Diversity & Inclusion Focused on ABILITY verses DISABILITY

Who We Are

MT & Associates provides excellence in Deaf services by customizing Sign Language and Captioning Services to individual needs. Located in St. Louis, MO we service customers locally but also nationally either onsite or through video remote platforms. We go above and beyond basic equal access for both Deaf/Hearing consumers to ensure satisfaction of all parties and improve diversity!

Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Customized Services with a Personal Touch

Dependability and Reliability

Satisfaction of all parties (Deaf/Hearing)

Who We Are

MT & Associates provides excellence in Deaf services by customizing Sign Language and Captioning Services to individual needs. Located in St. Louis, MO we service customers locally but also nationally either onsite or through video remote platforms. We go above and beyond basic equal access for both Deaf/Hearing consumers to ensure satisfaction of all parties and improve diversity!

Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Customized Services with a Personal Touch

Dependability and Reliability

Satisfaction of all parties (Deaf/Hearing)

Award-Winning

MT&A is an award-winning firm dedicated to consistent improvement of services to the Deaf and Hearing community. Work with us to find out why we were voted BEST in so many areas. 

We're Hiring! Join Our Team

Do you want to impact our field for the better, for the future? Do you want to be part of an untraditional sign language firm?

MT&A seeks friendly, professional, skilled service providers interested in joining an associates/peer based team.  Click on the button below for current employment opportunities. Or, if you’d prefer we follow up with you, click here!

Adapting to COVID

MT&A partners with customers and interpreters during COVID to ensure the safety of all the humans involved, all while maintaining service excellence. We do this by continuously adapting our services to meet current needs, to mask distribution.

Supporting Local Small Businesses

Whenever possible, MT&A seeks partners or suppliers of Deaf or Hearing small businesses. Our office is located within a small business who also supports other small businesses. Check them out at Thrive CO

Contact us if you’re interested in doing business with us!

Sign Language Interpreting & Captioning Services (Available Onsite & Video Remote) in the St. Louis Metro Area and Nationally!

Mid/West County

Clayton, Brentwood, Ladue, University City, Central West End, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Manchester, Webster, St. Charles County, Wentzville, Wildwood

St. Charles County

St. Charles, St. Peters, Cottleville, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, Lakes St. Louis, Wentzville, Troy, New Melle

North/South County

Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Bridgeton, Spanish Lake, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Ferguson, Fenton, Lemay, Mehville, Oakville, Affton, Sunset Hills

Illinois & Surrounding

Alton, Belleville, Collinsville, Springfield, O’Fallon, Granite City

Sign Language Interpreting & Captioning Services (Available Onsite & Video Remote) in the St. Louis Metro Area and Nationally!

Mid/West County

Clayton, Brentwood, Ladue, University City, Central West End, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Manchester, Webster, St. Charles County, Wentzville, Wildwood

St. Charles County

St. Charles, St. Peters, Cottleville, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, Lakes St. Louis, Wentzville, Troy, New Melle

North/South County

Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Bridgeton, Spanish Lake, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Ferguson, Fenton, Lemay, Mehville, Oakville, Affton, Sunset Hills

Illinois & Surrounding

Alton, Belleville, Collinsville, Springfield, O’Fallon, Granite City

Schedule a Sign Language Interpreter or Captioner

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Monday - Friday

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Central Standard Time (CST)

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After Hours

24/7 Emergency Services

(For prompt scheduling, please CALL for services required within 48 business hours)

Interpreters St. Louis

Although we do our best to fill ALL sign language interpreting requests we recommend that all reservations be made with at least 48+ hours notice to ensure availability of sign language interpreters.

 

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About Us

 

We Believe Everyone has an Equal Right to Quality Communication

Hearing Consumers

MT&A UNDERSTANDS

People who can hear often fear they will not be able to communicate with someone who is Deaf, mistakenly labeled hearing impaired. Spoken English is not the same as American Sign Language (ASL), and through partnership we will work with you to ensure appropriate diversity and inclusion.

Deaf - Sign Language Consumers

MT&A UNDERSTANDS

Deaf consumers are afraid they will not receive interpreting services and/or will not be understood. If a sign language interpreter does arrive- will the services be accurate, will the sign language interpreter be a good representation of their communication style, will they be friendly without overstepping ethical boundaries?

MT & Associates | Deaf Services (MT&A)

WE UNDERSTAND

Different from our competitors, we partner with all consumers to ensure appropriate/accurate services; as well as compliance and desire for excellence in diversity and inclusion. 

St. Louis Interpreter Team

Shelly Tisius

FOUNDER/CEO/STAFF INTERPRETER

First, I am a proud military wife and mom.  When not acting as a wine connoisseur and when the weather is nice, I prefer to be on my screened in porch, take long hikes, or play at the park with my toddler.

Secondly, I am a lover of human services.  I’ve worked in the service industry since 1995, and I cannot imagine any other career in which to spend my time.  I am a lifelong learner primarily studying internal and external customer service continuously adapting and striving for excellence in  service. The Deaf community is truly unique, and I feel so lucky to be a part of the community and practicing such a fun language.

Camille Aitch

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

I am a mom of 2 amazing kids and a proud LEO (law enforcement officer) wife. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, who also enjoys a good glass of moscato, warm weather, and binge watching my favorite shows (reality TV and true crime docs are my favorites). I would love to travel more to experience new cultures/things and look forward to being a snow bird when I retire!

I’ve been in the administrative field since 2009, previously in the healthcare/higher education realm. Here at MT&A, I assist Shelly with various administrative tasks including contracts, recruitment, and billing. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team and look forward to building relationships with the clients and customers that we serve!

Sarah Blasko

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

I am excited and grateful to be the newest staff member here at MT & Associates. I started my career in education by getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education, became a teacher, and realized quickly that I wanted to shift my focus to interpreting. I recently graduated this past December from STLCC-Florissant Valley, and will hopefully be BEI certified very soon. I am also a forever learner and will most likely find myself going back for my Masters in the not too distant future.

In my free time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, making puzzles, and spending time with my guinea pigs, Macie and Olivia. I feel blessed to be a part of the Deaf/HOH and Interpreting communities, and I look forward to connecting personally with all of you soon!

Hearing Consumers

MT&A UNDERSTANDS

People who can hear often fear they will not be able to communicate with someone who is Deaf, mistakenly labeled hearing impaired. Spoken English is not the same as American Sign Language (ASL), and through partnership we will work with you to ensure appropriate diversity and inclusion.

Deaf - Sign Language Consumers

MT&A UNDERSTANDS

Deaf consumers are afraid they will not receive interpreting services and/or will not be understood. If a sign language interpreter does arrive- will the services be accurate, will the sign language interpreter be a good representation of their communication style, will they be friendly without overstepping ethical boundaries?

MT & Associates| Deaf Services (MT&A)

WE UNDERSTAND

Different from our competitors, we partner with all consumers to ensure appropriate/accurate services; as well as compliance and desire for excellence in diversity and inclusion. 

Shelly Tisius - Founder/CEO/Staff Interpreter

First, I am a proud military wife and mom.  When not acting as a wine connoisseur and when the weather is nice, I prefer to be on my screened in porch, take long hikes, or play at the park with my toddler.

Secondly, I am a lover of human services.  I’ve worked in the service industry since 1995, and I cannot imagine any other career in which to spend my time.  I am a lifelong learner primarily studying internal and external customer service continuously adapting and striving for excellence in  service. The Deaf community is truly unique, and I feel so lucky to be a part of the community and practicing such a fun language.

Sign Language Interpreting & Captioning Services

Do you choose a professional service by price or by qualifications? Would you go to a Neurologist for an Orthopedic concern?

Price alone does not guarantee an accurate sign language interpretation.  Any type of interpreter or translator services may not satisfy equal access to communication under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).  For example, foreign language interpreting/translation is covered under a different law than sign language interpreting because spoken languages are vastly different than signed languages.  You want your sign language interpreting services to be as reputable as your business for your Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing consumers.  Use an expert who specializes in sign language interpreting services to meet industry standards and legal requirements.

Business, Government, & Legal

Business, Government, & Legal:

  • Meetings/Townhalls
  • Conferences/Trainings/Travel
  • Professional Interviews/Orientation
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Professional & Social Events
  • Legal Council/Depositions/Courtroom
  • Personal Legal Services (estate planning)

Healthcare: Geriatric, Adult, Child, & Infant

HIPAA trained, ability to work with patients at any level of care:

  • Healthcare (Hospital, Emergency)
  • Behavioral Health (Counseling, Psychiatric, In/Out-Patient)
  • Women’s Specialty Services (OBGYN, Labor & Delivery)
  • Men’s Specialty Services
  • General Practitioner
  • Specialists (Oncology, Nephrology, Chiropractic)
  • Surgical (Elected, Cosmetic)

Education & Personal

MT&A sign language interpreters have advanced degrees and/or specialized training.

  • Secondary Education
  • K-12
  • Educational Events (Orientation, Graduation)
  • Real Estate (Sale, Purchase, Closing)
  • Personal Events (Weddings, Funerals, Birthday)
  • Financial Planning
  • Educational Planning (IEP, Language Consulting)

Services other than Sign Language Interpreting

Aside from or in conjunction with sign language interpreting services:

  • Workshops/Training
  • Ethics & Deaf Culture Training
  • Consulting/Cultural Mediation
  • Foreign Language/Translation Referral
  • CART Referral
  • Other: Contact us if you require any additional services

Do you choose a professional service by price or by qualifications? Would you go to a Neurologist for an Orthopedic concern?

Price alone does not guarantee an accurate sign language interpretation.  Any type of interpreter or translator services may not satisfy equal access to communication under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).  For example, foreign language interpreting/translation is covered under a different law than sign language interpreting because spoken languages are vastly different than signed languages.  You want your sign language interpreting services to be as reputable as your business for your Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing consumers.  Use an expert who specializes in sign language interpreting services to meet industry standards and legal requirements.

Business/Legal

We specialize in sign language interpreting solutions for small & large businesses, government or private:

  • Meetings (small & large groups)
  • Trainings (on the job & continuing education)
  • Business Trips
  • Job Interviews
  • Performance Evaluations
  • Events (award ceremonies, retirement parties, family days)
  • Conferences
  • Depositions
  • Legal Council/Client Meetings
  • Personal Legal Services (estate planning & contracts)
  • Other sign language interpreting

Healthcare: Geriatric, Adult, Child, & Infant

MT&A sign language Interpreters are HIPAA trained and can work with patients of any age or level of care:

  • Behavioral Health (Counseling, Psychiatric, In-Patient, Out-Patient)
  • Hospital (Emergency Room, General)
  • Women’s Specialty Services (OBGYN, Labor & Delivery)
  • General Practitioners
  • Specialists (Oncology, Nephrology, Chiropractic)
  • Cosmetic Procedures
  • Surgeries (Inpatient, Outpatient)
  • Other sign language interpreting

Education & Personal

Interpreters have advanced degrees and/or specialized training:

  • Secondary Education
  • K-12
  • Educational Events (Orientation, Graduation)
  • Real Estate (Sale, Purchase)
  • Personal Events (Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties)
  • Financial Planning
  • Educational Planning (IEP, Language Consulting)

Business Solutions - Services other than Sign Language Interpreting

Below are just a few of the other services we can offer aside from or in conjunction with sign language interpreting services:

  • CART Referrals
  • Translation Referral
  • Foreign Language Referral
  • Workshops
  • Ethics & Deaf Culture Training
  • Consulting/Cultural Mediation
  • Other: Contact us if you require any additional services

Careers & FAQ

 

Careers

Join the MT&A Team!  We are currently looking for friendly, hard-working individuals interested in joining a motivated, driven team.  Access our Careers & Resources page for more information about available opportunities.

MT&A abides by EEOC guidelines.

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FAQ & Resources/Blogs

MT&A provides sign language interpreting services exclusively.  We are here to guide and support Deaf and hearing consumers through the process.

Check out our Resources page for detailed answers to your questions or to subscribe to our weekly blog.  Please contact us at reservations@mtapractice.com to request an eBook for additional information.

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Careers

Join the MT&A Team!  We are currently looking for friendly, hard-working individuals interested in joining a motivated, driven team.  Access our Careers & Resources page for more information about available opportunities.

MT&A abides by EEOC guidelines.

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FAQ & Resources/Blogs

MT&A provides sign language interpreting services exclusively.  We are here to guide and support Deaf and hearing consumers through the process.

Check out our Resources page for detailed answers to your questions or to subscribe to our weekly blog.  Please contact us at reservations@mtapractice.com to request an eBook for additional information.

Missouri & Illinois Law

 

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

 

Missouri and Illinois laws require that Sign Language Interpreters be certified and licensed to work in the state.  For more information on certification and skill level standards in Missouri, please visit http://www.mcdhh.mo.gov/; for Illinois, please visit www2.illinois.gov/idhhc.

MT&A sign language interpreting practice will verify that all Sign Language Interpreters are licensed and certified.  When you contact us to schedule a sign language interpreter, we will ask you a variety of questions to ensure that we only send a sign language interpreter who is qualified to provide sign language interpreting services for your unique needs.

The ADA Law covers all individuals with disabilities and is lengthy.  The purpose of the ADA law is to provide equal access to all individuals, even those with disabilities (including Deaf and hard of hearing).  Refer to our Resources for more details.

Other Legal Requirements

Institutions who are certified, accredited (TJC/CARF), or those who receive state or federal funding typically have mandated requirements to provide sign language interpreters and equal access.  By not providing sign language interpreting services your business could be at risk of losing certification, accreditation, funding, or be open to a lawsuit.  It is important that you understand your requirements regarding sign language interpreting and equal access so you know when you are meeting them and when you are in violation.  Please contact MT&A sign language interpreting practice so we can guide you as it pertains to your unique requirements.

Missouri & Illinois Law

 

Missouri and Illinois laws require that Sign Language Interpreters be certified and licensed to work in the state.  For more information on certification and skill level standards in Missouri, please visit https://mcdhh.mo.gov/; for Illinois, please visit www2.illinois.gov/idhhc.

MT&A sign language interpreting practice will verify that all sign language Interpreters are licensed and certified.  When you contact us to schedule a sign language interpreter, we will ask you a variety of questions to ensure that we only send a sign language interpreter who is qualified to provide sign language interpreting services to your unique needs.

Other Legal Requirements

Institutions who are certified, accredited (TJC/CARF), or those who receive state or federal funding typically have mandated requirements to provide sign language interpreters and equal access.  By not providing sign language interpreting services your business could be at risk of losing certification, accreditation, funding, or be open to a lawsuit.  It is important that you understand your requirements regarding sign language interpreting and equal access so you know when you are meeting them and when you are in violation.  Please contact MT&A sign language interpreting practice so we can guide you as it pertains to your unique requirements.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)- in relation to providing sign language interpreting services

 

The ADA Law covers all individuals with disabilities and is lengthy.  The purpose of the ADA law is to provide equal access to all individuals, even those with disabilities (including Deaf and hard of hearing).  Refer to our Resources for more details.

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