Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services
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Service Area Outcome: By participating in the Special Resource Center, students will develop the skills to request and use Deaf or Hard of Hearing services (ASL interpreting, real-time captioning, and assistive listening devices) in a timely, effective and accountable manner.

Assistive Listening Devices:

A phonic ear is available to each student who needs sound amplification while the instructor is lecturing in the classroom. Students may borrow the equipment from the Special Resource Center.

Interpreter Services:

Interpreters sit in front of the class, usually in an area near the instructor. The interpreter signs and mouths what s/he hears and voices what is signed. Interpreters are available for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students taking mainstream classes. Students can also request interpreter services for:

  • appointments on campus
  • meetings with instructors or tutors
  • special events on campus
  • other educational activities

Notetaking Services:

Notetakers sit near the Deaf or Hard of Hearing students and take notes in the class. The Special Resource Center can help you arrange for notetakers and can provide notetaking materials.

Real-Time Captioning (RTC):

Real-time captioners sit near the students and transcribe what is stated in the classroom via the use of stenographic equipment. Hard copies of notes are available by bringing disks to the Special Resource Center.

Support Services:

Like hearing students, Deaf and Hard of Hearing students may find community college course work more challenging than high school.  Any student who foresees having a problem in a class should request support services in the Special Resource Center. Those who want to learn to be more successful can consider enrolling in Educational Development 33. Opportunities to work with instructional aides in developing skill needed to succeed in college are available.