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May Question of the Month: Campus Access - Graduation

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Our May Question of the Month centers on the responsibility of providing access for graduation.

Q:

How can our campus ensure access for deaf visitors/families on graduation day?

A:

Graduation is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students. Institutions are required to ensure that any programs and services they host are accessible to all members of the campus community, including visitors and guests; including commencement. There is a growing trend of establishing inclusive policies that encourage institutions to proactively provide interpreters, speech-to-text services, and assistive listening devices for large events like graduation to ensure effective communication.

Taking a proactive approach will also reduce the likelihood of last-minute requests, as providers are less likely to be available on short notice. Additionally, this practice creates a welcoming and inviting space for deaf individuals, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion. This action contributes significantly to relationship building and community development. Establishing a system to request interpreters is a common practice such as including an access statement for on-campus events. Accommodation request advertisements should include clear guidelines on how to request accommodations and relevant contact information. As you prepare for this exciting time of graduation, remember to prioritize inclusivity for all attendees!

For more information on campus access for graduation, check out our resources below:

This topic was modified 2 months ago 2 times by Latoya Dixon | National Deaf Center

   
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