Frequently Asked Questions

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

SDS works with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on a case-by-case basis to ensure they receive all reasonable academic-related accommodations necessary. Certain accommodations may include class notes, sign language interpreters, speech-to-text service, or amplification systems. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2017


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, 2017


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, 2017


How do sign language interpreters work in class with a deaf student?

Many deaf and hard of hearing students will utilize sign language interpreting or captioning services in the classroom. Depending on the course content, you may be asked for materials in advance so that the service providers may prepare for upcoming classes. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2017


When there is a sign language interpreter present, should I speak to the interpreter or directly to the deaf student?

When needing to speak to the student, address the student rather than the interpreter and keep in mind that the student will need to be able to see the interpreter and the interpreter will need to be able to hear what you are saying. Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2017


Should I make arrangements for Deaf/HOH Services if I have to meet with a deaf student during office hours?

Check with the student to see if they need communication assistance. While some students utilize services in the classroom, they may or may not need the same services one-on-one. Instructors who need to request sign language interpreters or speech-to-text services are encouraged to have the student contact SDS promptly to... Continue reading...

Posted July 15, 2017


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