Access Service Providers for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Interpreter agencies and communication access services

Hiring an interpreter can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with the process.

There are a couple of choices for hiring an interpreter- in person/on-site interpreter, CART, and VRI. Please in mind to make sure the interpreter is license and qualified in this state of Missouri according to the laws.

When you are ready to book, starting with the county where the location will be at. There are five geographical regions of Missouri- Northwest, Northeast, Central, Southwest and Southeast. Once you identify which regional, then proceed to the regional directory which interpreter agencies provide in that area.

The agency or individual will need to know the date, time, location, type of event, and contact information for individuals at the location. The agency may be willing to work beyond their usual areas. Just ask the agency to find out how far they can send an interpreter.

Click below to find more! 

Northwest Region:

Andrew, Atchison, Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Worth

Northeast Region

Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Pike, Putnam Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Louis Co, St Louis City, Sullivan, Warren

Central Region

Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Gasconade, Hickory, Howard Maries, Miller, Montreau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Randolph, Saline

Southwest Region

Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Jasper, Laciede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, Wright

Southeast Region

Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Franklin, Iron, Jeferson, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynold, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, Stoddard, Washington, Wayne

In Person:

A trained professional who facilitates communication between deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. They accompany individuals to various appointments, meetings, or vents to ensure effective communication by interpreting spoken language into ASL and vice versa, allowing for meaningful interactions. 

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART):

Almost a similar concept with captions on TV or movie theaters but with the CART service, the transcribing and translating will happen in realtime while the words are spoken or played. The text will appear on a big screen for anyone to see, anyone can use a laptop, mobile device, or internet browser to steam the CART.

CART can be use in any kind of events- courtroom, classroom, workshop or church. The CART service also so provide hearing assistive technology- FM, induction loops, and infrared systems combined with CART.

Learn more about CART, check this website out!

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI):

VRI is another option when in-person or on-site interpreter is not immediately available- the VRI use videoconferencing technology, equipment and high speed internet connection provide by qualified interpreters, usually from call center.

Even there are many benefits with using the VRI services, the NAD strongly recommends that the VRI service should be used when the on-site interpreter services are not available.

To learn more about VRI, check this website out!

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