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OFFICE OF SIGN LANGUAGE SERVICES (OSLS)

 

Mission: Create access for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing people to Denver government programs, services, and events by:

  • Providing sign language interpreting services, open captioning via Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and Assistive Listening Devices for sound amplification to Denver government agencies upon request;
  • Engaging members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in Denver City and County government affairs;
  • Educating and consulting with City and County of Denver employees regarding their responsibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide access to the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing public;
  • Providing information and referral. 

 

PROVIDING EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
 

Per Federal legislation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Deaf/ hard of hearing people are a protected class. Therefore, they are entitled to effective communication and equal access to all government programs, services, and events (ADA, Title II).  Effective communication access will often mean the provision of an auxiliary aid or service such as an interpreter, open captioning via Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART), or an assistive listening device (ALD) for sound amplification.

The Denver Office of Sign Language Services provides these auxiliary aids and services to Denver City and County government agencies at no cost, with a minimum of three (3) business days’ notice requested.  Last minute requests will be accepted but may result in the unavailability of an auxiliary aid or service.  

 

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CONTACT US
 

For questions about interpreters AID, CART, classes, referrals, or resources please contact:

Lorrie A. Kosinski, Director
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 1102 -  2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 913-8487
Mobile: (303) 880-3208
VP: (720) 458-8486
TTY: (720) 913-8484
lorrie.kosinski@denvergov.org

Swanhilda Lily, Deaf Programs Specialist
VP: (303) 327-9902
swanhilda.lily@denvergov.org

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
 

 

NEED HELP
 

Denver 311 Help Center Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479