For families interested in enrolling their children to the Oregon School for the Deaf, the school provides a special three-hour tour. These tours are led by the Outreach Program Coordinator. The tour provides an in-depth look at the campus. Each tour is different, depending on the ages and interests of each family. As part of the tour, the family has the opportunity to meet with some of the teachers, observe classes, see the gym, eat in the school cafeteria, and visit the residence halls to get an idea of student life. The tour provides a wonderful opportunity for the family to ask any questions they might have about the school. A chance to meet the supervising teacher to review the enrollment process is also included.
To schedule a tour of OSD, contact:
Email: Sharla Jones
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.
Parent Resource Group
Last year, OSD hosted weekly meetings of parents and children for the purpose of supporting families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children, sharing information and practicing ASL together. The format was as follows: 30 minutes of presentation, either given by our ASL Specialist, or an invited guest, 30 minutes of ASL Storytelling, modeled by our ASL Specialist and practiced with the parents, and 30 minutes of question and answer and social activity. Voice Interpreting and babysitting was provided during the Parent Resource Group. At this time, the Parent Resource Group is on hold until further notice.
We have a Facebook group - OSD Parent Resource Group - If you are a parent and have a Facebook account, please feel free to join the group.