If your school is planning a virtual graduation ceremony, be sure to plan for communication access for all deaf participants (graduates, alumni, families and other viewers). Access considerations for deaf participants should include:
Speech-to-Text Services: These services, provided by a professionally trained provider, can be streamed on top of live video feeds or through a separate link to access real-time captions. Schools have been putting this into practice. Here are some strategies on how to stream speech-to-text services.
It is also important for schools to advertise in advance that the ceremony will be broadcasted with interpreting and/or real-time captions. Advertise contact information where additional requests can be made.