Planning for accommodations that facilitate full participation in a student’s education and campus life experience can be complex and multi-faceted. A Deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind student requesting services for accessibility is required to present documentation such as medical and educational reports. Ideally it will include an audiological report outlining the daily functional limitations in an educational setting and specify accommodations that will address these, such as whether or not an amplification device is recommended for example.
If the student is applying for a Canada Study Grant, this information is required on the Ministry’s Verification of Permanent Disability form.
The audiological report is a medical diagnosis of hearing loss based upon an internationally agreed upon standards. However, decibel losses do not always correlate to a student’s communication needs. It should never be the sole criterion for a determination of support services.
Other factors to be considered would include:
The Audiologist can be a key resource as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess and to determine the needs of the student.
The Audiologist can:
Accommodations are intended to level the playing field so that all students have the opportunity to develop the same skills and abilities expected of all students.(NEADS report)
To conduct your own assessment of the student’s needs, refer to Questions for Potential Providers of Captioning Services