5 Tools for Disability Service Providers at Colleges and Universities Serving Deaf Students

A new semester can be overwhelming, but NDC is here with you. NDC can help streamline procedures to enhance disability services offices working with deaf students, with guides to help you build request forms, create a student absence policy and more.

Here are five commonly requested resources for disability services professionals. Visit nationaldeafcenter.org/dsptoolkit for a complete list of related resources, or reach out to help@nationaldeafcenter.org for personalized assistance.

More Than Accommodations: Interpreting Task Force Explores Equitable Access

While deaf students are often granted accommodations at colleges, universities, and trade schools, the students themselves carry the burden of requesting those accommodations and following up if they are not provided or do not meet their needs.

However, at many institutions, decisions about when, where, and which accommodations to provide are made with minimal input from the student. Administrators may feel like they have done their work by providing a certain accommodation, but accomodations do not equal access.

The Significance of Harvard’s Settlement on Video Accessibility

Recently, Harvard University settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2015 by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The case revolved around the lack of captioning for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). NAD also sued the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for similar reasons and that case is still being litigated.

Deaf Veterans Face Barriers to Success on U.S. College Campuses

Veteran’s Day reminds Americans to be grateful to every person who has worn a military uniform and fought for our safety and security. We also should be reminded of our responsibility to create opportunity for the more than 37,000 deaf veterans enrolled as students in colleges and universities throughout the United States.