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Contributed by | Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s beauty in Portland, a city known for an extensive park system, award winning mass transit system, and short city blocks punctuated with public art and old fashioned statuary, fountains, bridges and parks.

Although you don’t need hearing services to enjoy Portland’s scenic beauty, those with hearing loss might enjoy the assistance the following attractions provide to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Portland has a plethora of things to do! 
Try these suggestions for something 
hearing loss friendly!

Art and culture

Portland Art Museum

1219 SW Park Ave

Portland, Oregon 97205

The Portland Art Museum was founded in 1892 when seven leaders from Portland’s business and cultural institutions created the Portland Art Association. Their goal was to create a first-class art museum that would be accessible to all citizens. Today, the Portland Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States, with a collection of 42,000 objects reflecting the history of art from ancient times to present day including modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, print, and drawings; and English silver. The museum is also known for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America.

The PAM spans 2.5 acres, which includes the modernist-style Belluschi Building, the historic Mark Building and an outdoor sculpture court. Assistive listening devices are available for all lectures. Sign language interpreters are available with a three week advance notice.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Art matters – and for that reason, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts brings more than 1,000 music, theater, dance and lecture performances to Portland each year. The Center is the fifth largest performing arts center in the United States with five venues which draw more than one million patrons to downtown Portland’s Cultural District every year.

Venues include Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Arlene Schnitzer, Brunish Theater, Keller Auditorium, Main Street, Newmark Theatre and Winningstad Theatre.

Assistive listening devices are available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis at the coat checkroom of each building. ID is required. Sign language interpretation for select events is available throughout the year. For information, call the box office at 503-248-4335. Open captioning for select events, including the U.S. Bank Broadway Across America Portland performances, is also available. Tickets in the captioned section are available online or by calling 503-248-4335.


Moda Center

One Center court, Suite 150

Portland, Oregon 97227

Watch the NBA Portland Trail Blazers play in this 12,000 seat, $267 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. Shop at the Trail Blazers Fan Shop, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and during Trail Blazer games and eat at the Pyramid Taproom at Schonely’s Place, a 240-seat brewpub and tribute to the famous voice of the trail Blazers, which opens two hours prior to tipoff. Moda Center tours for groups of 10 or more are available when booked one week in advance, depending on event programming.

Assistive listening devices are available free of charge for any event from the Guest Information Booth with a photo ID. Sign language interpretation is available by written request two weeks prior to the event. Contact the Rose Quarter Box Office at 503-797-9619 or to request a sign language interpreter.

Hearing loss associations

Hearing Loss Association of Oregon

PO Box 2112

Portland, Oregon 97208

The Portland chapter provides a supportive atmosphere for those with hearing loss in which to learn about issues related to hearing loss. Meetings are real-time captioned and equipped with a loop system to accommodate those who wear hearing devices equipped with telecoils. Meetings take place on the third Monday of each month, September through May, at Legacy Good Samaritan Main Hospital.

Deaf and Hearing Out Reach Organization

PO Box 86938

Portland, Oregon 97286-0938

DHOR is a local signing community of deaf and hearing people. The volunteer-run organization serves the community by providing social, educational and community resources for all residents, regardless of their signing abilities. Activities include coffee socials and other community events.

Quiet conversation restaurants


1303 NE Fremont St.

Portland, OR 97212


Reservations are recommended at this Cajun/Creole dining restaurant, where ingredients indigenous to the South are shipped via air cargo twice weekly to ensure freshness. Zagat reviewers appreciate the upscale, cheery atmosphere, bourbon selection and competent staff.

Bread and Ink Café

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Portland, Oregon 97214


Zagat reviewers say quality ingredients and interesting preparations, along with a reasonably priced menu, are highlights of this American cuisine restaurant. Breakfast and brunch are popular; reservations can be made online.

Hearing care professionals

In addition to a variety of different venues and stops to make, Portland has a strong base of hearing healthcare professionals. To find a hearing care professional in Portland, visit the Healthy Hearing site!

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