"One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. It forces you to pay attention to those details of life which differentiate them from you" Edward T. Hall
We Are Access 2 Sign Langauge, Inc.
Servicing Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Southern Colorado
A2SL was founded in January of 2008, out of a desire to serve our community. The current owner, Lori Dowds, has seen numerous changes to the field of sign language interpreting. Decades ago, interpreters were helpers for Deaf people, assisting them in many ways out of a feeling of benevolence. Today, we’ve come a long way in understanding that often “helping” meant disempowering the very people they served. By continual training, direct experience in the field, and constant vigilance, A2SL maintains a professional body of interpreters and qualified sign language service providers ready to facilitate the communication process between both our Deaf and hearing consumers. It is easy in our field to become complacent, allowing professional standards to slip. A2SL was born out of a deep need to raise those standards back to a level where we can best serve the community.
Meet The Team
Lori Dowds received her AAS in Interpreter Preparation from Pikes Peak Community College in 2000, her BA in Sociology in 2005 and her MA in Sociology in 2015 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dowds was the first recipient of the Diane Whipple Memorial Scholarship for leadership in the field of interpreting. Dowds has certifications for K-12 Educational Interpreting, RID Certificate of Interpreting and Certificate of Transliteration, and Colorado Legal Qualification. Dowds has specialized in both mental health and legal interpreting and has been actively interpreting for 20 years. In her off time, Lori enjoys community activities and spending time with her 8 grandbabies!
Business Administrator & Billing Specialist
Rebecca studied Business Management at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS where she received her Bachelors degree. During college she was president of the Business Club as well as a part of the honor society Sigma Beta Delta. Currently, Rebecca is pursuing a Masters in Organizational Leadership. She also does bookkeeping within the piano technician industry, as part of her other family business. A master of multitasking, Rebecca has four beautiful children. We are grateful to have such a driven, mindful professional on our team; Rebecca has been part of the A2SL team for nearly a decade!
Hannah received her BS in Personal Financial Planning with a minor in Business from Kansas State University. She has a passion for learning; specifically, where money meets different areas of our lives. In 2014, Hannah co-authored a chapter in a health and wellness book, “Whole FIT: Wellness for Life”, after completing research on the integration of physical and mental wellness. She was a member of her universities team that won the Financial Planning Association’s national financial planning competition in 2015. Hannah volunteers her time for A2SL during Colorado RID Conferences and CSDB Homecomings. She additionally volunteers for her church in children's ministry.