Providing Dual Accommodations

At times, deaf people may need more than one accommodation in order to gain full access to information. Often referred to as dual accommodations, this arrangement can be used in many different settings.

On campus, dual accommodations are used in many different ways, including for courses with highly technical and complex content, in testing or dissertation situations, or for campus-wide events.

Requests for dual accommodations should be considered on a case-by-case basis and centered on the deaf person’s experience and challenges. For example, some students may rely on speech-to-text services for lecture-based content and interpreting services to participate in discussions.

When deciding to use dual accommodations for effective communication, ensure the student is aware that:

There are different access options available.

  • Accommodations can be provided simultaneously or different accommodations can be provided for different settings.
  • Accommodations can be adjusted or changed over time.
Nida explains her experience requesting dual accommodations for law school. The challenges she faced are not uncommon for deaf students who need more than one accommodation. Read full video description.

For more information, review Dual Accommodations: Interpreters and Speech-to-Text Services.

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