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.
Meet The Team
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 over 45 years’ experience interpreting. Bob 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 and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Specialist Certificate: Legal (SC:L) certifications. Bob has served as President and other officer positions on local boards of several 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 East High School. They have two adult sons.
Maria began her ASL career in 2000 after attending the Cincinnati State Interpreter Training Program. 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 many 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 resides in Hamilton with her husband, Jeff.
She is the co-owner and COO/CFO of Deaf Choice, Inc. which was established in 2009.
“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.
Marki is the Interpreter Coordinator and Office Administrator. Having worked in this role for over 8 years, she facilitates communication access between the Deaf, hard-of-hearing and Deaf/Blind communities with those who utilize spoken English. While coordinating requests for interpreting services, she maintains schedules and oversees the overall American Sign Language Interpreting team. Marki has a true heart for the deaf community. She is married to Nick, a CODA and ASL interpreter. They reside in Dayton, OH with their two daughters.