Students Who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Students at the College of Charleston make use of a variety of visual and auditory modes of communication such as use of auditory skills, speechreading (lip reading), and American Sign Language (ASL).

Suggested classroom strategies

  • Designate an area in the room from which you’ll lecture and the interpreter can stand or sit to one side of you.
  • Do not obstruct the students’ view of the interpreter.
  • If lights need to be dimmed, make sure interpreter is still in a well-lit area.
  • When an interpreter is used, speak directly to the student rather than the interpreter.
  • Face the class when speaking. Speak clearly and naturally.
  • Do not stand or sit in front of a window where glare or shadows will impede speech reading and/or facial expression.
  • Use visual cues and media as much as possible in presenting course related information.
  • During class discussions encourage only one speaker at a time and point out who is speaking. Repeat the question or comment to clarify the point the speaker has made.
  • Use captioned films/videos.
  • Be open to suggestions from the students about how to best accommodate their needs.

Possible recommended academic accommodations

  • Use of an interpreter
  • Use of a note-taker
  • Use of remote captioning services
  • Priority seating

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