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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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Hello Everyone!

The weather is getting warmer and warmer, the days are getting longer and longer, and trees and flowers are starting to blossom. This can only mean one thing! Summer is well on its way and with it, yet another session of OYO Camp!

After missing last summer due to COVID, we are back this summer but with some changes to ensure that we can still provide for a top-notch, high-quality, and a safe, and healthy program. We will be adhering to the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and the American Camp Association guidelines.

Camp Registration opens on April 15th and the camp registration fee will be $275

When camp applications are sent in, this does not guarantee a spot.

Transportation to and from camp this year will be the responsibility of the parents or legal guardian. We cannot safely provide transportation from the individual CCDs or designated pick-up locations due to COVID protocols

Jr. Oyo is limited to 10 campers for a full week of camp

We will limit our camp to 50 campers in total and each age group will remain together as a cohort for the full week with minimal interaction with other groups. Each age group ( 10-12, 13-14, 15-16) will be limited to 12 campers each.

The 17-18-year-old group will be limited to 4 campers and will operate as a counselor in training and leadership program to prepare them for a future at OYO and the real world! They will embark on a two-day backpacking trip with staff into the Mohican State Forest.

There will still be many of the same activities that we've all come to know and love in addition to some new ones!!

Cabins are limited to 8 people( including staff) so there will be an option for campers to bring their tents and camping equipment and camp outdoors all week in a designated area with staff supervision. ( the Camp Director will be camping out in this area!)

There will be a rapid COVID test administered on Registration Day before you will be allowed on the property

There will be an increased focus on cleanliness and health care with nurses to reduce the risk of spread. Masks will be worn when social distancing cannot be adhered to. Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the camp.

Most importantly, we believe that every child deserves the right to be a camper and If there isn’t a spot this summer, we fully anticipate that 2022 will allow us to reopen at full strength and without any limitations.

As always, feel free to reach out to us with questions at OYOcoordinator@dsc.org or OYOCamp@dsc.org
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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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