Oral and Sign Language Interpreters
At the request of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, the CSD will provide oral or sign language interpreters to those students whose medical documentation supports such request. The CSD works primarily with the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, Family Services Woodfield, and also employs qualified freelance interpreters as the need arises. Students may also identify their own qualified interpreters. Qualified interpreter means an interpreter who, via a video remote interpreting (VRI) service or an on-site appearance, is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially, both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary. Qualified interpreters include, for example, sign language interpreters, oral transliterators, and cued-language transliterators (ADA AA, Title II Regulations, 2010).
Students are requested to contact Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at 486-2020 (Voice) or 486-2077 (TDD), as soon as his/her class schedule has been established. Students are expected to notify the CSD and/or interpreter if he or she is unable to attend class so that the interpreter can be cancelled for the day. Students are also responsible for notifying the CSD if interpreter arrangements are not suitable or to discuss any other concerns.
Computer Assisted Real-Time Translations (CART) Services
Depending on the nature of a student’s hearing disability, the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) may provide Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART). CART is the instant translation of the spoken word into English text performed by a CART reporter using a stenotype machine, notebook computer, and real-time software. The text is then displayed on the computer monitor for the student to read. This accommodation provides on-the-spot communication access to information as it is being given.
CART may be provided for classroom lectures, fieldwork, meetings with faculty members, and for any activity directly related for a student’s academic program. Students requesting this accommodation must contact Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, as soon as possible to discuss the accommodation. Students are requested to submit current documentation consistent with the CSD’s documentation guidelines for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Visit Step by Step guide to request Testing Accommadations.pdf to begin this process. Once documentation is provided, the CSD will review the information in consultation with the University’s Speech and Hearing Clinic in order to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.
If CART is deemed appropriate, the CSD will make arrangements for the accommodation by hiring qualified CART reporters. Students will receive a copy of a ‘rough edit’ transcript after each class in a timely manner to be determined by the student and CART reporter. Written notes may alternatively be provided by a qualified notetaker.
Students are requested to notify the CSD and/or CART reporter if he or she is unable to attend class so that the CART reporter can be cancelled for the day. Students are also responsible for notifying the CSD if CART arrangements are not suitable or to discuss any other concerns.
Students requesting CART should contact Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or Jennifer.Lucia@uconn.edu as soon as possible to discuss the accommodation. Questions and/or concerns related to the CART Policy can also be directed to Jennifer Lucia.
ASL/CART Request Form
To request an American Sign Language Interpreter or Computer-Assisted Real time Transcription (CART) for a University of Connecticut event, please complete the following form. The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) will make every effort to provide the requested accommodation. Any questions should be directed to Audrey Silva, Interpreter Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.