Programs and Services
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting & Translation Services
Since 1991, DSC has provided high quality interpreting services in order to address the communication needs for the communities we serve. Whether you need 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. We interpret for any type of setting including but not limited to medical, dental, business, trainings, legal, mental health, educational, artistic and any other type of setting needed. Offered in COLUMBUS • NW OHIO • PORTSMOUTH
This Camp has been created and designed specifically for kids with hearing loss in mind; so all communication at camp will be geared towards each camper’s level of communication. OYO Camp provides a communication barrier-free, overnight camp experience that empowers each camper. ASL will be used throughout camp, as well as other forms of visual and oral communication. Each and every camper’s communication style is valued which results in the kids thriving in a safe, nurturing and fun atmosphere of friendship! Geared for Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids age 7-18, OYO Camp is a unique camp experience they will never forget.
Employment Services Program
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. In addition, DSC can provide education to employers on how to work with individuals who have disabilities. DSC depends on referrals from OOD for this program.
Summer Work Experience Program
iCanConnect provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training. iCanConnect is a national program that DSC runs locally to help people stay connected with friends, family, and the world. DSC is able to provide this program through a partnership with the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program and Perkins School for the Blind.
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is making available Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities beginning at age 14. These are introductory services and are intended to help students with disabilities get an early start in identifying career interests. Pre-Employment Transition Services are for students with disabilities who need these services and have been determined eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services or are potentially eligible but have not applied for VR services. OOD partners with DSC to provide services to these students.
Work Incentives Planning and Coordination
Through specialized training and certification, our CWIC specialists will provide Work Incentives Planning services on how participating in vocational rehabilitation services and returning to work can positively impact the participants earning potential. Also guide individuals on how employment will affect their benefits.
Advocacy, Case Management & Peer Support
Advocacy services are designed to assist Deaf and hard of hearing people in 36 counties throughout central, northwest, and southeast Ohio become full participating members of the community. Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees work toward empowering other Deaf and hard-of-hearing people to overcome communication barriers and access community resources. DSC employees act as a catalyst in the development of consumers’ problem-solving skills, independent living abilities and self-advocacy skills.
ADA Education & Deaf Awareness Presentations
The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is not a choice; it’s the law. DSC supports full inclusion for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing in all community activities and advocates on their behalf. Assistance is offered to individuals to help them understand their rights, as well as to companies and organizations to understand their obligations. DSC’s employees are available to present on a variety of topics, including ADA, American Sign Language, Deaf culture and interpreting.
Deaf Youth Leadership Program
Our Deaf Youth Leadership Program includes Career Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth as well as our Deaf Kids and Teens Club. In partnership with the Columbus Hearing Impaired Program, the Career Options program, located at Dominion Middle School, educates middle school students on career choices and encourages participants to consider college or trade school to assist them in becoming gainfully employed upon graduating high school. In addition, the Deaf Kids & Teens Club provides opportunities for youth ages 9-18 to interact with successful deaf adults and develop positive self-esteem and confidence, while having a great time. Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about themselves and develop interpersonal skills with the goal of helping them reach their fullest potential to become productive adults. Offered in COLUMBUS
Deaf Kids and Teens Club
The Deaf Kids and Teens Club provides opportunities for youth ages 9-18 to interact with successful deaf adults and develop positive self-esteem and confidence while having a great time. Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about themselves and develop interpersonal skills with the goal of helping them reach their fullest potential to become productive adults. Offered in COLUMBUS
Kids of Deaf Adults
Kids of Deaf Adults provides opportunities for youth ages 9-18 to interact with successful deaf adults and develop positive self-esteem and confidence while having a great time. Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about themselves and develop interpersonal skills with the goal of helping them reach their fullest potential to become productive adults. Offered in COLUMBUS
Early Intervention Services
Hearing Early Intervention Specialists provide support and assistance to families who have children from 0-3 years old diagnosed with hearing loss. After a child is diagnosed with hearing loss, parents are referred for a language development assessment and development of the Individualized Family Service Plan. Family training, counseling and home visits address a wide variety of topics relevant to acceptance of the child’s hearing loss, appropriate early childhood development and most importantly receptive and expressive language development. We serve families in Central Ohio: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Union counties.
Offered in Central Ohio
We have been providing ASL classes to the community since 2009. Our classes are affordable and open to anyone in the community who wants to learn. American Sign Language classes are provided to help hearing people converse with neighbors and family members and to give those who become deaf later in life another mode to communicate. Classes are offered in 10-week sessions on a quarterly basis starting in January, April, June and September. Corporate classes are also available. They can be held at your place of choice or online and can have an added focus of words commonly used in your industry. Please contact us for more information! Register for Spring 2021 Classes here
Language Development Support Specialist (Also known as Language Facilitators)
Many deaf children of hearing parents begin formal schooling with little fluency in either a spoken or signed language. These children can be considered semilingual, as they are fluent in neither English nor ASL at an age where hearing children exhibit adult-like competency in spoken English. For these deaf individuals, semilingualism is sometimes
a life-long struggle. Our Language Facilitators work with your staff and the student to combat the negative effects of semilingualism. Employing creative intervention methods, direct modeling, teaching the child inherent American Sign Language, cultivating independence, and/or spoken language support. The Language Facilitator works alongside the student’s support team to assure that the child is receiving the most inclusive and best educational tools to become academically successful.
Offered in NW Ohio
Interpreter Mentoring & Workshops
DSC offers mentoring to give support for those who are new to interpreting or are out of practice. A new interpreter (mentees) is placed on an assignment of their own and are accompanied by an experienced interpreter (mentor) for back-up support. This is not a paid program when you go on-site, but can be scheduled by request.
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