Sign language and spoken language interpreters
For students whose first language is ASL or LSQ, an interpreter provides communication in both ASL and spoken English, or LSQ and spoken French. The interpreter will translate classroom discussions into ASL or LSQ for the student and from ASL or LSQ to spoken language so the student can ask or answer questions and participate in discussions.
Computerized notetakers facilitate communication in the classroom by typing out a summary of what is being said using a laptop computer. A laptop is set up on or near the student’s desk so classroom conversations can be read on the screen. Students usually receive a summary of notes for study and review.
Computerized notetakers should not be confused with CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) which uses a phonetic keyboard and provides word-for-word transcription of what is being said.
Assistive listening devices
A personal amplification system is perfect for one-on-one teacher/student meetings or seminars where noise or acoustics can create challenges for students with hearing loss.
A personal FM system is commonly used in the classroom. It’s a two-part, body-worn device: the student wears the receiver with a choice of headset and the professor or instructor wears the transmitter. Together with the student’s hearing aid, the FM system minimizes background noise and amplifies the instructor’s voice.