We advocate for DHH access by serving Portland’s dynamic arts and culture community.

Northwest Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people love to attend concerts, theater events, and other cultural happenings. In 2016, two Portland Deaf ladies wanted to attend a music concert. The manager didn’t know where to hire sign language interpreters and turned to CymaSpace for help. As a result, the CymaSpace Access Program was born. Now we advocate for DHH access by serving Portland’s dynamic arts and culture community.

The CymaSpace Access Program provides communication services for art and culture nonprofits, educational institutions, etc. that recognize the need to create accessible and inclusive environments for the Northwest Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community.
Many arts organizations want to include DHH people in their events, but lack the resources to provide services. CymaSpace steps in by providing disability-led programming and support. We to refer sign language interpreters, provide Open Captioning, and create communication-accessible solutions for both physical audiences and online broadcasted media.

Please respect our two week notice for all services by planning ahead. 

New for 2020: As the world shelters due to the COVID-19, the Access Program is answering the call to provide broadcasting media access. We are expanding our media services to provide open caption generation and Video Remote Interpreters for live streamed and pre-recorded broadcasts.

Live Stage Services

ASL Sign Language Interpreting

Event directors and coordinators understand their events need to be accessible, but need resources and consultation. The Access Program recruits American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. They are vetted and qualified to interpret at live cultural events, including music concerts, theater productions, poetry readings, variety shows and more. Our Deaf-run advocacy service will assist you in finding the right interpreters for your event schedule and access budget.

Weekday Base Rate $60/hr
Per Interpreter

Weekend Base Rate $66/hr
Per Interpreter

Do you want Live Stream Broadcasting support with a focus on accessibility and inclusion for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing? Our tech staff can support your needs by mixing your video media with captioning and recruit remote Sign Language Interpreters for broadcasting to all Social Media platforms.

Basic Broadcasting Service: A CymaSpace technician will mix your live stream or broadcasted video with caption and/or interpreter windows. Recommended for all our live stream captioning and sign language interpreter broadcast services. Basic Broadcasting service includes open or closed auto caption generation. Auto captions provide approximately 80% text accuracy. Interpreting services and Real Time Captioning services are not included in the basic fee.

Remote ASL Interpreter: A qualified sign language VRI (Video Remote Interpreter) working remotely will be added in a window of your broadcast media in tandem with captioning, (if requested).
$60-$66/hr. per interpreter.

Real Time Captioning Service: When captioning accuracy is a priority, we offer live stream real time captioning solutions as an option.

When every word spoken counts, a human CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Stenographer is recommended. A certified stenographer will be deployed to your event (or remotely online). The stenographer listens to the speech and transcribes word-for-word in real time. CART stenographers will work with the multimedia equipment you are using. Our CART stenographers will work with CymaSpace techs or with your own tech crew.

TypeWell is a condensed, easy-to-read, cost effective option to CART. TypeWell relies on transcribers using abbreviation software that allows them to capture the essence of what’s being said in real time. This process eliminates redundancy and erroneous words: You read what the speaker means, not the exact words that the speaker is saying. Because TypeWell providers are transcribers and not highly trained stenographers, they have the benefit of being less expensive than CART.

Captions generated with CART or TypeWell will be encoded for live-steamed or recorded video. (Broadcast Basic service is recommended to sync all services, but we will work with your tech crew to recruit providers and offer support.)

If you have questions, contact the Access Program to see which service is right for you. Custom Packages available upon request with discounts available for extended service. Contact for details.


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