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Low Incidence: Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Services, Resources, and Information


Missouri School for the Deaf

Established in 1851 by the Missouri Legislature, the Missouri School for the Deaf (MSD) provides a well-rounded education program for the Missouri's deaf children.

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

The MCDHH works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.


(Source: MCDHH.)

Cape Girardeau Area



SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence Inc.

1913 Rusmar Street

Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

(573) 651-6464

Columbia Area

Access Interpreters
P O Box 126
Rocheport, MO 65279
(573) 445-5890 (V/TTY)
(573) 445-5892 (F)

Columbia Interpreting Services
12600 West Hwy EE
Rocheport, MO 65279
(573) 442-9876 (V/TTY)
(573) 442-0060 (F)


Kansas City Area

Able Hands Interpreting Services
P.O. Box 659
Liberty, MO 64069
(816) 838-4263 (V/TTY)
(816) 817-1020 (F)

Deaf Expression
5725 Nieman, Suite E
Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 268-3323 (V)
(913) 268-5500 (F)

Interpreting Solutions
P.O. Box 245
Osawatomie, KS 66064
(913) 980-4120 (V)
(775) 245-5231 (F)

Nexus Interpreting

P.O. Box 3226

Olathe, KS 66063
(913) 220-2333 (V)

Sign Language Specialists (SLS)
P.O. Box 954
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
(816) 246-8770 (V)
(816) 246-8531 (F)

The Whole Person
114 W. Gregory Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 561-0304 (V)
(800) 878-3037 (Toll Free)
(816) 753-8163 (F)

Springfield Area


Associates in Sign Language (ASL)
P.O. Box 1883
Nixa, MO 65714
(417) 889-8377 (V)

St. Joseph Area

Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living (MERIL)
4420 S. 40th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64503
(816) 279-8558 (V)
(800) 242-9326 (Toll Free)
(816) 279-4943 (TTY)
(816) 279-1550 (F)

St. Louis Area

Ability Interpreting
P.O. Box 8236
Belleville, IL 62222
(618) 622-3320 (V)


Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc.

25 E. Frisco, Suite 100

Webster Groves, MO 63119

(314) 968-8868 (P)

(888) 898-3323/DEAF (Toll Free)

(314) 968-8872 (F)

Deaf Interlink
100 St. Francois, Suite 206
Florissant, MO 63031
(314) 837-7757 (V)

(800) 330-7062 (Toll Free)
(314) 837-7470 (TTY)
(314) 837-0777 (F)

Deaf Services
10537 Stephenson Drive
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 229-2922 (V)
(314) 849-1066 (F)

Deaf Way Interpreter Referral
5240 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4294 (V)
(866) 999-3929 (Toll Free)
(314) 289-4296 (TTY)
(314) 289-4250 (Videophone)
(314) 289-4295 (Fax)

International Language Center

1416 S. Big Bend Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63117

(314) 647-8888 (P)

(800) 445-4440 (Toll Free)

(314) 647-8889 (F)

Show Of Hands, LLC
PO Box 892
Florissant, MO 63032
(314) 393-4922 (V/Text)


Missouri Sign Language Classes



Location: California Learning Center
Contact: Wanda Carey
(573) 796-3921 (V)

Saint Charles

Location: Lindenwood University
Contact: Learning Experiences for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (LEADD)
(636) 949-2546 (V)


Cape Girardeau

Location: SADI—SEMO Alliance for
Disability Independence

Contact: Maria Bunster

(573) 651-6464 (V)

Saint Joseph

Location: Hillyard Technical Center (HTC)
Contact: Vicky Dobosz
(816) 671-4170 (V)



Location: Crowder College Watley Center
Contact: Watley Center
(417) 847-1706 (V)

Location: Midland Empire Resources for Independent Living (MERIL)
Contact: Chris Kaster
(816) 279-8558 (V)
(816) 279-4943 (TTY)


Location: Columbia College
Contact: Kathleen Alexander
(573) 442-9876 (V/TTY)

Location: Missouri Western State University
Contact: Continuing Education Department
(816) 271-4100 (V)

Location: University of Missouri—Columbia
Contact: Crystal Null
(573) 882-7881 (V)

Saint Louis

Location: Concordia Seminary—
Sign School
Contact: Kara Scherff
(314) 505-7120 (V)
(314) 505-7151 (TTY)



Location: First Baptist Church
Contact: Tessi Muskrat
(573) 220-8601 (V)

Location: Paraquad, Inc.—Deaf Way Interpreting & Community Services
Contact: Lottie Smith
(314) 289-4361 (V)
(314) 289-4294 (V)
(314) 289-4252 (TDD)


Location: William Woods University
Contact: Department of Interpreting and American Sign Language
(573) 592-1123 (V/TTY)

Location: St Louis Community College—Florissant Valley
Contact: Deaf Communication Studies
(314) 595-4200 (V)
(314) 595-4369 (TTY)
(314) 595-2224 (F)


Location: Hannibal—LaGrange College
Contact: Admissions Office
(573) 221-3675 (V)

Location: St Louis Community College—Meramec
Contact: Admissions Office
(314) 984-7500 (V)
(314) 984-7127 (TTY)


Location: Blue River Community College
Contact: Community and Continuing Education
(816) 220-6518 (V)

Location: TLC Interpreting Services
Contact: Torri Ryder
(636) 274-1476 (V)
Jefferson City
Location: Cornerstone Baptist Church
Contact: Clinda Miller
(573) 896-4187 (V)
Location: State Fair Community College
Contact: Greg Bell or Ethelene Jagels
(660) 530-5600 (V)

Location: Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC)
Contact: Stacy Sousley
(573) 556-0400 (V)

Location: Central Bible College
Contact: Office of Enrollment Management
(417) 833-2551 (V)


Location: Missouri Southern State University
Contact: Lifelong Learning Office
(417) 625-9775 (V)

Location: Lake Country Resource Centers
Contact: Lesia Hessee or Joe Krueger
(417) 862-1753 (V)
(417) 862-9918 (TTY)
Location: Ozark Christian College
Contact: Mary Alice Gardner
(417) 624-2518 Ext. 2402 (V)
Location: Missouri State University
Contact: Jane Robison
(417) 836-6660 (V)

Kansas City

Location: Rockhurst University
Contact: Admissions Office
(816) 501-4000 (V)

Location: Ozark Technical Community College
Contact: Continuing Education Registration Clerk
(417) 895-7180 (V)

Location: The Whole Person, Inc.
Contact: Vicki Walker
(816) 765-3508 (V)

Location: East Central College
Contact: Admissions Office
(314) 583-5193 (V)


Location: Truman State Universtiy
Contact: Admissions Office
(660) 785-4114 (V)

Location: Central Missouri State University
Contact: Carol Destefano


Park Hills

Location: Mineral Area College
Contact: Admissions Office
(573) 518-2228 (V)

West Plains
Location: Missouri State University— Center for Continued Professional Education
Contact: Jane Robison
(417) 836-6660 (V)

Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Information

Study: Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing In Missouri

John Heskett, Ed.D., Principal Investigator

November 2006


This study was commissioned by MO DESE's Division of Special Educationto elicit information regarding services for deaf or hard of hearing children throughout the state of Missouri. The study sought to answer these five major research questions:

  1. What are the most critical skills needed by students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HOH) to achieve successful educational and adult outcomes?
  2. What would be the best way to support students to learn these skills? Or, how can Missouri School of the Deaf (MSD) assist local agencies to ensure that all D/HOH students learn these skills?
  3. Which of the critical services and supports is not being adequately provided by local education agencies (LEAs) or MSD at the current time? Should MSD provide summer sessions or short term specialized training coursed that focus on skills for students enrolled in local school districts? Specialized training for teachers?
  4. What changes need to be made (e.g., training, policies, roles, funding streams, etc.) for MSD and LEAs to more effectively meet the needs of students who are D/HOH?
  5. What would be the most effective way to utilize current (and possibly future) Outreach Staff from MSD? Is there a need for new services from MSD?