Step 4: Choose the Accommodation
Communicating in Groups, Meetings, or Training
Group communication can be difficult for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Many accommodation ideas might be considered after addressing the communication needs of the individual and the type of information to be communicated.
In situations where the individual effectively benefits from amplification, an assistive listening device (ALD) might be used.
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may benefit from the use of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services during small and large group communication situations when verbatim conversation is essential to effective communication.
When word for word translation is not essential, computer-assisted note taking equipment might be used to provide effective communication during group settings. Computer-assisted note taking involves the use of a laptop or personal computer, standard word processing software and possibly a PC projector. A typist then serves as a note taker during the group activity.
A qualified sign language interpreter might be used during group situations. Interpreting services require notice of the need for services in advance and will charge by the hour. Some interpreting services offer remote interpreting as an option where the interpreter can be video-conferenced into the meeting.