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Access: The Fundamentals Module

Access: The Fundamentals is a straightforward and informative introduction to the nature of hearing loss and its implications for communication and learning in educational settings. The course also provides basic information about accommodations that can make education, employment, and other activities accessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

While designed for postsecondary educators and staff who work with students who are D/HH, anyone who works with these individuals—high school staff and faculty, rehabilitation counselors, and employment specialists, for example—will find the course useful.

Participants who successfully complete the training in a single session may download and print a file issued by DCMP that verifies completion of one hour of training.

Support Documents

Demystifying Hearing Assistive Technology

This book focuses on the access needs of individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf who rely on aural/oral and/or print communication and not sign language. It covers information on hearing aids, audiograms, cochlear implants and other auditory implantable devices, the definition of communication access, assistive listening devices, speech-to-text accommodations, alerting devices, and telecommunication options. In addition, there is an extensive resource section with additional information on the topics covered.  144 pages. (Published: 2007)

Tipsheet: Interpreting

This tipsheet is one in a series of publications that addresses services provided to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It covers various items regarding interpreting services, including the types of services provided and tips when working with an interpreter.

Fast Facts: Speech-to-Text Services: An Overview of Real-time Captioning

Today’s technology affords individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing access to the world like never before. Speech-to-text technology is one such tool that brings access to individuals who are visual communicators.

“Speech-to-text” is an umbrella term used to describe an accommodation where spoken communication and other auditory information are translated into text in real-time. A service provider types what is heard and the text appears on a screen for the consumer to read.

There are three main systems which are used to provide real-time captioning: 1) Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), 2) C-Print®, and 3) TypeWell.

Guide to Speech-to-Text Services in Postsecondary Enviornment

This guide offers administrators, potential service providers, students, and parents, an overview of the various speech-to-text service options available in postsecondary environments to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. It includes information about various types of speech-to-text services, profiles of students who might utilize it, strategies for implementing services on campus, tips for scheduling services, and approaches for developing policies and procedures. (2005)



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