Support Services: Introduction

This section provides strategies for dealing with challenges you may face regarding support services provided to Deaf/HH students in your course.

Your campus may provide a variety of support services for Deaf/HH students on campus, including:

  • Sign language interpreters.
  • Tutors who use sign language.
  • Notetakers, so that deaf students may watch the interpreter or captioning without interruption.
  • Captionists who work with live captioning systems.
  • Environmental classroom systems – loop systems – that require that you wear a microphone to enhance sound quality for students who use hearing aids.

If it is your first time working with Deaf/HH students and support providers, it is important to be open to the experience. As the professor, you are responsible for setting a positive climate regarding your classroom to all students and support providers.

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Finding Material

We’ve organized the material in this web site into short, readable sections with names like “Lighting,” “Safety,” and “Group Work.” As you seek information about challenges you face centering on deaf and hard-of-hearing students look for words in the four columns above that match your particular situation.

Think of the topics in the menu at left like a large collection of suggestions that can help you in the teaching/learning process with your deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Under each topic you’ll find material organized into challenges and accompanying strategies. You’ll also find links to related topics in the collection, as well as occasional video segments that help to clarify the issue.

In addition there are occasional handouts. These are provided for your use, and are provided in a format that will allow you to open those files, modify them as needed, and they distribute them to your students. For example there is a handout with communication interaction rules for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students when working together in groups.


We’re always interested in knowing what you think. If you don’t find a topic that relates to the issue you face, or if the material is not helpful (or even if it is), please contact us. We’ll help if we can.