Adapting Your School
To Adapt Your Workplace for a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Individual
A telecommunications device for the deaf that allows them to communicate
with another deaf individual directly or with a hearing person with the
assistance of a communications operator through the Virginia Relay Service
(this service is free).
Detector/Fire Alarm - will alert the deaf/hard of hearing person to
an activated alarm by flashing a light or by some other visual/sensory
means (amplified or sensory, or both). Your building may already
have a strobe light alerting device within the main fire alarm system if
it was installed recently.
Knocker - to be placed on a door to alert the deaf/hard of hearing
person that someone on the other side is knocking on the door by a flashing
instead of the doorbell emitting a chime, it will flash a specific light
to alert the individual someone is at the door.
are also amplified doorbells for the hard of hearing.
device for the phone - will flash a light to let the person know that
the phone is ringing
are also amplified ringers to let a hard of hearing person know the phone
phone - aimed specifically towards individuals with a mild to moderate
hearing loss to allow them to better understand individuals over the phone
by amplifying sound. There are also portable amplifying devices for
the phone as well.
amplifier ESTIMATED price: $12-$45
System/Infrared System - to be used in conference and meeting settings
to allow the deaf/hard of hearing individual to better understand the speaker
or speakers during a presentation by amplifying sound through a microphone
directly to the individual. There are numerous types of devices that
employ different methods to use for different situations.
interpretor: a screened or certified individual that will use
American Sign Language to interpret and relay all that is being said
a screened or certified individual that uses cued speech to interpret and
relay all that is being said
COST: $20 - $37.50 per hour
Stands for Computer Assisted Real Time. This method uses a stenographer
and computer laptop to provide real time (live) captioning and transcripts
of what is being said word for word. This service is provided by
Stands for Computer Assisted Notetaker. Basically, it?s an individual
that will sit next to the deaf or hard of hearing individual and types
notes for them to follow. It is not word or word, rather it is a
summary of what is being said, just as a notetaker would. This method
can employ a professional or any individual that is proficient in this
type of notetaking by simply using a laptop computer.
COST: $85 per hour *Ballpark figure* (CAN tends to be cheaper
and the cost depends on the company employed and service required)
They can be set on vibrate to alert the deaf/hard of hearing person that
someone wants to get in touch with them. There are various types
of pagers available including those that receive messages. Can be
very helpful for those who do not answer the phone and a customer wants
to get in touch with the individual.
Electronic mail is a very effective way of sending information back and
forth without the added cost of paper. In some cases, it?s considered
more effective than using the Relay.
Machine: Simple way of getting information back and forth without
the hassle of the phone and provides a hard copy of communications.
of the above are estimates. Several of the alerting systems can be
combined into one unit to allow for just one purchase to serve numerous
purposes. There are numerous options available for every need.
The best thing to do is order catalogs and decide which is best for your
employee on an individual basis since every individual has a different
hearing loss and adapts accordingly. Contact your local service provider
for the deaf and hard of hearing for more information and talk to your
employee to ensure they are getting the appropriate assistance.**
To Use Technology to Adapt Your Counseling for Hard of Hearing Individuals
disAbility Resource Center has technology for loan through the Virginia
Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) Technology Assistance Program.
We have enclosed a listing of different vendors where the below equipment
may be purchased. The listing are from VDDHH and also Self Help for Hard
of Hearing National. Please feel free to come in and try the equipment
and receive training. We have a Demonstration Site through VDDHH.
If you have any questions please call us as we have catalogs that you can
look through. We do not sell any equipment but we are there for you
for information, training, and referrals.
Computer/ Lap top computer - can be used for communications especially
for the late deafened adult who has no lipreading skills or does not use
American Sign Language. It is a variable tool for those that have good
reading skills. This can also be used for those that cannot speechread
or lipread and do not get good results from the use of the hearing aid
or the cochlear implant.
and paper - Found in all offices and easy to use.
- Found in all offices and easy to use.
Relay - Service that enables TTY users to communicate with non-TTY
users by way of a communication assistant. Special phone number is used
to reach the communication assistant. Every state in the U.S. has a relay
A telecommunications device for the deaf that allows you to communicate
with another deaf or hard of hearing individual directly. TTY
can be used for communications especially for the late deafened adult who
has no lipreading skills or does not use American Sign Language.
It is a variable tool for those that have good reading skills. This
can also be used for those that cannot speechread or lipread and do not
get good results from the use of the hearing aid or the cochlear implant.
- This system allows counselor to speak to your client. It is optimal for
one on one conversations, in small groups, or when listening to a video
tape that might be used in counseling. Any one that is speaking must make
use of the microphone in speaking for the clients to be able to understand.
It can be used for the individual that has never addressed their hearing
loss or a clients with that make use of a hearing aid. It is also important
to have available for that clients that uses a hearing aid and their battery
dies and they do not have a replacement.
price: $120 -$180
System/Infrared System - This can be used in group counseling and individuals
meeting with clients to allow the hard of hearing individual to better
understand the counselor or the psychologist during a presentation by amplifying
sound through a microphone directly to the individual. There are
numerous types of devices that employ different methods to use for different
Videos or DVDs - If videos are ever used for counseling of your clients with
hearing loss they must be captioned. There is a great need for professional
to advocate with companies that this is critical.
price: Just the cost of the video or DVD itself.
of the above are estimates. There are numerous options available
for every need. The best thing to do is order catalogs and decide
which is best for your counseling situation. Remember every individual
with hearing loss is different and it is important to ask them what they
need for the best communications. Contact your local service provider for
the deaf and hard of hearing for more information and talk to your staff
to ensure they are getting the appropriate assistance.**
and for more information contact :
disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area, Inc.
Progress Street - Fredericksburg VA 22401
(Voice or Relay)