Madison College provides services for Deaf/hard of hearing (D/hh) students in classrooms, for extracurricular activities and at certain Madison College events. In order to use interpreters or captionists, you will need to sign and agree to specific policies and procedures.
D/HH Student services
D/hh students may qualify for one or more of the following:
- Sign language interpreting/transliterating
- Case management
- Speech-to-text captioning (i.e. C-Print, CART)
- FM system
- Multimedia captioning
- Other services or accommodations, depending on the student's specific disability
To request services, contact intepreter coordinator Jana Mauldin at (608) 246-6352 or (608) 234-4279.
The increased use of media in education poses barriers to some students with disabilities, specifically students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides the legal support for addressing accessibility for persons with disabilities, research (Gernsbacher, 2015; Brasel & Gips, 2014) clearly shows captioning benefits a much wider audience. Captioning promotes notetaking, enhances recall and the understanding of content, and provides access to auditory content when there is diminished sound quality or when surrounding noises create distractions (Steinfeld, 1998).
Instructors need to consider the accessibility of the media they plan to use. Instructors who intend to use DVD, VHS, or web-based videos and/or podcasts in their courses, should be aware that they are responsible for offering accessible versions of this course material. Instructors who have students with a documented hearing loss in their classes need to especially consider the accessibility of the media they plan to use. If there is a student in your class who is requesting captioning for media, media accessibility will be part of the initial discussion with you in planning for the student's accommodations. Please refer to the Closed Captioning Guidelines.