Deaf and Hard of Hearing Supports

Sharon Miranda, Coordinator of Deaf Student Supports, and Michael Merritt, Deaf Navigator stand in front of a garden.

Hope Community Resources' Deaf Supports Team offers support and services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in a manner that is free of cultural or language barriers. Our staff members in Deaf Supports are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and well-versed in Deaf culture. We have extensive experience working with deaf adults and children of many cultures and communities, from Anchorage to very remote parts of Alaska. (Pictured above are Sharon Miranda and Michael Merritt.)

Contact Information
Hope Community Resources, Inc.
Physical Address: 3500 E. 20th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99508
Mailing Address: 540 W. International Airport Rd., Anchorage, AK 99518
Videophone: 907-268-4416
Fax: 907-272-8807
Email: [email protected]

We offer two programs:

  1. Deaf Navigator program
  2. Rural Deaf Student Support program

If you are looking for information about working with a sign language interpreter, click here! For information on the terminology used regarding Deaf Supports and services, click here! Currently recruiting for Host Families for our Rural Deaf Student Support Program, click here!

Upcoming Events
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ASL Hike and Chat

Wednesday, July 17

11:00am - 1:00pm

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ASL Summer Adventures

Sunday, July 28

1:00 - 3:00pm

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ASL at the Park & ASL at the Fair

Tuesday, July 30 & Wednesday, July 31

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Virtual Visual Language Study

At your convenience

One session approx. 120 minutes


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Virtual Coffee Chats

Every Friday

8:00 - 9:30am AKT

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ASL Summer Adventure 2024 – Summer fun for the whole family!

This summer there will be family friendly activities and events to help support area deaf and hard of hearing children with their language development and exposure to American Sign Language and Deaf culture. We need VOLUNTEERS to host an activity or event. You can sign up here:

Deaf Navigator/Rural Deaf Student Support: 2024 ASL Summer Adventure (

Stay tuned for dates and activities! You can follow us on Facebook or sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page.



Lunch and Learn 2024: Insight into Deaf Culture by Sharon Miranda, Coordinator of Deaf Supports; and Michael Merritt, Deaf Navigator, Hope Community Resources

Sponsored by Representatives Allard and Wright



Watch previous years' Deaf Awareness Week videos:

We invite you to check out these Alaska Children's Books in ASL:

Interpreting Services and Additional Resources:

Choice Access Interpreting
Contact: Jamie Hartung
Phone: 907-531-7445 (voice/text)

Email: [email protected]

Alaska Interpreting Alliance
Contact: Kathleen Bodolay
PO Box 2088
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Cell (voice & text): 907-982-2751
Fax: 907-745-7446
Email: [email protected]

RNR Interpreting
Contact: Shawn Schramski
PO Box 222504
Anchorage, AK 99522
Voice: 907-317-2235
Videophone: 907-531-9733
Text: 907-830-9855

Email: [email protected]

ASL: Don't Fall for Employee Retention Credit Scams
YouTube Video

Resource: IRS Videos ASL
Dated: June 21, 2023

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - ASL Services
Network of Crisis Centers and Resources for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing