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Don’t miss your chance to win $100 Amazon gift card from CSD Learns
A recent study showed that 40% of millennials turn to their parents and family as a source of information. But what about the 95% of Deaf people born into hearing families? Without a parent fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), that valuable financial knowledge isn’t passed down, leaving Deaf individuals without access to the tools needed to successfully grow and manage their money.
That changes today. Thanks to support from Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking program, CSD Learns now offers free online courses focused on financial education, available in ASL with English voiceover and Spanish and English captions. Created with the Deaf learner and their classrooms and families in mind, these deaf friendly resources will inspire you to gain new skills and advance your financial knowledge.
Enroll now for your chance to win.
Enter the CSD Learns Financial Education Sweepstakes by June 29th, 2018 for your chance to win. All you need to do is enroll in our new course, “Interested in Investing“. If you haven’t made an account yet, it’s free and easy! You can even use your Gmail address if you have one.I’M READY TO ENROLL
Curious about CSD Learns? Visit www.csdlearns.com to discover classes on topics you want to learn!
By Ryan Commerson
At the beginning of July, CSD posted a survey and received over 2,000 responses to date. The results showed people between the ages of 18 and 34 were not very familiar with CSD or the organization’s work. CSD recognizes the need to change that. For starters, we have rolled out bold new initiatives like CSD Works, CSD Learns and Direct Services.
“One of our strategic goals is to measurably advance our outreach and impact on the global public and the many communities we serve,” said Brandi Rarus, CSD vice president of public relations and community engagement. “We will use this quick and easy survey to establish a benchmark. Later, we will repeat the questionnaire and measure our community engagement. This will help us understand how we are perceived and to hold ourselves accountable.”
Our survey has ended, keep an eye out for future surveys to come!
An open letter to the Austin Deaf Community:
It has been nearly twenty years since CSD first began to operate services in Austin, Texas. We are proud of our legacy of providing premier community- based interpreting services and consumer-facing programs in Austin over
the last two decades. One of the first video relay service (VRS) trials was conducted here in Austin at the turn of the millennium. CSD was the first company to launch nationwide video relay services in 2001, in part, because of the successes of the Austin-based trial program. Subsequently, CSD operated a video relay service call center here in Austin for many years until that part of CSD was spun-off and became a stand-alone company (now known as ZVRS) in 2007. ZVRS continues to operate both a VRS call center and a customer service call center in Austin today.
More recently, CSD’s business presence in Austin underwent a significant transformation. In 2012, Austin was designated as a basecamp for CSD to begin working on new, important innovation and a platform for CSD to define a compelling new vision for our company’s future. Today, we have a large team of engineers based in Austin that are hard at work in developing technologies for the deaf and hard of hearing community. We also have a growing team of creative media professionals (designers, writers, filmmakers) based in this location. Lastly, we have a significant leadership presence here in Austin supporting the development of national and global programs (CSD Works, CSD Learns, #WhoWillAnswer) as well as key administrative functions of CSD (Finance, Legal, Talent & Culture, etc.) In total, CSD has more than 60 full time employees that are based in Austin today with many more partnering with CSD on a regular contract basis.
Over the past year, we have begun an important initiative that we refer to as “virtualization” internally within CSD. We have employees across the country (and around the world) that are essential to achieving our company’s mission and they are all passionate contributors to our global deaf community. All of our employees are equally important to the achievement of our goals. Virtualizationis a way of operating that allows employees of #Team CSD to do their jobs effectively from any location—whether they are traveling, working in one ofour office locations, or connecting from home. We believe that this new way of thinking about work and work spaces is aligned with the future and the direction that our world is moving.
As CSD broadens its virtualization efforts, we will be looking at opportunities to optimize our office space in all of our locations worldwide. We will be adding new offices in some locations while we reduce our footprint in others. This is a positive change for CSD and is reflective of the growth and diversity of our company. As a not for profit organization, we remain committed to pushing out our resources into the community—in the form of tangible action and new products, programs, and services that make our world a better place for everyone. Careful and responsible management of our resources is an absolute reflection of our integrity and our commitment to you.
In the coming months, CSD will be making some changes to our office space(s) in Austin—but these changes are reflective of our virtualization initiative, our expanding global presence, and our zealous commitment to “more is possible.” We are proud to be in Austin and to be a part of the Austin community. We look forward to a continued presence here in the years to come. Thank you all for your enthusiastic support of CSD and for all that we aspire to do and be as an organization.
CSD Works is about creating jobs for the deaf and hard of hearing. We recognize the need for employment opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities and increasing income for a skilled workforce. By raising awareness about the skills and abilities of our community, we can overcome stereotypes, break down barriers to work, and reduce community dependence on government benefits.
CSD Learns is about empowering the community through access to education, job training, and other learning resources in ASL. Courses will be offered online so job seekers across the country can develop skills and get jobs with CSD Works employment partners. Learners can also benefit from soft skills training courses covering topics like Social Security benefits management, financial wellness, and communication skills.
CSD Works and CSD Learns will provide support services such as ongoing training, interpreting services, mentoring and more to help individuals not just keep their job, but advance in it.
In the coming months and years, CSD will continue to add employment opportunities to CSD Works and expand our CSD Learns course offerings. We will partner with community-based organizations to increase support for job seekers and create even more employment opportunities within our community. Together we will build a New Workforce.