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Accommodations make it possible for deaf people to participate in postsecondary settings in a manner that promotes inclusion. Entities can proactively plan to provide access in a variety of situations inside and outside of the classroom. Below is a list of topics that provide guidance with planning for accommodations in postsecondary settings.

Note Taking: An Introduction

Note taking is the practice of capturing important pieces of information in a systematic way. It is not limited to the classroom. Note taking is an important accommodation in any situation requiring learning, including job sites and internships. Effective note taking is a skill that is acquired through training and strengthened through practice. It is an accommodation that deaf individuals rely on when they are in an environment of learning. In fact, research conducted with deaf college students indicates that most students view note taking as a very useful support.
 
Topics: Other Access Topics
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Parents, Students
 

Sign Language Interpreters: An Introduction

The role of the interpreter appears to be very straightforward—to effectively facilitate communication between deaf individuals and those who are hearing. However, the complexities of the task, the varieties or types of visual interpreting, and the enormous range of qualifications brought by the interpreter make it anything but simple.
 
Topics: Deaf 101 , Interpreting
Useful For: Audiologists, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users, Teachers
 

Speech-to-Text Services: An Introduction

Today's technology affords deaf individuals access to the world like never before. Speech-to-text is one example of technology that brings access to individuals who are visual communicators.
 
Topics: Deaf 101 , Speech-to-Text (Services)
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Employers, New Users, Parents
 

Visual Fire Alarms

In today's world, emergency preparedness is an important topic. Too often, deaf individuals do not have access to emergency alerts. Visual emergency alerting systems provide equal access and allow deaf people to evacuate safely during emergencies. Both the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act also mandate reasonable accommodations, which include visual fire alarms.
 
Topics: Assistive Technology , Other Access Topics
Useful For: Administrators, Disability Services Professionals, Employers
 

Why Captions Provide Equal Access

Captions are the textual representation of audio content in a video format, communicating spoken dialogue, sound effects, and speaker identification. Captions provide essential access for the more than 30 million Americans with a hearing loss. They also benefit emerging readers, visual learners, non-native speakers, and many others.
 
Topics: Captioned Media , Other Access Topics
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, New Users, Parents, Teachers