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Student Accessibility Services & Assistive Technology

Working with ASL Interpreters

General

  • Communicate lesson objectives beforehand. Provide copies of class syllabi, handouts, and other materials. Interpreter Services can provide textbooks to interpreters, but ordering may take several weeks.
  • Do not ask interpreters to do tasks beyond interpreting, such as participating in class activities, serving as aides, or proctoring tests.
  • Work collaboratively with the interpreter and the student. Discuss strategies for making information accessible or other issues that arise.

Working with Deaf Students

 General

  • Deaf and hard of hearing students should adhere to the same classroom policies regarding tardies, absences, participation in class and general expectations. A deaf student signing in class out of turn should be dealt with in the same manner a non-deaf student talking.
  • Call on deaf students to answer questions and participate in class.
  • Become familiar with note-taking procedures, key differences between English and American Sign Language, captioned videos, and other available resources.
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