San Antonio Business Journal: Demand prompts expansion at company serving deaf community

Sep 15, 2015 | News & Press

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Susan Saporito
Managing Editor
San Antonio Business Journal

Sep 25, 2015

Deaf Interpreter Services Inc. is seeing a rise in demand for its services from the business community and plans to grow its staff as a result.

DIS, a woman-owned business — which specializes in sign language and oral interpretation, video remote interpreting, captioning and video production, expects to hire at least 15 more employees by the end of 2015. DIS currently has 65 employees in its San Antonio office.
Deaf Interpreter Services Inc. will add more employees at its San Antonio headquarters to meet the growing demand for its services.

“We have seen a strong expansion in our client base across the country in the last year,” said DIS President and CEO Marilyn Weber. “We are continuing to grow our team considerably in 2015 to keep up with demand.”

Clients in the legal, medical, education, government and social service sectors are creating that demand, said Weber, who noted that DIS brought on 25 new employees in 2014 to help serve 60 new customers from those industries.

In the past year, DIS has also opened three video production studios as a resource for businesses to further grow their impact and outreach to the deaf community.

DIS also expanded outside its San Antonio base in 2014, opening a South Texas regional office in Corpus Christi with seven employees to increase its reach across the country. This location also houses a dedicated video remote interpreting center with Internet speeds of over 100 Mbps, and assists with nationwide scheduling.

Weber said that even with its growth, it will remain committed to its initiatives in the deaf community through advocating, service coordination and pro bono interpreting in special situations for deaf clients. DIS also has offered law enforcement pro bono interpreting services for deaf and hard-of-hearing victims of human trafficking.

Since its founding in 1993, DIS has worked with thousands of clients enabling successful communication between persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing through the use of sign language, oral interpreting and captioning.

“We have had a really fantastic year, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come from our great team in the future,” said Weber. “Our new hires, studios and systems are all about bringing the best that we can to our clients. We want to provide the most cutting-edge and comprehensive offerings, while continuing our mission of being a supportive and strong part of the deaf community across the country.”

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