- Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students will usually require seating at the front of the classroom, near to and facing the instructor, to make optimum use of visual cues.
- Appropriate seating will also be required for the interpreter or captioner.
- Speak directly to the student as you would a hearing student.
- Please repeat questions from others in the classroom before answering because it is often difficult for the interpreter or real time captioner to hear the questions from the front of the room.
- Control classroom discussions to one speaker at a time.
- If you intend to show movies, slides, or video, be aware that media, as per Federal Law since 1990, must be captioned or subtitled; if you have any concerns as to whether your media has captioning please contact the DSPS office ASAP, (562) 463-7651.
- The interpreter or real time captioner’s primary responsibility is to facilitate communication. Instructors should refrain from asking the interpreter or real time captioner to function as a teacher’s aide, to participate in class activities, or to perform other tasks. Doing so may interfere with the quality of communication provided, compromise the role of the interpreter or real time captioner, and prevent full communication access for students who are deaf.
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