Deaf Awareness and Family Health

Rural Preparation for Total Solar Eclipse

The Oregon State Grange received a packet of information from J. Peter Vajk in California about how to prepare for an influx of short-term visitors in a location without sanitary services. The information is directed to Eastern Oregon, but may apply to any part of the state.

Deaf Awareness Resources

Dogs for the Deaf

Your contributions to the Dogs for the Deaf (which is funded solely by contributions) enable hardly hearing and deaf people to live more independently in their homes and communities. For over 30 years Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) has enriched the lives of people who live with daily hearing challenges. Unwanted dogs are rescued from shelters and receive extensive training. When the time is right, they are placed in homes, where the human-animal relationship provides security, safety and companionship to the deaf person. DFD is accredited by Assistance Dogs International.

You can also assist DFD by presenting the “Dogs for the Deaf Story” video to your community. The video is available in DVD or VHS format. Each has two versions: 16- and 26-minutes in length.

To borrow the video, send DFD a note or email with the date you would like to show it and the format you require. DFD will loan you a copy for a two-week period. You are responsible for the return postage.

Mail         10175 Wheeler Rd, Central Point, OR  97502
Phone      541-826-9220 Voice or TDD
Website and the Grange page

Sign-A-Song Contests

Although the Oregon State Grange and National Grange Youth Departments sponsor the Sign-A-Song contest, it is open to Grange members of any age. The National Grange also sponsors a Sign-A_Song contest for Juniors ages 5 through 14.

William Ireland Deaf Awareness Achievement Awards

Although achievement awards are sponsored by the Youth Department, members of any age are eligible to earn them. A Sapphire award can be earned for learning the manual alphabet, an Emerald award for designing a deaf awareness program or display, and a Silver award for signing a song. There are five William Ireland Deaf Awareness Achievement Awards in all.

Deaf Awareness Grants

The National Grange Foundation awards Deaf Awareness Grants of up to $500 to three State Granges each year. The Foundation is looking for projects that have an impact on deaf education and involve members working with deaf community. The State Grange applies for a Subordinate/Community or Pomona Grange.  The application deadline is in early May.

Deaf Awareness and Family Health Committee

Director Peggy Jillson
987 Tivoli
Eugene, OR 97404
District 1 Lynn Johnson
PO Box 359
Florence, OR 97439-0012
District 2 Genie Harden
85240 Chezem Road
Eugene, OR 97405
District 3 Doris Thurston
10251 SW River Bend Rd
McMinnville, OR 97128
District 4 Sen Speroff
15001 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97231
District 5 Open
District 6 Open

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