Redefining Communication Access!

What is DEAF, Inc. All About?

What is DEAF, Inc. all about? Come and let us take you through what a daily life at DEAF, Inc. looks like. Our team is highly motivated to bring a greater collaboration to increase communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing. Check out the video and share with others.

DEAF, Inc. Awarded Grant to Provide Deaf Sensitivity Training

DEAF, Inc. is proud to announce we are one of the recipients of the 2020 Jefferson Memorial Foundation Grant. This grant will allow DEAF, Inc. to continue to provide Deaf Sensitivity Training to the First Responders in Jefferson County. However, for the 2020, this program has been expanded to include training for Jefferson County staff who are employed in the following departments: Administrator’s Office, Assessor’s Office, Circuit Court, County Executive’s Office, County Council, County Services & Code Enforcement, Juvenile Office, Municipal Court, Prosecuting Office and Recorder of Deeds. The goal of this training is to educate and inform Jefferson County staff who come in contact with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, on how to appropriately engage with them. This training will provide some insight and understanding of Deaf culture, along with the best methods in communicating with members of the Deaf and hard of hearing population. Staying true to our mission, this grant program allows DEAF, Inc. to continue to, “Empower, raise Awareness, and bridge a sustainable Foundation of communication and equal access to both deaf/hard of hearing and the hearing communities in the St. Louis Metro area.”



We believe that every individual have a fundamental right to be able to communicate with another.



Cultural responsivity is a complex concept involving the acceptance and acknowledgment of other people’s cultures and cultural values.



We strive to empower the deaf and hard of hearing to achieve stability and to realize their potential as an individual and as a community.



Protecting the basic rights to which all humans are considered entitled: the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equal treatment before the law, among others.

Community Project



In 2012, Rick Rush, an accomplished sport artist, was commissioned to paint a collage, representing the mission of DEAF Inc. To summarize his experience, he said that the deaf and hard of hearing community today is "Stronger Than Ever!" thanks to organizations like DEAF Inc. who are breaking communication barriers everyday. Watch more...

In the Spotlight




In this DEAF Inc.'s "In the Spotlight" episode, we interview Sean Forbes, a deaf musician on a mission. Music is in his blood, his cells; it's just the way he is. Sean Forbes is living proof that if you have enough passion, magic happens and dreams come true. He talks about his 2014 tour and gives a message to younger deaf and hard of hearing children.  Watch more...

Community Project



How to handle communication issues when facing deaf and hard of hearing citizens? DEAF Inc., with collaboration with St. Louis County Police Academy, created a training video for police officers and other responders. Watch more...

Give to                      while you shop!

There are simple and automatic way for you to support DEAF, Inc. every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at or at Schnucks, Amazon and Schnucks will donate a portion of the purchase price to DEAF, Inc. Be sure to select Deaf Empowerment Awarenes Foundation Inc. ( or DEAF Inc (Schnucks) as your choice of organization to support.

Deputies in Jefferson County, MO received training on how to interact with the deaf community.

DEAF, Inc. and Police Work Together to

Increase Communication Access


DEAF, Inc. was featured in several news outlet  for its continuous advocacy for communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing in the community. Special thanks to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department for making the effort to improve the relationship between the police and the deaf community. Also, special thanks to Jefferson Foundation, who provided funding for the training.


•  DEAF, Inc. conducts police training

      Video; DTV News, March 23, 2017


•  DEAF, Inc. provides training to Missouri police officers

      Video; The Daily Moth, March 21, 2017


•   Deaf advocates and police work together to prevent clash of different cultures

      Article; St. Louis Dispatch, March 20, 2017


•  Jefferson Co deputies being trained to communicate with the deaf

      Video; KMOV Channel 4, March 15, 2017


•  Jefferson Co. deputies learn about the deaf community

      Article; KMOV Channel 4, March 14, 2017


DEAF Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by deaf individuals from St. Louis, Missouri. DEAF Inc. provides high-quality sign language and ASL interpreting and translation services at the lowest prices in an effort to enable the deaf and hard of hearing to freely interact with the mainstream society. DEAF Inc. only provides sign language and ASL interpreters who have been certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI), the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA), and/or at least a level of Basic, Advanced, or Masters on the Missouri Interpreting Certification System (MICS). DEAF Inc. is the only non-profit organization whose 100% of all net proceeds go to programs designed to promote awareness of issues related to deaf and hard of hearing communities in the St. Louis, MO metro area.


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