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" Bridges Oregon, Inc. is a nonprofit for Oregonians who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing or face other communication barriers. It is in our mission to facilitate equity, inclusiveness and provide a bridge to opportunities through advocacy, education and communication. "
Since 2013, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community sought a community-based assessment that will identify and address the needs and concerns of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community in Oregon as it relates to their overall quality of life. In December 2016, a report of the community-based needs assessment was published by Western Oregon University (WOU). With this report, the community worked with the legislature during the 2017 session to no avail. Bridges Oregon was founded to respond to the needs in the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community. The IRS awarded Bridges Oregon a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on February 8, 2018.