Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

Supporting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

A hearing impairment can range from profound (deaf) to moderate or mild (hard of hearing). To communicate, students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing may use a variety of communication methods including hearing aids, lip reading, an FM/Digital system, sign language, interpreters, and/or Real Time captioning.


Speak directly to the student, not the interpreter.


E-mail or a telecommunication device (TDD/TTY) can be used to send messages to students.

Lip Reading

If the student reads lips, make sure you face the student when you speak and speak naturally and clearly.

Overhead Projectors

Overhead projectors provide visual backup and allow presenters to face the audience when speaking.

Video Materials

Verify that any videos used in your class or program are closed captioned.

Written Materials

Whenever possible provide a written script or outline of lectures/presentations and key vocabulary in advance.

For Additional Assistance:

Please call 206-296-5740, email, or visit Disability Services in Loyola 100.