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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

 

Sign Language Interpretation and CART

Hearing impairment is a broad term that refers to varying degrees of hearing loss from partial to total deafness. Age of onset plays a crucial role in the development of language; persons with prelingual hearing loss often have weaker oral communication skills than those whose loss occurred after speech development. Many individuals with hearing disabilities use a variety of communication methods, including: lipreading, amplification, American Sign Language (ASL) and Computer Assisted Real Time Captioning (CART).

Employees seeking a workplace accommodation for a hearing impairment should contact the ADA Accommodation Case Manager, Ryan Bangham, at the Department of Human Resources at 860-486-2036 or e-mail ryan.bangham@uconn.edu for further assistance. 

Employees needing an ASL Interpreter or Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) may request services via the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services or contact the Interpreter Coordinator at 860-486-2020 or UCIS@uconn.edu. . 

 

Assistive Listening Equipment 

The most common assistive listening device is a Frequency Modulated System, often referred to as an FM System. The instructor/presenter wears a small microphone close to his/her mouth which then sends his/her voice to the receiver worn by an individual. An FM system may be made available as a workplace accommodation where needed. Most public assembly areas provide assistive listening equipment and is made available upon request.

Employees seeking assistive listening equipment as a workplace accommodation for a hearing impairment should contact the ADA Accommodation Case Manager, Ryan Bangham, at the Department of Human Resources at 860-486-2036 or e-mail ryan.bangham@uconn.edu for further assistance.