Frequently Asked Questions

What if I disagree with an accommodation decision that has been made by SDS?

If you disagree with an accommodation decision made by SDS please make an appointment with your Accommodations Coordinator or the SDS Director to discuss your concerns.  Appeals beyond that point may be addressed with the University of Iowa ADA Coordinator. Continue reading...

Posted September 16, 2016


I'm having trouble with an exam accommodation being proctored by an instructor? What do I do?

If you are having trouble with an exam being proctored by an instructor or have any other questions or problems concerning an exam accommodations, please contact your SDS Accommodation Coordinator right away. Continue reading...

Posted April 14, 2016


I need transportation assistance on campus. Where do I go for help?

Student Disability Services provides academic accommodations. For transportation assistance on campus, contact Cambus and inquire of their Bionic Bus system.  Continue reading...

Posted August 14, 2014


I want to take an ASL course. Can you assist?

The university has several American Sign Language classes available. A few seats are held and distributed on a special permission basis. Please visit the American Sign Language Program website and contact asl-program@uiowa.edu for more information. The Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator can send the ASL program a confirmation that the student qualifies; however, the ASL program... Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


I need a sign language interpreter for an academic advising or financial aid meeting. Where can I ge

Each department or interdepartmental unit on campus is required by the ADA to provide their own sign language interpreter for students who request it. The interpreting fees will come out of the department or library’s budget. As a courtesy, the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator at SDS may be contacted for referrals at sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


Does SDS have amplification or FM systems available for deaf/hard of hearing students?

Yes, the FM systems can be loaned out free of charge by registered students at SDS on a semester-by-semester basis. Students may submit their request to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


I need a sign language interpreter or speech-to-text services for my courses. What do I do?

First you must register with Student Disability Services. Upon approval for accommodations, submit your request for specific services each semester to sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


What is the role of SDS in providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services?

SDS works with hard-of-hearing and deaf students on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include notetaking services, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text services, or amplification systems. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


What should I take into consideration when teaching a deaf or hard of hearing student?

Each student is different and there is a wide variety of accommodations that may need to be arranged, including sign language interpreting and note-taking services. Consult with SDS for more information regarding a particular student. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


Is there anything special I need to do for deaf or hard of hearing students if I am showing a video or online video clip in class?

Instructors who have students who are deaf or hard of hearing in their classes need to consider the accessibility of the media they plan to use. These instructors will be notified in advance before the semester begins by Student Disability Services. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2014


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