University of Idaho faculty member lecturing to a class of students.

Instructor Guidelines

Suggested Classroom Accommodations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students:

  • Provide a brief course outline to the student and interpreter early in the semester.
  • A list of new vocabulary or specialized terminology before it comes up in class.
  • A copy of the lecture notes.
  • Allow the interpreter to sit or stand on one side of the instructor, where the student may maintain eye contact with both the interpreter and the instructor.
  • If requested, assist the student in finding a volunteer notetaker. It is impossible to watch the instructor, the interpreter and at the same time, take notes. This is also true for students who are speechreading an oral interpreter or the instructor.
  • Be objective when evaluating materials written by hearing impaired students. If there are problems with grammar, syntax or fluency of expression, the instructor can advise the student of remedial services such as tutoring or the Writing Lab.
  • Allow the student to tape record classroom lectures to be used during tutoring sessions or to be transcribed as study materials.
  • When possible, show captioned films and videos.
  • Alternative testing methods (oral, sign interpreted, extended time) may be necessary in order to accurately test the hearing impaired student’s knowledge of the material. Most tests were written for “hearing” students and do not take into consideration the communication barriers associated with hearing loss.