Statement of Purpose:


• Providing Qualified Professional Sign Language Interpreters
• Assisting Businesses with ADA (Americans with disabilities Act) compliance
• Resource Referral



                                

        



Andrea Reeves
President/Owner
RID Certified CI - 1994 - CT - 1997

Andrea M. Reeves is one of the original business owners who started Sign Language Network Inc. in 1995.

Andrea was introduced to sign language as a child due to growing up with two deaf siblings. She interpreted for her brothers in church, cub scouts, boy scouts, and school programs.

After moving to Colorado Springs with her family in 1979, she accepted a job at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind where she was a dorm supervisor for eleven years. Her responsibilities involved taking care of up to 17 deaf children at a time within her dorm, planning activities, helping with homework, helping the children get ready for bedtime, and reading books to the children using sign language.

During free time from her dorm work, Andrea would often interpret out in the community. She was an interpreter out in the community for 10 years before starting her business with three fellow interpreting professionals. She became nationally certified in 1994 to ensure professionalism and skill level to meet her deaf consumers needs.



Lisa Swarmer
Scheduling / Coordinator

Lisa comes to sign Language Network with a Para Professional background, serving children with special needs in public education for over 5 years. She also has scheduling background where she worked for a local Veterinary Hospital and was responsible for taking care of families and their pets.

Lisa worked with one particular child for several years, becoming much like an older sister and spending time with her outside of the school-work day. This child happened to be the daughter of Andrea Reeves owner of Sign Language Network Inc.
Because of Lisa’s love and compassion for people, she was hired to work for our agency.

Lisa has been taking requests for our agency for several years, and has a great appreciation of effective communication for our community members.


Vanessa Emmons

Bookkeeping

Vanessa is a 4th generation born and raised South African. She started working in banking at the  age of 18 and worked at the same bank in South Africa until she started to travel at the age of 24.

She backpacked for over 2 years during which time she met and married her husband. She moved to the United States and has been living in Colorado Springs for the past 14 years. She has worked in two different banks in Colorado Springs. Her first and last position was with Wells Fargo as a personal Banker and Service Manager. 

For the past three years she has been a stay at home mother with daughters Blue (age 9) and Willow (age 5), and has been working with her husband on their home based internet business.












          

                                          
About Sign Language Network


Sign Language Network Inc. (SLN) is an RID certified interpreter owned interpreting referral company. Located in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, we service large portions of the State. SLN was established in November 1995, when four of us interpreters gathered around a kitchen table to discuss the possibilities. Because the Colorado State School for the Deaf and Blind has been located here since 1874, a large portion of the state’s deaf/hearing impaired population has settled along the Front Range in the Colorado Springs/Denver areas. It was evident to us that there was a growing need for qualified, professional sign language interpreting services. We organized our company to provide those services.

We provide interpreting, transliterating, oral, and deaf/blind interpreting in the areas of social services, computer & technical, medical, mental health, theatrical & performing arts, educational (all levels K-12 and post-secondary), judicial, government agencies, religious, private business, conventions, job interviews, training and more. The four original owners were responsible for all aspects of the business. We established a deaf news and ads newsletter full of local events related to the deaf community. We became local affiliates with the Rocky Mountain Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center, assisting businesses with ADA compliance, became members of the Better Business Bureau, and provided sign language classes on a customized basis, taught by deaf instructors. We have expanded our services to Denver, Pueblo, Widefield, Security, Fountain, Alamosa, Woodland Park, Vail, Aspen, Keystone, Peyton, Calhan, Sterling, Bennett, Strausburg, and other Colorado communities.

SLN is well known for it’s involvement with community events, such as local cowboy poetry programs, storytelling festivals, the annual Generation Journey shows in the Pikes Peak Center (proceeds go to charity), the annual Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration shows, and other nationally known performances.

SLN is proud to provide professional sign language interpreting services to such a wonderful community of deaf and hearing consumers. I often look back and remember what it was like growing up in a family of seven children, two of which were born deaf. I remember as a teenager watching a shadow interpreted play at Gallaudet University. My father reached over and whispered, “ You could do that some day”. Growing up with two deaf brothers, my initial job at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, and my parents' encouragement have made me the interpreter and business owner that I am today. Special thanks to Mary Love CI & CT, Joann Huss CI & CT, and Debra Fenlason IC/TC/ & CI, for their efforts in the establishment of Sign Language Network Inc.


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