How Your University or School Can Help the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Student Population

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How does your organization accommodate those that are deaf or hard-of-hearing?

One important area in which our services at Scott Realtime Reporting are used is in the field of education.

For students who are deaf or hard of hearing, providing them with CART and captioning services, like those that we offer, inside the classroom or lecture hall can truly make all the difference inmaximizing the value of their educational experience.

Universities Providing Support for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Most universities are eager to provide the necessary accommodations for students with a wide range of disabilities, including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

However, in order for a student to receive the necessary assistance, there is generally a process that he or she must go through with the school. By putting into place services such as at your school or university, and by making the process of obtaining them as easy and painless as possible, you can ensure that all students under your care are getting the most out of your education.

Students Making Requests

In general, schools that we work with have an office set up to deal specifically with questions of student disabilities, i.e. Office of Accessibility or Disability Support Services. When a student has a request—such as deaf student requesting captioning or transcription services in the classroom—the request is made through this office.

The school would then get in touch with Scott Realtime Reporting, and we would be able to begin providing these services as quickly as possible.

Auburn University, for example, one school for which we provide CART and captioning services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, allows students with disabilities to apply for accommodations through their Office of Accessibility.

A deaf or hard-of-hearing student, for example, would only need to submit documentation of his or her disability, along with a request for a particular accommodation, and the process would be set into motion to acquire our services for the classroom, a particular event, or any other situation.

Another client of ours, the University of Alabama, has a similar process, through their Disability Support Services, which provides to students in need of them.

Once contacted by a university, we can use our CART/captioning services to improve immensely the educational experience of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

With CART, or Communication Access Realtime Translation, we can instantly translate spoken word into written word, ensuring that whether it is in a lecture hall, a small seminar, or any number of events that take place on the average college campus, no student is missing out on anything because of his or her hearing.

Update Your Organization Today

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, everybody has the right to a quality education, and no student should be deprived of that right simply because he or she is deaf or hard of hearing.

By working with Scott Realtime Reporting, you can ensure that each and every student at your school or university has equal access to all aspects of the educational experience, and that nobody falls behind for reasons that can easily be dealt with through simple disability accommodation services that so many schools already have in place.

How does your organization currently meet the needs of your deaf and hard-of-hearing population?