going to college as a hoh/little "d" deaf person

SpaceGlitter

New Member
Hi! so I am starting college next fall and I am wondering what accomodations I should take advantage of.

I wear hearing aids and one-on-one or with just a few people I can hear okay as long as my aids are on. In a classroom setting? forget about it. Can't hear anything.

I've been learning ASL for about three years now. First on my own and now taking a class. I can follow what my teacher is saying pretty well but sometimes he goes too fast for me or theres words I don't know. I'm nowhere near fluent but in general I at least understand most of what is being said to me.

I know that if it's available in my school I'm going to request a note-taker. But should I have an interpreter? I don't know if I'm deaf enough to ask for one, would that be taking away from from someone who may need one more? Will the interpreter not want to do it because I'm not totally fluent and I use my voice? It is an art school so a lot of classes will be mostly sitting and drawing still lifes. But some will be lecture-based or at least the teacher will need to explain stuff before we start drawing. I don't know if I should have one.

Can I have one for the lecture classes but not workshops? Should I just stick with a note-taker? Should I wait to request one until my signing is better?
 

deerheart12

Member
Hi ! I would check out your college disable resource center and check out what's available. As long as you have an hearing audiogram I'm sure you can have an interpreter and they can adjust to your level. You can have an interpreter for the lecture and they can leave if you're all set for the lab or workshop part.

I'm hard of hearing and I use my voice to speak in class and sometimes I let the interpreter voice me either way.

Try it out! You might learn ASL a bit faster. Good for you taking an ASL class even if you don't understand everything having exposure will help you.
I've taken many classes in lectures, art classes and even swimming classes with an interpreter. I could not survive college without them! I also have used captioning in class which is a person using a court reporter typewriter connected to a laptop and I read what is being said in class. It's usually good in math class setting.

I don't know how accurate it is but you could try out an app on your phone Google Live Transcribe on android phones might help picking up someone's lecture if you're close to the person that is. There are other apps as well but might not be as accurate though.

I always had note takers (these are usually students in your class) in lecture classes which save me from listening and writing at the same time.

Ask the teacher for lecture or slide notes to be emailed to you

Also if you're in a art class and you have an intepreter and the teacher wants you to draw or something you'll have to tell the teacher I can't draw and listen to the interpeter at the same time! lol I had to tell that to one teacher.

Good luck in your studies! :)
Annie
 

SpaceGlitter

New Member
Hi ! I would check out your college disable resource center and check out what's available. As long as you have an hearing audiogram I'm sure you can have an interpreter and they can adjust to your level. You can have an interpreter for the lecture and they can leave if you're all set for the lab or workshop part.

I'm hard of hearing and I use my voice to speak in class and sometimes I let the interpreter voice me either way.

Try it out! You might learn ASL a bit faster. Good for you taking an ASL class even if you don't understand everything having exposure will help you.
I've taken many classes in lectures, art classes and even swimming classes with an interpreter. I could not survive college without them! I also have used captioning in class which is a person using a court reporter typewriter connected to a laptop and I read what is being said in class. It's usually good in math class setting.

I don't know how accurate it is but you could try out an app on your phone Google Live Transcribe on android phones might help picking up someone's lecture if you're close to the person that is. There are other apps as well but might not be as accurate though.

I always had note takers (these are usually students in your class) in lecture classes which save me from listening and writing at the same time.

Ask the teacher for lecture or slide notes to be emailed to you

Also if you're in a art class and you have an intepreter and the teacher wants you to draw or something you'll have to tell the teacher I can't draw and listen to the interpeter at the same time! lol I had to tell that to one teacher.

Good luck in your studies! :)
Annie
thanks this is really helpful!!
 

deafdyke

Well-Known Member
Hi! so I am starting college next fall and I am wondering what accomodations I should take advantage of.

I wear hearing aids and one-on-one or with just a few people I can hear okay as long as my aids are on. In a classroom setting? forget about it. Can't hear anything.

I've been learning ASL for about three years now. First on my own and now taking a class. I can follow what my teacher is saying pretty well but sometimes he goes too fast for me or theres words I don't know. I'm nowhere near fluent but in general I at least understand most of what is being said to me.

I know that if it's available in my school I'm going to request a note-taker. But should I have an interpreter? I don't know if I'm deaf enough to ask for one, would that be taking away from from someone who may need one more? Will the interpreter not want to do it because I'm not totally fluent and I use my voice? It is an art school so a lot of classes will be mostly sitting and drawing still lifes. But some will be lecture-based or at least the teacher will need to explain stuff before we start drawing. I don't know if I should have one.

Can I have one for the lecture classes but not workshops? Should I just stick with a note-taker? Should I wait to request one until my signing is better?
Ask for C-Print instead of a notetaker... Reason I say this is b/c it's much better then a notetaker.....but yes I would trial using a 'terp and see how it goes!
 
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