Individuals who are deaf can call the college and obtain information about support services by using our Telecommunications device for the Deaf at 234-5371 (Voice or T.D.D.). The Business Office can be reached by T.D.D. at 234-5370. Communication will be the obvious challenge for you and the student. The forms of communication in which the deaf and hard of hearing communicate include:
- Speaking: Many deaf students can and do speak. Some cannot control the tone/volume of their speech, so they may be difficult to understand initially. Understanding improves as one becomes familiar with the deaf person's speech.
- Lip Reading: When lip reading, the deaf person translates visual speech production into words. At best, less than half of all speech is visible on the lips.
- Writing: Deaf students will also communicate in writing when lip reading, sing language, or finger spelling cannot be used effectively. Faculty members should not hesitate to write notes to communicate with a deaf student.
- Sign Language: "Signing" allows a deaf person to express ideas through hand movements and gestures which represent words and phrases. Finger spelling, in which successive finger configurations represent each letter of the alphabet may also be used by the deaf or hearing-impaired.
- Interpreters: Some deaf or hearing impaired students may be accompanied to class by an interpreter. The interpreter's job will be to "sign" your lecture to the student and to assist you in communicating with the student. Please allow the interpreter the necessary space need to "face" the student to whom he/she is interpreting.