Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Student Policies and Procedures

Documentation

Current documentation of the student’s disability from a qualified medical professional is required in most cases. Documentation should include diagnosis, functional limitations, prognosis and recommended accommodations. Information regarding the nature of an individual’s disability is held in strict confidence.

Some Services Typically Provided

  • Sign Language Interpreters: The service providers manually sign what is audible and voices what is signed by the student, using English, American Sign Language (ASL) or Signed English.
  • Cued Speech Transliterators: Transliterators transliterate the message manually using Cued speech.
  • Note-takers: Note-takers are volunteers in the course who take notes in class and will make copies ofclass notes to give to the student.
  • Computer Assisted Real-time Translation (CART): CART writers create a verbatim transcript of theclass which is displayed on a computer screen in real-time.

The Best Time to Apply for Services

To maximize the effectiveness of accommodations, we urge individuals to apply for services 6-8 weeks prior to needing them. Some accommodations take 4-6 weeks to implement. The University cannot guarantee that interpreting and/or CART services will be available on the first day of classes for those students who do not submit their request at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of class each semester.

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