Communication Access Options
An important element to understand is that accommodations and service providers you received in high school are not always 100% guaranteed at a post-secondary institution, even if you have provided documentation. The sooner you register with the Accessibility Services office, the better chance you have to secure a service provider. Reasons for this include:
- Not suitable for the class content (e.g., Latin) or structure (e.g., labs).
- Insufficient evidence to support the requested accommodation.
- Limited resources – service providers are in high demand and they may not always be available.
The information below will help you work through the many options for accommodations. It is important to consider how various accommodations may assist you in different learning environments and in different aspects of your studies.
Types of Accommodations
Types of Communication Access Services
Communication Access Real-Time captioning (CART), TypeWell transcribing or Registered Sign Language Interpreting (RSLI) services can be provided onsite or remotely. Discuss with your Accessibility Advisor which option: CART or Typewell, on-site or remote, is available and best suits your needs.
Here is a video with some information that was discussed a little bit, in the Rights and Responsibilities Module 2 and the section on communicating with your service provider. This video explains in more detail, working with a Registered Sign Language Interpreter at college or university.
On-site: the service provider will be attending the class, sitting/standing in a designated area as arranged between the both of you.
Remote: the service provider will be elsewhere (possibly halfway across the country) listening in to the instructor (who wears a microphone). A solid internet connection is needed to relay the text or sign language interpretation to your computer screen.
To better understand the different text-based services of TypeWell and CART for your communication access, see the two videos below:
CART and TypeWell are two distinct speech-to-text communication access services. CART provides a verbatim transcript of what a speaker is saying, whereas TypeWell provides a more condensed, meaning-based set of notes. You will receive the transcript 24 hours after the class.CART will have a much longer transcript:
- Up to 10 pages for a 1-hour class
Typewell has a shorter transcript:
- Typically averages 3 to 4 pages for a 1-hour class.
Here is a video lecture sample (3:37-8:07) “Introduction to Psychology”
This lecture was used to provide a transcript sample for both CART and TypeWell. Take a look at the transcripts below and think about how they would support your communication access.Lecture transcripts:
18JA31PCAS Prof Bloom Transc CART.docx
18JA31PCAS Prof Bloom Transc TypeWell.docx.