Hearing Impairments 

Students who are deaf / hard of hearing use a variety of services to provide equal access to instructional material.


Williams Sound – Personal FM listening system
Portable, wireless amplification system that reduces background noise and other environmental distractions, allowing students to hear instructor’s presentation directly and accurately.

Closed Captioning
All material that is presented in class in a video format will be closed captioned. In the event that captioning was unavailable, alternate access including interpreting or a written transcription may be offered. Instructors are required to insure that video material presented is available in captioned form or arrange for the material to be captioned.

American Sign Language Interpreters / Transliterators

Interpreters/Transliterators are an accommodation available to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The interpreter’s role is to facilitate communication between instructor, the student, and their classmates during regular class meetings. In addition, interpreters can be provided for counselor meetings, tutoring sessions, student/instructor conferences, classroom field trips, and any other activity that is a required instructional activity.

Interpreting is authorized by a DSPS counselor. Requests for interpreters for counseling appointments can be made at the time an appointment is scheduled. The student is required to make the request personally and must give at least a one-week notice to ensure interpreter availability.

Students are required to notify Sara in the DSPS office in advance if they will not be attending class. Interpreters will wait for a short period of time in case the student is running late. Repeated absence from class without prior notification will result in a suspension of interpreting services.