Communication Access: Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Jennifer Hopper, Yakima Valley College

Gretchen Rumsey-Richardson, Western Washington University

Susanne Weatherly, Everett Community College

LaRonda Zupp, Washington State University – Vancouver

Presentation Description

Deaf people are a highly diverse population with a wide range of communication preferences, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and additional abilities that shape their interactions with their environment. It is important to recognize that many deaf individuals refer to themselves as being members of the Deaf community and ascribe to Deaf culture.

Join us to learn about Deaf and hard of hearing culture and the accommodations needed to ensure they have access. We will be sharing about communication accommodation needs, like ASL interpreters, speech to text captionists, and Deafblind interpreting. Lastly, we recognize that technology has come a long way but does not meet accommodation requirements, though it can still be good to know about. We will make you aware of some technology options that can be helpful.