteers play an important role in supporting the work and mission of OSD. They assist with academic programs, recreation, fundraising, campus activities, and program support. Volunteers are recruited, trained, and supervised by the Outreach Program.
The Outreach Coordinator is the chief Public Relations officer for OSD. Press releases and articles are disseminated through publications (Family Newsletter, Outlook), media, electronic news, other state agencies, and the OSD website.
The Outreach Program gives presentations to various community groups (schools, businesses, organizations, youth groups, etc.) on the following topics: general overview of OSD, Deaf Culture and Community, and interacting/working with Deaf people.
OSD houses a comprehensive collection of items of historical significance and maintains archival records of its film, photographs, and publications. Free tours and research sessions are scheduled through the Outreach Program.
The Outreach Program works with the OSD Alumni Association and OSD alumni to communicate OSD news to its alumni, and to collaborate on activities and project that benefit future, current and past students of OSD.
Use of Campus Facilities
OSD opens its campus to the community (youth groups, sports programs, deaf community groups, universities, educational programs, theater and arts groups, and corporate partners) and to the state for business and recreational purposes.
The Outreach Program coordinates various events (Deaf Awareness Week, Career Fair, special ceremonies, performances, exhibits, speakers, etc.). The community is invited to attend these events.
Tours are provided to acquaint the general public with the school's services and programs. Tours are also available to schools with ASL/ Deaf Studies courses to expose students to Deaf Culture, Community, History, and ASL.
Information and Referral
The Outreach Program maintains a extensive database of information in order to respond to inquiries about the following topic areas: OSD, educational placement of deaf/hard of hearing children, ASL and interpreting, other deaf schools and programs, deafness-related information and materials, workshops and training programs, family education opportunities, and general public awareness.
Requests for presentations or technical assistance by community agencies, schools, and organizations are filled by utilizing a pool of staff and community members with expertise in the subject area.
OSD is a resource on deafness for the entire state including families, school districts, education service districts and Regional Programs. It provided direct educational programming or resource support to more than 2000 students, families, educators and members of the public in the 2001-2002 school year. These services include audiological, psychological and educational assessments, consultations, technical information, and staff training.
The Outreach Program collaborates with OSD’s corporate, state and community partners to enhance opportunities for OSD students and the deaf community statewide.
It is a policy of the State Board of Education and a priority of the Oregon Department of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310; phone 503-947-5740; fax 503- 378-4772; or TDD 503-378-2892.
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