What DHHS Needs From You

Syllabus

Please email deafservices@fhda.edu or send a hard copy of your syllabus & calendar to DHHS.
 

Ensure your media is captioned.


What we do for you before the quarter begins:

We will email you to inform you of which support services the student(s) will receive in your class: 

  • ASL Interpreters
  • Captioners: In Class or Remote Real-time
  • FM System  

Chair Signs

Designated chairs will be in your classrooms prior to the quarter. These chairs are reserved for the interpreters for the duration of the quarter.

Captioners for your Class

CART is used to convert speech to text. This system is also referred to as captioning. It is accomplished through the use of a stenotype machine, computer, or other software to capture the spoken words which are then displayed on a screen as text.

What to expect in your classroom:

  • Students use an iPad for remote captioning.
  • Students connect with a captioner and receive captions in real time.
  • Captioners will either be in the classroom or do captioning from another location.
  • Instructors may be asked to wear a lapel mic.

Here are a few tips:

  • Speak loud and clear and at a reasonable pace.
  • We ask that a break be included for classes over 1.5 hours.
  • When possible, repeat questions from all students before answering.

Interpreters for your Class

American Sign Language Interpreters make communication possible by facilitating communication by interpreting between American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.

Here are a few tips:

  • Speak directly to the student, and not to the interpreter. Do not third person statements such as “ask her” or “tell him.”
  • Speak at natural, reasonable pace.  Too slow is as difficult to interpret as too fast of a pace.
  • Students cannot watch the interpreter and look at a PowerPoint at the same time. After introducing a PowerPoint, allow time for the student to get the information from the interpreter and time to focus on the screen. 
  • Media shown in class should be captioned for accessibility.  Check your videos/ Youtube. Make sure they are accurately captioned and that the equipment in your classroom is set to show captions.
  • If you have a question regarding academics, please ask your student directly, or you may also reach out to their DSS Counselor. 

FM System in your Class

FM systems transmit the your voice directly to the student. You, the instructor, are given a microphone by your student , which picks up your voice and transmits it to a receiver that is connected to the student’s hearing aid, headphones or cochlear implant.

Your student will check out an FM System from DHHS and bring it to class.

ADA & Captioned Media

Ensure your media is captioned.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other laws, require the provision of accommodations, such as captioning, to ensure equal access, an equal opportunity to participate, and effective communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Current captioned media relevant to your class can be found on the DeAnza Library Video Database

    Communication Tips
  • Avoid "tell him/her". Talk directly to the Deaf person, not to the person proving interpreting/captioning services.
  • Face the person and make eye contact with them, not the interpreter/captioner, when speaking.
  • When possible, repeat questions from all students before answering.
  • If you use written communication, make sure you are understood.
  • Pictures and other visual aids may be helpful.
  • Be sure to ask the Deaf or hard-of-hearing person for ways to improve communication
  • Speak loud and clear and at a reasonable pace.
  • We ask that a break be included for classes over 1.5 hours.
  • Check your videos/ Youtube. Make sure they are accurately captioned and that the equipment in your classroom is set to show captions.
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