Vocalink Partners with Two Leading Nonprofits That Service the Deaf Community
Vocalink, Inc., a language services company has partnered with 2 leading nonprofits serving the Deaf Community to provide American Sign Language (ASL) services to medical patients throughout the Southwest region of the State.
This relationship is made possible by two key partners: Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati and Community Services for the Deaf (CSD) of Family Services of Dayton.
Vocalink is committed to improving the quality of interpretation services throughout the region in both spoken and ASL languages. By partnering with the Deaf Community through these non-profits, each organization will work together to maximize the utilization of RID Certified Interpreters.
Julie Collinsworth, Vice President of Operations, states, “Vocalink is committed to the Deaf Community and is pleased that quality services will be easily and readily available in all neighborhoods of South West Ohio with these new partnerships. We look forward to working together to improve the overall patient experience.”
As a corporate partner to both nonprofits, Vocalink will be allowing the CSDs to utilize technology tools that were not previously available to them. This will help ensure interpreter compliance and provide a solution to the new Joint Commission Standards that went into effect July 1, 2012.
Laurie Burman, President & CEO of the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) concurs. “Both Community Services for the Deaf Departments (of Cincinnati and Dayton) will be providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting services for Vocalink effective 8/1/12. This new partnership will create absolutely first class care for individuals who are Deaf accessing medical services. Our collective goal is to increase communication access and we look forward to working together.”
Vocalink was founded in 1995 by Amelia Rodriquez as an interpretation company that later expanded in 1998 to include translation services. Based in Dayton, Ohio with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Vocalink specializes in creating a full multilingual managed solution for their clients. With their advanced technology, Vocalink services client accounts globally. Vocalink is a certified WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise) as well as a certified MBE (Minority Owned Business Enterprise).
Community Services for the Deaf of Dayton (CSD)
Community Services for the Deaf (CSD) of Dayton was established as a program within the center in 1976 and is the only full-service, comprehensive program serving people who are Deaf and hard of hearing in the tri-state area. Their services include but are not limited to Sign Language Interpreting, C-Print Services (computer-aided, speech-to-print captioning service for individuals who are not as comfortable using ASL interpreting), Counseling & Case Management, Prevention Services and Camping Activities for Deaf and KODA Kids, Advocacy and & Education Specialists, and Sign Language Classes.
Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati
The Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati is a nonprofit organization originally founded in 1925 as the Cincinnati League for the Hard of Hearing by Mrs. Anna Pattison, wife of the Ohio Governor. Dr. Jean Rothenberg collaborated with the League and opened the Cincinnati Speech and Hearing Center in 1950 and eventually, in 1999, the name was changed to the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati to more accurately reflect those served. The Center provides Audiology, Deaf Services and Speech-Language Pathology to over 6000 individuals annually. All programs include community outreach, advocacy, education, and student training/mentoring.