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Deaf Services Center

Deaf Services Center, Inc. (DSC) empowers those faced with language barriers by promoting access to communication. Our resources help those who have hearing loss or are non-English users to fully access the English language in communicating with others. Headquartered in central Ohio, with satellite offices serving the northwest and southeast areas of the state DSC is the largest provider of services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind in Ohio. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, DSC works hard to empower the communities we serve.

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Calling ASL Interpreters! DSC needs you! Our Community Needs You!

There is a growing need for more community ASL interpreters. It is the primary goal of DSC that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals have access to top-notch interpreting services. To do this, we need your help!

If you are an ASL interpreter and have a desire to work in the community, please contact the DSC interpreting department as soon as possible. Email Vickie Walker, Director of Interpreting Services at vickiew@dsc.org.

DSC offers interpreting work to interpreters in a wide variety of settings. Competitive pay commensurate with experience.

Come join our team and help serve our community.
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Calling ASL Interpreters! DSC needs you! Our Community Needs You!

There is a growing need for more community ASL interpreters. It is the primary goal of DSC that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals have access to top-notch interpreting services. To do this, we need your help!

If you are an ASL interpreter and have a desire to work in the community, please contact the DSC interpreting department as soon as possible. Email Vickie Walker, Director of Interpreting Services at vickiew@dsc.org.

DSC offers interpreting work to interpreters in a wide variety of settings. Competitive pay commensurate with experience.

Come join our team and help serve our community.

DSC's Employment Services Congratulate Tianna!

In March 2021 Tiana Carse landed her 1st job ever at Walmart in Westerville. She started out stocking candy and snacks at the checkout lanes. After working just a few months, Tianna quickly learned registers in the self-checkout lanes and now works as a cashier when needed. Tianna is ambitious and likes a challenge. Her manager Tiffanee said, “she is a hard worker and happy to have her on her team!”. Tracey Ison and Lisa Dodson, Employment Specialists, worked together to get Tianna ready for success and are thrilled that Tianna’s has 1st job is a great fit. Congratulations Tianna! From all of us in the Employment Services Department.
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DSCs Employment Services Congratulate Tianna!

In March 2021 Tiana Carse landed her 1st job ever at Walmart in Westerville. She started out stocking candy and snacks at the checkout lanes. After working just a few months, Tianna quickly learned registers in the self-checkout lanes and now works as a cashier when needed. Tianna is ambitious and likes a challenge. Her manager Tiffanee said, “she is a hard worker and happy to have her on her team!”. Tracey Ison and Lisa Dodson, Employment Specialists, worked together to get Tianna ready for success and are thrilled that Tianna’s has 1st job is a great fit. Congratulations Tianna! From all of us in the Employment Services Department.

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DSC's COVID Office Plans

As DSC navigates the Covid pandemic, our offices remain closed to the public. Many staff have started keeping limited office hours while continuing to work remotely. The past 18 months have brought many obstacles in serving the deaf and hard of hearing community in Ohio. However, DSC has worked diligently to overcome these obstacles and continue to deliver the best quality of services possible in these unprecedented times.

With the newly created Employee Engagement Committee we are also making every effort to support the staff of DSC. The committee is made up of 5 staff members that are not part of management and includes 2 members from the community resources department, 2 members from the interpreting department, and 1 member from our North Ohio office.

The committee was created to provide a more direct link between management and the staff at large. The first gathering has already occurred, and the team is off to a great start. The members will choose which of them will communicate with the management team on a monthly basis starting with the last management team meeting in September. This participant will relay the initiatives of the group that will revolve around any situation that is of importance to DSC staff. The management team is excited to see what changes this committee will bring to our agency. This committee has a great opportunity to improve work-life at DSC.

As we enter into the fall and winter flu seasons, we are asking that everyone be vaccinated. All positions that come into direct contact with the community must be vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is provided, per federal ADA requirements. If for any reason a staff member is unable to obtain the vaccination, the staff member is required to wear a mask while in DSC offices or working in the community. In general, DSC adheres to CDC recommended guidelines while balancing the requirements of our customers and clients. These guidelines are intended to provide the maximum amount of protection for everyone involved. DSC values the health of every individual and wants to continue that tradition of service to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
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DSCs COVID Office Plans 

As DSC navigates the Covid pandemic, our offices remain closed to the public. Many staff have started keeping limited office hours while continuing to work remotely. The past 18 months have brought many obstacles in serving the deaf and hard of hearing community in Ohio. However, DSC has worked diligently to overcome these obstacles and continue to deliver the best quality of services possible in these unprecedented times.

With the newly created Employee Engagement Committee we are also making every effort to support the staff of DSC. The committee is made up of 5 staff members that are not part of management and includes 2 members from the community resources department, 2 members from the interpreting department, and 1 member from our North Ohio office.

The committee was created to provide a more direct link between management and the staff at large. The first gathering has already occurred, and the team is off to a great start. The members will choose which of them will communicate with the management team on a monthly basis starting with the last management team meeting in September. This participant will relay the initiatives of the group that will revolve around any situation that is of importance to DSC staff. The management team is excited to see what changes this committee will bring to our agency. This committee has a great opportunity to improve work-life at DSC.

As we enter into the fall and winter flu seasons, we are asking that everyone be vaccinated. All positions that come into direct contact with the community must be vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is provided, per federal ADA requirements. If for any reason a staff member is unable to obtain the vaccination, the staff member is required to wear a mask while in DSC offices or working in the community. In general, DSC adheres to CDC recommended guidelines while balancing the requirements of our customers and clients. These guidelines are intended to provide the maximum amount of protection for everyone involved. DSC values the health of every individual and wants to continue that tradition of service to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
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A message from John Moore, CEO, Deaf Services Center:

DSC recognizes that the situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is happening everywhere in the world is a cause for concern for our community. DSC really cares about the consumers, staff, associates, and businesses we work with and is monitoring the situation closely. Our agency is following protocols set forth from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state governments.

Starting immediately, (Monday March 16th), no meetings, classes or events will be held at the DSC offices for the foreseeable future. We will be using video meetings whenever possible including meetings by videophone when set up in advance. Until our offices are open once again, please use the following means to contact us for services:

For all Columbus interpreting needs please email all interpreting requests to interpreting@dsc.org. If your interpreting need is urgent please call 614-678-1701. For interpreting needs after hours please call our Dispatch at 614-323-1754.

For Columbus Community Services related to iCC, early intervention or case management, please contact TJ Veppert at tjveppert@dsc.org  or 614-515-6074 VP

For Columbus Employment Services, please contact Hillary Allen at hallen@dsc.org

For general information regarding the Columbus office, please contact Cindi Nash, Executive Assistant to the CEO at cnash@dsc.org

For the DSC NW Ohio office please contact nwo@dsc.org or 419-720-3935 (phone number) or 419-386-2627 VP

For NW Ohio Interpreting Department please contact nwointerpreting@dsc.org or 419-720-3935

For the DSC Portsmouth office please contact dscp.interpreting@dsc.org or 740-357-7713

For questions concerning invoices, billing, or accounting please contact Melissa Potrikus at melissap@dsc.org

For information on Relay Ohio/711 and CapTel, please contact Marsha Moore at marsha@dsc.org

ASL classes are now available online through the Zoom platform. Summer sessions start the week of July 20 and go for 10 weeks. To register for an online ASL class click here.

DSC will continue to monitor the situation and tune in to the daily updates from the Governor. DSC will readdress the situation as needs arise and post any updates on this website.

Thank you!

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Interpreting & Translation

American Sign Language Interpreting, Spoken Language Interpreting, Speech-to-Text Captioning, Video Remote Interpreting, document translation or onsite interpreting, we provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more

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With CARF accreditation and through a partnership with OOD, DSC is able to offer support to persons with disabilities to decide on a career, knowledge of how to become employed and train on a new job. Read more

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