Deaf Services


Did you know that students who are deaf or hard of hearing who use hearing aids effectively in quiet environments may require an assistive listening device in the classroom? Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to use an assistive listening device in the classroom:

  • Instructor’s voice which may include how loud he/she speaks, whether of not they have an accent, etc.
  • Background noise in the classroom
  • Room echo due to size of the classroom
  • Distance from the instructor

The most common assistive listening device is a Frequency Modulated System, often referred to as an FM System. The instructor wears a small microphone close to his/her mouth which then sends his/her voice to the receiver worn by the student. The Center has several FM systems available which students can loan out on a semester-by-semester basis.

Listening Devices


Phonic Ear Solaris Binaural Precision Hearing System

  • Website: www.phonicear.com
  • Brief Description:
    This system consists of a wireless transmitter and receiver, each with 40-channel built-in dial-selectable FM channels. The speaker wears the transmitter, which sends the sound through an FM radio frequency to the handset. The receiver amplifies the sound and sends it directly to the listener’s ear through ear-mics connected to the listener’s earmolds (transducers may be used as well). The Solaris Binaural can also be connected to personal hearing aids or a variety of other listening options.

Phonic Ear Toteable Sound Field System

  • Website: www.phonicear.com
  • Brief Description:
    This personal listening system consists of a FM transmitter that sends the desired speech or other auditory signal to the FM receiver, which is used by the listener. The signal is then amplified and sent to the listener’s ear. Since it is wireless, it can be used indoors and outdoors. It is especially useful in noisy areas or where there is a large distance from the speaker to the listener.

Williams Sound Personal FM Listening Systems

  • Website: www.williamssound.com
  • Brief Description:
    Students who are deaf or hearing impaired may also require an assistive listening device in the classroom. The most common device is a personal FM System where the speaker or class faculty member wears a microphone and the student wears an amplification unit. Students may borrow an FM System from the Center on an as-needed basis. Students are requested to fill out an equipment loan agreement form and work out the terms with the Director. Please contact the CSD for more information.

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.

University of Connecticut Interpreting Services Case Statement

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 audrey.silva@uconn.edu.

 

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