Deaf Services Counseling/Advising
In order to provide equal communication access for d/Deaf and hard of hearing students at Bakersfield College, the Deaf Services Coordinator/Advisor is fluent in American Sign Language. This allows students using manual communication as their primary method of communication access and opportunity to have educational advising without having to use a sign language interpreter to communicate.
Services include assistance with assessment, matriculation, registration, financial aid, orientation, academic standing, etc. The Deaf Services Coordinator/Advisor will also assist the student in identifying accommodations appropriate for specific levels of hearing loss and act as an advocate/educator in case of inappropriate situations, problems, or discrimination involving communication access at Bakersfield College.
Real Time Captioning
Realtime Captioners attend class with the deaf or hard of hearing students and type the spoken word on a steno machine. This process instantly creates English text an a laptop computer placed on the desk in front of the student so that he/she can see what is being said in the classroom. Non-oral students have the option of utilizing the keyboard to ask questions. These questions are read aloud by the captioner.
This process meets the ADA requirement for equal communication access for deaf and hard of hearing persons, and is especially suited for those who do not use sign language or other types of manual communication as their primary method of communication.