Students with hearing impairments who do not use interpreters may utilize different services and devices to facilitate communication. When in doubt, ask the student for suggestions to improve communication.
The accessibility of courses and course material is a campus responsibility under civil rights law. The legal standard is that students with disabilities must have access to courses and course materials they can effectively use at the same time the course and course materials are available to their classmates. There may be rare exceptions; if instructors believe they may not be able to meet this standard, consultation with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is strongly advised.
CART services involves capturing the presenter's voice or other audio from the classroom, so that either an on-site CART writer or a Remote CART writer can accurately transcribe the material and provide the student with a visual display of the text on the student's laptop or other device while they are in the classroom. This allows the student to follow along and engage in the conversation as it is happening.
Arranging the CART services with on-site or remote CART providers takes time, so we need as much lead time and info in advance in order to be properly prepared once the CART service is initiated. In order to ensure everything goes smoothly, please read the following regarding:
1. Provide SAS with advance access to the class schedule/course syllabus and other info regarding field trips, room/venue changes, etc.
2. Provide SAS with access to the XXXX ## ## course site (Canvas* or other) so we can access pertinent material (PPT slides, class notes, etc.) covered in each class. This will allow the on-site CART writer to prep before classes, or allow us to relay the material to the remote CART writer to aid them in keeping pace and transcribing the terminology accurately during class.
• *If using Canvas for your course, please add our Adaptive Technology email to your site as a Course Designer: Adaptive.Technology@Dartmouth.edu.
• Please note that this material is only used by SAS and the CART writer and will not be distributed.
3. If there are any videos, films, audio material, etc., that are required for viewing during or outside of class, the captions will need to be viewable during class, or a captioned version will need to be located for the student, otherwise a captioned version of the media will need to be generated before it can be shown in the classroom.
4. For CART, you will need to wear a mic during class; either one from the specific classroom, or a separate wireless unit that we provide. For remote CART, there would be a staff member to get you set with the mic and who would remain in the classroom with a laptop and receiver (or mixer) in order to connect the audio to the CART writer, monitor the 'real-time' transcription during class, and communicate with the remote transcriber and troubleshoot as needed. Other than needing to wear a microphone, you wouldn't need to tend to any tech issues before, during or after class.
Students with hearing impairments may use an "assistive listening device," which includes a microphone and transmitter(s) for the individual(s) speaking in class. The student will hand you these items at the beginning of class and retrieve them at the end. The transmitter sends radio (FM) signals to their receiver. This assistive listening device is important because it serves to (1) bring your voice directly to the student's ears and (2) greatly reduce the effects of other noises (ventilation systems, papers rustling, classmates coughing, etc.).
Student Accessibility Services and Classroom Technology Services have multiple microphone options that can be provided for settings with frequent multiple speakers. This can work particularly well in seminars, group discussions, group presentations, and the like. Please consult Adaptive.Technology@Dartmouth.edu or Classroom.Technology.Services@Dartmouth.edu if you anticipate such circumstances in your class. If you need assistance with making your Canvas site accessible to Deaf/HOH students, please contact Educational.Technologies@dartmouth.edu.
Last Updated: 12/13/16