Some accommodations available to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing include but are not limited to:
Sign Language interpreters are available to students who use Sign Language as their primary mode of communication. The interpreters strive to match your signing style; however, if you have a preferred style (example: more English-like signing or more ASL-like signing), please tell the Coordinator and your interpreter.
Because of the demanding nature of visual communication, notetaking is available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The type of notetaking provided depends on student request, supporting documentation, and demands of individual classes. Types of notetaking:
- Peer—copies of peer notes are provided to the requesting student.
- Written—a paid notetaker attends class with the requesting student and takes detailed notes during the lecture.
- Electronic—a paid notetaker attends class with the requesting student and types a detailed summary of class lecture and activities.
Access to Audiovisual Materials
The Access Office works with professors to ensure that whenever possible, captioned videos are shown in classes that are attended by students who are deaf or hard of hearing. If a captioned copy of the video is not available, the Access Office will work together with the professor to provide a captioned copy or a script of the video.
Copies of Overheads/ Powerpoint Slides
Copies of overheads or PowerPoint slides used during lectures can be provided for D/HH students.
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing may need to sit closer to the front or on one particular side of the classroom. These students can speak to their professors individually, or they may be eligible for preferential seating as a formal accommodation through our office.
Extended Testing Time
Extending testing time may be appropriate for students who are D/HH if English is not their first language. The amount of extended time is determined by a consultation with the student and the Coordinator.
Reduced Distraction Test Environment
Because students who are D/HH are often more visually sensitive and may be distracted when taking their tests in the classroom, these students may be eligible to take their tests in a reduced-distraction testing environment, such as the Access Office testing lab.
With supporting documentation, students who are deaf or hard of hearing may borrow FM Systems or Alarms/bed shakers (only for students residing on-campus in residence halls that do not have visual alerting systems) from the Access Office.
In order to facilitate scheduling, students receiving interpreting and/or notetaking services are eligible for priority registration. After being advised, students are able to register the first day of registration.
We value direct communication whenever possible. A Video Phone is located in the Coordinator for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services office. There is also a video phone in the Library Adaptive Technology Lab for student and public use (library first floor, see information desk for room access).
Coordinator: (229) 375-5871
Other accommodations may be appropriate depending on documentation submitted. Please meet with the Coordinator for information on the accommodations for which you are eligible