Auxiliary aid services

Auxiliary aid services provides eligible students who need alternative or additional support with "real-time" communication access and notes; including but not limited to assistive listening devices, interpreters, and audio recording devices. It is essential that students meet with a DRC counselor and complete the online auxiliary aid request form well in advance of the first day of classes to ensure timely and appropriate placement of services.

Requesting auxiliary aid services

Steps required for a new DRC student:

  • Meet with a DRC counselor to be approved for auxiliary aid services.
  • Please bring documentation of your disability to the intake appointment.

Steps required for new AND continuing DRC student:

  • Students are required to fill out their accommodation requests in the DRC Student Portal, located on the DRC's home page.
  • In order to ensure timely & appropriate placement of services, please submit requests at least 4-6 weeks prior to the start of semester classes.
  • Contact the DRC office with any updates or changes to class schedules IN ADVANCE to the start of semester classes.
  • During first two weeks of classes, provide the DRC with syllabi for all classes.
  • Throughout the semester notify the DRC (784-6000) in advance of any class cancellations, either by the student or the instructor.
  • Remember, 24-hour notice should be given for all class cancellations.

Please feel free to call or click here to contact the DRC with any questions or to request a demonstration of one of the auxiliary aid services.

Types of Auxiliary Aid Services

  • Typewell

    TypeWell is a speech to text transcription system that provides real-time communication access to students who need alternative or additional support. TypeWell differs from traditional captioning services as it is meaning for meaning, not word for word. This means that the transcriber condenses the language used while maintaining the full meaning intended by the speaker.

  • How Typewell Works

    The transcriber uses a laptop installed with abbreviation software to transcribe lectures and discussions. The student reads the full transcript without abbreviations from a second "reader" laptop. These two laptops are linked via a wireless card; therefore, the student does not have to sit right next to the transcriber. After class is finished, the transcriber will save the lecture and edit the notes for spelling mistakes or any other comments that need to be deleted. The transcriber will then email the notes to the student within 24 hours.

  • Interpreters

    An interpreter's role is to facilitate communication and convey all auditory and signed information so that both hearing and deaf individuals may fully interact. The common types of services provided by interpreters are:

    1. American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation - a visual-gestural language with its own linguistic features.
    2. Sign Language Transliteration - sign language and mouth movements using elements of ASL and English.
    3. Oral Transliteration - silent repetition of spoken English
    4. Cued Speech Transliteration - speech movements of English supported by handshapes and hand placements.

    All of these services may also require the interpreter to "voice" for the student who is deaf and does not use his or her own voice. The interpreter will vocally express in English what is signed, mouthed, or cued by the student.