- Facilitating Access: What Information Do Texas Postsecondary Institutions Provide on Accommodations and Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
- American Annals of the Deaf
- Gallaudet University Press
- Volume 153, Number 5, Winter 2009
- pp. 450-460
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Students who are deaf or hard of hearing often require accommodations in order to participate in essential functions of college life. Although federal law mandates access to campus activities, real access for these students varies by site. The present study investigated the level of access of students who are deaf or hard of hearing at Texas postsecondary institutions. These schools’ online accommodations policies were reviewed in fall 2006. A systematic review of published policies was used to summarize accommodations and services available for instruction, assessment, and campus life. About half of the 157 schools provided information online. Examples of classroom accommodations included note takers during class lectures and extra time for tests. Nonacademic services included referrals to community resources and course registration assistance. Results are discussed in the context of information that prospective students may need to make informed choices regarding postsecondary education.