Deaf Services of Palo Alto (DSPA) is an American Sign Language interpreter matching service based in Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. We serve clients in a wide variety of settings, including high-tech companies and post-secondary educational institutions such as graduate and professional programs.
We are committed to building partnerships with our consumers as we facilitate communication across Deaf and hearing cultures. We work closely with our Deaf consumers to ascertain their needs and build a team of interpreters who are a good fit.
An interpreting agency with more than two decades of experience in Silicon Valley, Deaf Services of Palo Alto specializes in locating professionally qualified interpreters who service high-tech professionals in corporate environments. We dedicate ourselves to nurturing the relationship that unfolds between the company, the employee, and the interpreters.
Our goal is to enable everyone involved to communicate effectively. We handle the interpreting arrangements so our customers can focus on the job at hand.
We take pride in the meticulous care we practice when matching the best interpreter to each situation. We want everyone involved to feel confident that they have access to barrier-free communication, thus enabling professional goals to be achieved more readily. We believe this confidence and ease comes from working together, sometimes starting while the Deaf client is a student and spanning a lifelong career.
Janet Lewis established DSPA in 1990 to meet the growing demand for sign language interpreters in Silicon Valley. Her professional credentials include two associate degrees in interpreting (one from Ohlone College and the other from Gallaudet University) and NIC Advanced certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Janet’s deep appreciation for Deaf Culture and American Sign Language informed her policies and practices as DSPA took shape. Recognizing the rich symbiotic relationships among Deaf and hearing consumers and their interpreters, she set out to serve the interests of all three. DSPA, now headed up by Gerry Mack, continues to thrive by honoring that perspective.