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Interpreters/CART Writers

If you have a deaf or hard of hearing student enrolled in your course, Disability Resources may schedule a Sign Language Interpreter or Communication Access Real-Time (CART) writer to facilitate communication in your class.

Guidelines for Working with Interpreters/CART Writers:

  • Before classes begin, Disability Resources may inform you that a deaf student is enrolled and an interpreter/CART writer will be in your class.

Interpreters/CART writers:

  • Will introduce themselves to you and provide any information on the process or deafness in general
  • Follow the Code of Ethics where confidentiality is essential and strictly adhered to
  • Will discuss appropriate seating arrangements with you and the student
  • May not have a background in the course content. Any information you can provide regarding technical vocabulary is helpful
  • Have access to portable lights for occasions when films, slides, etc., are used
  • Should be informed when videos or films will be shown.  DRC can assist in accessing a closed-captioned version of videos
  • Will not provide service when the student does not attend class and will wait for a set length of time if a student is late for class

Working with an interpreter:

  • Speak directly to the student and not to the interpreter
  • When you ask a question or take class comments, allow additional time so the interpreter can interpret your message effectively
  • You may have more than one interpreter present if your class is over one hour in length or particularly challenging

Working with a Communication Access Real-Time (CART) writer:

  • CART writers are trained court writers who use a steno machine, laptop computer and software to record everything you say verbatim and in real-time.
  • At the conclusion of each class, the writer will provide a copy of the lecture text to the student.
  • This copy is for the student only and is not shared with other class members.

Additional Resources:

Orientation to Serving College Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing