College Bound: Tips for Hard-of-Hearing Students
Once you retrieve your high school diploma, what’s next? The college-planning process for a hard-of-hearing person doesn’t need to be a huge hassle. In fact, there are a variety of options available to you in the college and university systems.
Keep the following in mind when you begin your hunt for the ideal school.
Selecting a college
No matter your priorities in settings and surroundings, you can rest assured that colleges and universities in the United States should be equipped to meet your needs. You can select a school that is specially designed for students with hearing impairments. If you desire a student body made up of fellow students with similar impairments, seek out post-secondary schools for the deaf. If you’d rather be amongst a more diverse student body, contact your schools of choice to ask about their support services and accommodations – these are things that every school should have in order.
Colleges and universities, whether they’re tailored to hard-of-hearing students or not, have support services available. Classroom signers and note-taking support should be available to you. Talk to your school’s administration about who its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance officer is to talk about your options.
Whether it’s schools specifically designed for deaf or hard-of-hearing students or national organizations or endowments with available funds, there is a variety of financial-aid options available to prospective students in need. Just make sure to find scholarship whose stipulations match your level of impairment. Check out organizations such as Sertoma or the Alexander Graham Bell Association for scholarship information.
When it comes to classroom accommodations, it never hurts to talk to you professors and instructors ahead of time. Stop in during their office hours to discuss anything you might need – from face-to-face lecturing for the sake of lip-reading to any audio technology needs you may have.
Getting a college education is a possibility for you, no matter the level of your hearing impairment. Decide what matters most to you and pick a school that best fits your wants and needs.
Posted by NJAdmin on Mar 29, 2016