Accomodating ideas

Repeat other students’ questions before answering them and put their responses on the board.

When necessary, identify the student asking questions or contributing to discussion, so the hearing impaired student knows who is speaking.

You will need to have the movie opencaptioned (consult with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at the LNEC for assistance), or provide an interpreter, written summary, or screenplay.

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If the student has trouble understanding a point or answering your question, consider that this difficulty may be due to problems with the interpreter’s skill, rather than to the student’s intelligence or preparation.

Moderate your speaking pace so the interpreter can keep up, and allow a slightly greater response time for questions so the interpreter has time to relay questions.

Consider providing a brief outline of the course as a handout or on-line.

If you need to communicate with the student by telephone, use the General U. TDD/TTY Relay (982-HEAR) or the Virginia Relay Center (1-800-828-1140/1120).

If you tend to speak quickly, try to moderate your speed, and slow down when explaining important ideas and facts.

Speak naturally, and don’t over-enunciate or shout.

Consider providing these to the interpreter before class.

Outline clearly your main ideas on handouts, overheads, or blackboard. Many hearing-impaired students rely on hearing aids, which magnify allsound, including background noise.

It may also help to announce that you expect quiet when you lecture and when students speak. If the room has extremely high echo levels, you can contact the Associate Provost for Classroom Management and Academic Support (924-6313) to request a room change (carpeted rooms have lower echo levels than do rooms with hardwood floors).

Do not, however, single out the hearing impaired student by announcing that you are making these changes so the hearing-impaired student is able to hear better. Encourage the student to sit in the first few rows.

A few students speaking in the background can thus make your lecture or comments very difficult to hear.

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