We specialize in communication with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by offering two primary services: American Sign Language interpreters and spoken word-to-text captioning (C-Print® and CART). Providing services to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities is our specialty, therefore we do not provide interpreters for foreign languages like Spanish or French. Our rates are competitive and almost all our interpreters are nationally certified even though this is not required in most states. All of our interpreters have been screened to ensure they are highly experienced and qualified. We are confident that once you have used our services, you will choose to continue using our services over any other.
Deaf Choice, Inc. believes in consumer choice and respects the Deaf and/or hard-of-hearing consumers’ right to select the agency or individual they prefer. Physicians’ offices, hospitals, schools, organizations, businesses, colleges, etc. should not be limited by a contract, which would only benefit the interpreting agency.
When a specific “mode of communication” such as, tactile interpreting for Deaf/Blind consumers, an oral interpreter, or transliterating or Signed English is requested, we will provide a highly qualified interpreter to meet that need. When a specific interpreter or captionist is requested, we will do our best to provide that person. If that person is not available we will provide a highly qualified, professional interpreter or captionist. Meet the founders and managing partners of Deaf Choice, Inc.
Bob’s parents were Deaf therefore he grew up understanding the cultures of both the Deaf and hearing communities. Bob is a professional interpreter with about 40 years of interpreting experience in a variety of settings in education and the community. Bob recently completed two terms of appointment by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the committee responsible for establishing benchmark certification and qualification guidelines in all court systems throughout Ohio. He holds the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Level V – Master as well as the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Specialist Certificate: Legal (SC:L) certifications. Bob has served as a volunteer and officer for many charitable organizations including the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. Bob graduated from the University of Texas. He resides in West Chester, Ohio, with his wife, Sharon, who teaches ASL at Lakota High School. They have 2 adult sons.
Maria began her ASL career about 15 years ago after attending the Interpreter Training Program at Cincinnati State. In 2003, she became a nationally certified interpreter. Maria has extensive experience interpreting in a variety of venues including medical, Deaf/blind, educational, work-related, religious, substance abuse, and many other arenas. In 2002, Maria launched a new service in the Cincinnati area called C-Print® (spoken word-to-text captioning), which is known throughout the United States as a highly effective note-taking and transcription option for colleges, schools and businesses. Along with providing captioning herself, Maria recruited, trained, and mentored most of the captionists in our area. She has consulted with other cities and states to help them set up C-Print services in their locales. Maria has volunteered for a variety of charitable events and her church. Maria resides in Hamilton with her husband, Jeff, and their cat, Snickers. “She and her team are highly respected. She is well known for her ability as an interpreter and captionist who works with integrity and an unwavering desire to serve the Deaf and hard-of-hearing population,” – Abbey Weaver, HQT, Teacher of the Deaf, and Certified Intervention Specialist K-12, Hopewell Center Ohio Region 14.
There is no substitute for quality. To schedule interpreting, C-Print, or CART services, schedule a C-Print demonstration, or if you have any questions, please call 513-608-1695.