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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 students with hearing disabilities use a variety of communication methods, including: lipreading, amplification, American Sign Language (ASL) and Computer Assisted Real Time Captioning (CART).

Students seeking reasonable accommodations for hearing impairments should contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 860-486-2020 or

Students needing an ASL Interpreter or Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) may complete an Interpreter-CART Request Form available through the University of Connecticut Interpreting Services. The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) will make every effort to provide the requested accommodation. Questions should be directed to Audrey Silva, Interpreter Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or

Assistive Listening Equipment 

The most common assistive listening device is a Frequency Modulated System, often referred to as an FM System. The instructor wears a small microphone close to his/her mouth which then sends his/her voice to the receiver worn by the student. The Center for Students with Disabilities has several FM systems available which students can loan out on a semester-by-semester basis. Receivers for assistive listening equipment may be borrowed, free of charge, from either a venue that provides assistive listening devices or from CSD.  

Students may contact CSD for further information regarding assistive listening equipment at 860-486-2020 or