Assistive Listening Devices
If a Deaf or Hard of Hearing student can benefit from additional amplification, the Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) will provide a sound amplification system (FM) that can be used independently or with the student’s personal hearing aid.
This wireless system sets up a direct auditory relationship from the instructor to the student. The professor wears a transmitter and microphone that sends his/her voice to a receiver worn by the student. The student is able to hear the instructor’s voice directly into their ear, no matter where s/he is seated in the classroom.
The units, about the size of a transistor radio, can be taken to an individual advising session, a small classroom setting or a large auditorium. The system is also capable of being attached directly to a movie projector or videotape player allowing the student direct access to the information being presented. To receive any accommodation, recent medical documentation must be submitted to the O.D.R. advisor. All service requests must be made with the appropriate staff person.
Sign Language & Oral Interpreting
The Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) employs a full time interpreter coordinator who handles requests for all academic and university related interpreting. The interpreter coordinator hires, evaluates, and supervises interpreters. The coordinator is also available to assist faculty in understanding the interpreter’s role in the classroom.
A variety of factors are considered when placing an interpreter in the classroom such as: course content; instructor’s teaching and presentation style; interpreter’s expertise; and the student’s communication needs. Consideration of all variables allows for an optimum communication setting.
The O.D.R. employs interpreters who:
• Are specifically trained as educational interpreters in the college environment.
• Graduated from an approved interpreter training program.
• Possess college degrees.
• Are skilled in various sign systems. (i.e., ASL, PSE, Signed English)
• Are able to work with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students who have
• varied sign language proficiency levels and/or
Are certified or qualified through:
• Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
• National Association for the Deaf (NAD)
• State of Michigan Quality Assurance (QA I,II,III)
To receive any accommodation, recent medical documentation must be submitted to the O.D.R. advisor. All service requests must be made with the appropriate staff person.
Rebecca Shriner CI,CT