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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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The Daily Moth, a News Format delivered to you in ASL, has been one of the best sources of getting the news for the Deaf Community, especially with COVID-19. You can subscribe to get his daily news online on his website. Here is the link: buff.ly/2WXRaYm ... See MoreSee Less

The Daily Moth, a News Format delivered to you in ASL, has been one of the best sources of getting the news for the Deaf Community, especially with COVID-19.  You can subscribe to get his daily news online on his website.  Here is the link:  https://buff.ly/2WXRaYm

Memorial Day is a day we as the country come together to honor and remember our servicemen and women who answered America’s call to service. From all of us at DSC, we honor and thank all veterans and active military, and the United States of America for protecting our freedom and our country. Have a safe Memorial Day. ... See MoreSee Less

Memorial Day is a day we as the country come together to honor and remember our servicemen and women who answered America’s call to service. From all of us at DSC, we honor and thank all veterans and active military, and the United States of America for protecting our freedom and our country.  Have a safe Memorial Day.

It's HERE!!! Registration for Kids Connect program is open!!
Kids Connect is a summer program for Ohio’s Deaf and hard of hearing kids ages 7 – 18, which provides opportunities for kids to interact, socialize, make new friends, see old friends, and most of all, HAVE FUN! Each participant's preferred method of communication is respected and accommodated. This program is FREE with limited space available. See flyer for details and register today!

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Its HERE!!!  Registration for Kids Connect program is open!! 
Kids Connect is a summer program for Ohio’s Deaf and hard of hearing kids ages 7 – 18, which provides opportunities for kids to interact, socialize, make new friends, see old friends, and most of all, HAVE FUN!  Each participants preferred method of communication is respected and accommodated. This program is FREE with limited space available.  See flyer for details and register today!  

https://forms.gle/k1rgYViS94TZRzyB6

As of today, there are 30,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 1,836 deaths.

Bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and skills training for all sports activities will resume on May 26th.

Catering and banquet halls for wedding receptions and parties will be able to open as of June 1st. Group size is limited to 300. The guidelines will be similar to what rules are set for restaurants.

OYO Virtual Camp will be held on the week of July 27 thru July 31. Due to social distancing requirements, we will not be doing an in-person camp this year. The enrollment fee for OYO Virtual Camp will be $50. Each camper will receive an OYO Virtual Camp Box in the mail that will contain a schedule, supplies, and a couple of surprises for camp activities.

The camp will include fun activities and group meetings, all conducted online. If you have already paid the enrollment fee for in-person camp, you will have received a refund. If you have not, please contact us. We at OYO Camp look forward to continuing to provide a meaningful experience for your child and your family despite the circumstances. More information will become available in the coming weeks.
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Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) is sharing to announce a job opening, DeafBlind Specialist (Ohio), please see link below or transcript on bottom.

If you know someone who may be interested in Ohio Deaf-Blind Specialist position, please pass on.

www.helenkeller.org/hks/employment-internship-opportunities/deaf-blind-specialist-region-5-north-...
Deaf-Blind Specialist - Region 5 North Central (Ohio)

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a Deaf-Blind Specialist in Ohio. The Primary focus of the Deaf-Blind Specialist will be to provide one on one services to consumers to assist with achievement of employment outcomes, with a commitment to a fully inclusive community based environment. The Deaf-Blind Specialist will also offer training and technical assistance to their families and service providers. This position carries out identified and specific targeted activities, as outlined in Long Range Service Plan (LRSP) to assist the HKNC regional representative and interagency team with building capacity within the state. The Deaf-Blind Specialist will work in tandem and report directly to the HKNC Regional Representative. State and community partners will assist in identification of gaps in services in the state that will further delineate job responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: Other duties may be in conjunction with the HKNC Regional Representative:
• Assist with identifying service gaps and unmet needs of consumers with HKNC Regional Representative and community partners;
• Assist with providing one on one direct services in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, with an emphasis on employment outcomes to include job development, job placement, and coaching. Work collaboratively with local service providers to develop a team to execute Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Community Partners may include Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), community rehabilitation programs (CRPs), schools for the deaf and schools for the blind, CILs, and others.
• Collaborate with consumers and community partners to identify deaf-blind youth and adults for inclusion in the HKNC National Registry.
• Provide additional direct services as needed which may include instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) assistance and other casework as determined on a case-by-case basis.
• Assist with providing outreach opportunities to educate Vocational Rehabilitation personnel about the capabilities of deaf-blind individuals and share HKNC services/programs.
• Assist with identifying professional learning opportunities and assist with the initial assessments for trainings needed in the region. This may include support from IRPD, assisting with coordination and provision of training.
• Assist with being a one on one liaison and professional trainer to work with the Helen Keller National Center and Vocational Rehabilitation, and home team members to support a consumer transitioning back to home community after completion of training (includes residential and employment domains). In addition to, but not be limited to, supported employment, customized integrated employment, and other areas requested by training goals for successful outcomes.
• Assist with providing training and mentor to the community and state employment specialists to expand awareness, knowledge and advocacy efforts about work-site related accommodations; work with VR and businesses to create work experience opportunities, leading to employment.
• Assist with working collaboratively with HKNC Vocational Services to implement best practices in the state/or region, where appropriate.
• Assist with supporting the Deaf-Blind Projects working with transition age youth, their families and educational personnel, linking educational team with VR and other resources including HKNC and adult services in the community. Attend IEP meetings, if necessary.
• Work jointly with the Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience (DBIE) Coordinator for referral, implementation of follow up recommendations, and continued training for home team providers.
• Conduct outreach efforts with Veteran’s Administration and senior adult & aging programs; promote information about Confident Living Program opportunities for both senior(s) with combined hearing and vision loss and rehab professionals.
• Assist in identifying opportunities to offer advocacy in the deaf-blind world training to consumer groups and organizations.
• Assist with identifying potential leaders to provide resources and leadership learning opportunities, with consumer organizations in the state.
• Assist with supporting the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) delivery of services. Specific responsibilities to be determined by the regional representative.
• Responsible for other duties, as may be assigned or requested by his/her immediate supervisor, or Director of Field Services.
This position requires significant travel throughout the state, and possibly nearby states, and to the Sands Point, NY, HKNC headquarters as necessary.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required; MA degree preferred in vocational rehabilitation, Deaf Education, Special Education, multiple disabilities or related degree. Three to five years experience working with individuals who are deaf-blind.
Please Send Resume and Cover Letter to: hkncrecruitment@hknc.org


Ryan P. Odland, M.A. | Regional Representative
Serving North Central Region: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults
Office: 516-289-6316 | Fax: 516-580-4521
Direct: 612-999-2612 | Text: 516-566-7641
Web: www.helenkeller.org/hknc

Maria Gelao; Administrative Assistant, email: maria.gelao@hknc.org

While HKNC’s New York facilities are closed during this COVID-19 time, we continue to provide remote assessment and training services, peer learning groups, professional learning opportunities, information and referral. Please contact us – we continue to be available by email, phone/VP and other electronic means.
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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 

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

DSC Columbus now has the capability of offering our ASL classes online through the Zoom platform. Instructors are ready to hold virtual classes beginning the week of April 27. Those that have registered for spring classes in Columbus will be contacted and offered the option to take the classes online. The classes will follow the originally scheduled times of instruction. If you are unable to take the classes online, you may defer your registration to the summer session or receive a full refund. A DSC representative will contact registrants soon with this option if you have not been contacted already.

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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