Background video: A collection of video clips of the deaf community with an emphasis on American Sign Language visuals.
Deaf people are almost twice as likely to experience violence but have far less access to support services. Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services based out of Seattle, WA provides a National Deaf Hotline Center that is staffed by advocates who communicate in American Sign Language, but their hours only run from 9am-5pm PST, Monday through Friday due to limited funding. After hours, any calls to this hotline are rerouted to the National Domestic Violence Hotline using video relay interpreters, which can be an impersonal and uncomfortable experience for Deaf survivors. Help us change that by donating at www.whowillanswer.org.
CSD's Director of Emerging Markets, Brian Patrick Jensen, shares his life-changing experience when he became deaf from a vertigo attack. He learned firsthand the challenges that those with hearing loss have to navigate, especially in the workplace. Mr. Jensen will be able to work with your company to provide consultation on how to reach the diverse and often untapped market of deaf and hard of hearing employees.
The Deaf community is growing, but Deaf clubs memberships across the country are dwindling and clubs are closing. It shouldn’t be this way. The Austin Association of the Deaf is one of the few remaining deaf-owned clubs in the country, and preservation of this important and culturally rich part of our community is something we care about.
CSD and Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS) are now long-term partners to expand statewide access to quality interpreting services in Minnesota. CSD will be leading the development of the technology infrastructure for the interpreting booking experience and KIS will meet the needs of the interpreters, customers, and the Deaf community in Minnesota.
Vineya is the first online marketplace of certified ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing, both live and video. In looking for our inspiration for Vineya we turn to Martha's Vineyard, a place with a special history. Join us as Patrick Graybill shares our inspiring take on the link between Vineya and Martha's Vineyard. Learn more at www.GoVineya.com.
When Martha first came to America from Sierra Leone, she was both excited and overwhelmed. But thanks to CSD's human services programs, Martha was able to find a place to grow. One of those programs is CSD's Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes, which helps prepare students for U.S. citizenship. By fostering a direct communication environment, CSD was able to help empower Martha to both gain citizenship, and make a difference in others' lives like hers.
We see a world where communication is open and transparent. A world where every deaf person can interact freely with others. It's not simply a far-fetched dream, it's our vision for the future. It's why CSD exists, and why we come to work every single day. CSD has always belonged to the community, and this vision belongs to you.
Over 90% of deaf parents have hearing children, and it's an all-too-familiar scenario when these parents are forced to use their children to interpret for them. Meet Mandi and her parents. Like you, they try to do the right thing but ultimately deserve better.
All deaf people who use ASL Interpreting services deserve the best in sign language interpreting. We are always working to make sure the quality of our service is at its best. Team Interpreting is one way we make sure we're delivering a top experience for our clients, but it is also a means for our interpreters to provide support to one another.
CSD Interpreting is one of the largest sign language interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing in the United States, and our service is made possible by our amazing interpreters. Just like you, our interpreters believe that Quality Matters every single time we interpret.
Together, our historic march as a community towards achieving equal access and fair opportunity is a rich story of determination, resiliency, and devotion. Still, we know our important work must continue. We understand that, together, we have the ability to go higher and farther than ever before. And we believe...more is possible.
In 2010, Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) received a $14.9M grant to expand broadband adoption among people who are deaf and hard of hearing and provide them with online tools to more fully participate in the digital economy. This is what we accomplished.
Here at CSD, we have been experimenting with using Google Glass to deliver a new communications platform for video interpreting. Watch this video to see how we have been using Google Glass to provide interpreting services, and what some of the lessons we learned and are working to overcome so we can bring Video Interpreting through Google Glass to you!
Project Endeavor was made possible through the $15M Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, which has changed countless lives. This is the story of Isaac and his family, a story on the power of technology and how these tools can change lives. Isaac's story is one of many made possible through Project Endeavor.