Disability Services will work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing and
in need of interpreters. It is imperative that students needing an interpreter contact Disability Services as soon
as they know they will be taking a course. It can take a
considerable amount of time to locate a qualified interpreter who
can work at the times you need. Every attempt will be made to
locate certified interpreters, but occasionally, non-certified
personnel are employed.
To request and utilize interpreter
services, you must:
- Contact Disability Services least 3 weeks (preferably earlier)
in advance to request interpreter services. While every
attempt to find an interpreter will be made, requests made less
than 3 weeks in advance may be insufficient time to locate an
interpreter. If an interpreter cannot be located, an
alternative format will be utilized (ie: volunteer notetaker
and/or transcription of the class discussion/lecture).
- Meet with a representative in Disability Services to discuss your
specific interpreting needs.
- Provide Disability Services with documentation of your disability
that contains the following:
a.) a diagnosis of the hearing loss and copy of
a recent audiogram.
b.) a description of the functional limitations.
c.) a statement from an audiologist regarding
the level of benefit of amplification.
- Provide Disability Services with your class schedule as soon as you
register for classes or preferably before. This will allow
plenty of time for scheduling interpreters. The longer the
delay in requesting services, the greater the possibility that
interpreters will be unavailable.
- Report any difference in the confirmed schedule (as
compared with the requested schedule) as soon as possible.
- Inform Disability Services when interpreter services are not needed
(i.e. will not be in class, class is canceled, etc.) so that the
interpreter may be canceled. If you fail to notify Disability Services when
services are not needed on 3 such instances, services will be
suspended until a meeting with the Director is held.
- Inform Disability Services during regular business hours at least
1½ hours ahead of time when you will be arriving late so
Interpreting Services can be cancelled. In the event that Disability Services is not notified, the interpreter(s) will wait 20 minutes before
leaving. If you are sufficiently late without warning to
warrant the interpreters leaving for 3 classes, services will be
suspended until you meet with the Coordinator.
For additional information or to
arrange interpreter services, please contact Disability Services at: