Through sign language interpreting services, the interpreter facilitates communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are hearing. Sign language interpreting services can be requested for any official university function. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates sign language interpreting services for Virginia Tech students during New Student Orientation, in their classes/labs, and for required academic activities. Interpreting services for registered students are scheduled for classes and labs for the full semester. Non-academic student requests, employee requests, or campus visitor requests for sign language interpreting services are coordinated by the department sponsoring the event. Requests for interpreting services should be made to either Services for Students with Disabilities or the sponsoring department at least two weeks in advance of the event.
This real time, computer-aided speech-to-text transcription system is provided for deaf or hard of hearing students who do not use sign language. With C-PrintTM, the captionist transcribes the class, allowing the student to view the text in real-time on their laptop, mobile device, or on the captionist's screen. At the end of the class, this transcript is then saved to the student's disk for use in reviewing and studying. Captioning services are scheduled for the full semester. Some class formats are not conducive to this captioning service and may be served by volunteer note takers. Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates C-PrintTM speech-to-text captioning services for Virginia Tech students during New Student Orientation, in their classes/labs, and required academic activities. Non-academic student requests, employee requests, or campus visitor requests for speech-to-text captioning services are coordinated by the department sponsoring the event. Requests for the above services should be made to either Services for Students with Disabilities or the sponsoring department at least two weeks in advance of the event.
Note taking is a supplemental service that might be required by deaf or hard of hearing students who are not using C-Print™ captioning. Due to the difficulty of watching an interpreter or using speech-reading and writing lecture notes at the same time, a note taker may serve as a reasonable accommodation to capture the lecture in hard copy form. Services for Students with Disabilities coordinates these volunteer note-taking services.
Assistive Listening Devices
Virginia Tech students who are hard of hearing may make use of an assistive listening device (ALD), which gives the user direct, amplified access to a speaker's voice while blocking out audio interference. Contact Services for Students with Disabilities well in advance to discuss ALD equipment needs. Many of the university's auditoriums are already set up for ALD use. Meeting with the audio-visual technician in each auditorium will determine to what frequency a personal ALD should be set. These auditoriums also have a limited number of ALDs to checkout for that specific class, meeting, or event. Arrangements can also be made to checkout an ALD from SSD for the entire semester.
University Colleges and Departments
The Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) provides sign language interpreting and C-PrintTM captioning services for Virginia Tech students in regularly scheduled classes and labs. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring department or college to arrange and fund sign language interpreting, C-PrintTM or other transcription/captioning services for sponsored events or conferences in order to provide accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In addition, media used by university colleges and departments should contain captions or subtitles to make it accessible to students and other viewers. If you need assistance obtaining captioning for your online or other media, please contact Christa Miller at Captioning@vt.edu.
For further information regarding captioning, sign language interpreting requests, speech-to-text captioning requests, or assistive listening device requests by university colleges and departments, please contact University Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Services at 540-231-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also obtain clarification and further information by contacting James Bell at 231-3788 or email@example.com.
The links below lead to external sites and will open in a new tab/window:
- Virginia Tech homepage
- Virginia Tech Office for Diversity and Inclusion
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
- Virginia Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (VRID)
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
- Virginia Association of the Deaf (VAD)
- Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)
- Disability Law Center of Virginia
- Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)