Deaf and Hard of Hearing

It can be challenging to have Deaf or hard of hearing students in the post-secondary classroom. Instructors may not always know what to do and institutions may grapple with the cost of sign language interpreters, closed captioning video captioning and more. The resources below, are intended to provide guidance and support to DSS providers who work with Deaf or hard of hearing students pursuing higher education or working to gain job skills.

Equitable Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Understanding Legal Responsibilities for Institutions. This resource developed by Pepnet 2 in 2016,  is for professionals who want a better understanding of the legal foundations for serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Disability law attorneys and experienced practitioners explain institutional responsibilities and provide tips for implementing policies and procedures.Topics include: Understanding Laws, Regulations, Case Law, and Guidance; For Law to Practice; Auxiliary Aids and Services: The Basics ; Auxiliary Aids and Services: Common Challenges; Beyond the Classroom: Non-Academic Programs; Access to Facilities; Technical Standards; Online Accessibility and Internships and Accessibility.

Policies and Procedures: Excessive Student Absences: Deaf students have the same rights as their hearing peers, including the right to be absent. However, when they are absent from class, disability service professionals become concerned that the funds being expended for interpreters or speech-to-text services are not being used prudently. By establishing policies and procedures for students and staff to follow, disability service professionals are able to balance the need for access with the need to demonstrate responsible budgetary management.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing: DO-IT has a well-organized overview discussing D/HOH issues in an academic setting and suggests appropriate accommodations plus things instructors can do to be more supportive of DOH students and to also be more effective in the classroom.

Other resources may be found by searching the post category Deaf/HOH