Guiding Institutional Policy
The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal educational and employment opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities. It is the University’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from consideration for employment, participation in any University program or activity, be denied the benefits of any University program or activity, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination with regard to any University program or activity. This policy derives from the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination for all persons in employment, academic programs, and access to facilities, programs, activities, and services.
The Accommodations Process
UCIS engages in an interactive process with each d/Deaf or hard of hearing person requesting accommodations at the University to develop an individualized that suits their varied academic, professional, and social needs for effective communication access.
We give primary consideration to the individual's preferred means of access and language profile. We will also consider the nature, format, content, and logistics of the event or interaction when developing a comprehensive access plan with the individual.
Communication Access Services
Sign Language Interpreting
Sign language interpreters, often working in teams, facilitate communication between d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people by transmitting spoken languages into signed languages and vice versa.
Live captioning, sometimes called realtime transcription or CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), is a type of speech-to-text service in which qualified professionals transcribe spoken language and auditory information into text in real-time. These service providers are often referred to as captionists, transcriptionists, reporters, or CART providers. Live captioning can be provided on-site or remotely. Captions can be "open" or "closed."
Captioning and Transcription Services
Captioning or transcription services convert speech and audio information of multimedia content into a textual equivalent. Captions are time-synced and integrated into multimedia content, while transcriptions provide the text in full separately from the multimedia content.
Assistive Listening Systems
Assistive listening systems (ALSs), like FM systems, are small, discrete devices used to increase the clarity of targeted audio signals, like a speaker's voice, by simultaneously amplifying the target sound and eliminating extraneous noise.
Other auxiliary aids, academic, residential, or workplace accommodations may be necessary for participation in University-related activities. These can be coordinated by the assigned Disability Service Professional in the CSD (for students), the HR ADA Case Manager (for faculty and staff), or the Deputy ADA Coordinator (for visitors and guests).