Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services 

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

Video Relay is now available in room 2004

If you use Sign Language to communicate this service helps simplify the telephone process. It can be used in place of TTY.​

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 Partners in Access to College Education 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 Karen in the Partners in Access to College Education 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. 

 Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities will find that using all support functions of the word processing programs such as spell, grammar checks, and thesaurus, will provide a great foundation for writing.  Also available for support are:

  • Customized screen color
  • Colored overlays for text
  • Kurzweil 3000 - text scanner with audio output
  • Voice Recognition word processors
  • INSPIRATION - writing software
  • Computer screen readers
  • PDF Aloud - PDF to voice converter
  • Textbooks in audio format

 Mobility Impairments

Conventional techniques used for input to the computer may present a barrier to persons with mobility issues. Support is available through:

• Dragon Naturally Speaking 
• Ergonomic keyboard 
• Optical character recognition and scanner 
• Ergonomic arm supports 
• Ergonomic chairs 
• Adjustable tables 

Visual Impairments

People with visual impairments may not be able to see the computer well enough to use the computer productively. Support is available through:


• PIAF (Picture in a Flash) - raised line drawings 
• CCTV - enlarges hard copies of materials 
• JAWS for Windows - screen reader for Windows 
• Zoom Text - screen magnification 
• Braille output of text 
• Audio output of text 
• Braille and large print keyboards 
• Alternative lighting 
• Clarity Classmate