Two students at Texas State University have shared experiences of working with disability offices to identify and arrange supports for their own studies.
One student who has hearing-aids and does not sign, disliked the recurring stereotypical belief that having a sign interpreter would benefit her studies. Consequently, she took practical action by setting up a campus computer laboratory for deaf students to access teaching material on their own time.
Read: Student works to promote deaf equality
Meanwhile, the second student interviewed, believes more staff training and effort is needed to improve captioning services for lectures and tutorials.
Read: Student struggles with disability office resources
Captioning in academic settings is quite new, with on-site processes being tweaked. Familiarity with material being captioned is a big advantage – but automated solutions with dynamic dictionaries will move services forward.
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