Realtime Communication Access
Disability Support Services arranges for American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters, TypeWell Transcribers, CART providers and Assistive Technology such as FM Listening Systems and equipment for displaying captioned video.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters
Students using American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters are encouraged to make their request to DSS with as much advance notice as possible to facilitate scheduling. Students must also sign an Interpreter Services Agreement form that outlines rights and responsibilities.
TypeWell, C-Print and CART
TypeWell or C-Print Transcribing
Transcribers use laptop computers and sophisticated abbreviation software to provide realtime communication access for students who experience hearing loss. TypeWell and C-Print are the names of two different abbreviation software programs. They both require training and practice, but can enable a hearing typist to produce a transcript for a deaf or hard of hearing student.
Two laptop computers are linked with either a wireless connection or with a serial cable. The hearing transcriber can then use one of the laptops that is equipped with abbreviation software to transcribe what is being said in the classroom so the student with hearing loss can read it in realtime from the second laptop.
Students using TypeWell or C-Print for classes sign a Transcribing Services Agreement form that outlines rights and responsibilities. Students using Transcribers are encouraged to make their request to DSS with as much advance notice as possible to facilitate scheduling.
Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART)
A CART provider (trained as a court reporter or stenographer) uses a stenotype machine with a phonetic keyboard and special software. A computer translates the phonetic symbols into English captions almost instantaneously. The slight delay is based on the captioner's need to hear the word and computer processing time. Students using CART are encouraged to make their request to DSS with as much advance notice as possible to facilitate scheduling. Students must also sign a CART Services Agreement form that outlines rights and responsibilities.
Assistive Listening Technology
DSS has Assistive Listening Devices that can be checked out by students to use on a semester by semester first come first served basis. These devices are used to amplify the professors voice. Some of these systems use a microphone that is placed on a desk or table to pick up sounds from the classroom while other systems have the instructor or professor wear a wireless microphone. Some systems use headphones while others transmit the amplified sounds directly to hearing aids.
Sometimes students also ask for recorders so that class lectures can be played back at a louder volume after class. Other times students ask that an optical overhead be used so that documents being read out loud in the classroom can be simultaneously viewed on screen.
If you have questions about these Assistive Technologies please contact DSS.