Filed under: Deaf and Hard of hearing services

Is there technology available to assist deaf and hard of hearing students?

A captionist known as a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) provider can be utilized in the classroom on-site or remotely to provide realtime speech-to-text services. The captionist will bring their own stenograph machine and laptop. The student will have a laptop/tablet in front of them which will display the texts... Continue reading...

Posted August 1, 2017


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, 2017


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'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, 2017


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, 2017


I need a sign language interpreter or speech-to-text service 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, 2017


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


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