Services for Students with Disabilities

ASL interpreters support students with hearing-related disabilities by listening in class and translating lectures and discussions into American Sign Language. They may also translate the student's signed communication into spoken English when the student is called upon, has a comment or question, or makes a presentation.

ASL interpreting services are scheduled by the Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) upon request from the student approved for the accommodation. A student with an ASL interpreting accommodation must submit their semester request through Accommodate. SSD will then follow up with the student regarding their request. If a student submits a request directly to an instructor of the course, the instructor should forward the request to ssdrequest@umich.edu with the student’s name and contact information.

The ASL interpreting service provider attending the class (remotely or in person) may need to work directly with the instructor and SSD to gain access to the course materials and become familiar with course content. All assignments and course-related information will be kept confidential. SSD covers the cost of ASL interpreting services for students approved for the accommodation.

While working with interpreters, it is the responsibility of the student to:

  • Provide SSD with at least 24-hour notice prior to the beginning of any class you will miss. This will allow reassignment of the interpreter.

  • Communicate with the ASL interpreter if you have questions or concerns regarding the services provided. 

  • If, after working with the ASL interpreter provider, you continue to have concerns regarding services being provided, contact your coordinator, or SSDrequest@umich.edu immediately. 

It is the responsibility of the interpreter to:

  • Follow the code of Ethics for Interpreters established by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

  • Inform SSD of any absence requiring a substitute ASL interpreter so we can make arrangements for that class to be covered.

  • Wait 20 minutes, if you know who your student is and they are not in attendance before you leave class.

Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART)

CART provides an instant translation of spoken English into written English text that is displayed on a laptop monitor, tablet, or cell phone. This allows the student to read what is being said during a class session; both lecture and discussion. 

Real-time captioning services are scheduled by the Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) upon request from the student approved for the accommodation. A student with a CART accommodation must submit their semester request through Accommodate. SSD will then follow up with the student regarding their request. If a student submits a request directly to an instructor of the course, the instructor should forward the request to ssdrequest@umich.edu with the student’s name and contact information.

The captioning service provider attending the class (remotely or in-person) may need to work directly with the instructor and SSD to gain access to the course materials and become familiar with course content. All assignments and course-related information will be kept confidential. SSD covers the cost of real-time captioning services for students approved for the accommodation.

While working with CART services, it is the student's responsibility to:

  • Communicate with SSD and the CART provider with at least 24-hour notice prior to the beginning of any class that will be missed. CART providers are only scheduled for classes in which you are in attendance.

  • Inform SSD and the CART provider of any changes to class schedules, including course drops/adds, classroom changes or additional review sessions, etc.

  • Communicate with the CART provider if you have questions or concerns regarding the services provided. 

  • If, after working with the CART provider, you continue to have concerns regarding services being provided, contact your coordinator, or SSDrequest@umich.edu immediately. 

CART provider's responsibility to:

  • Be punctual to obtain the best possible seating and set up equipment without interruption to the class.

  • Inform SSD of any absence requiring a substitute CART provider so we can make arrangements for that class to be covered.

  • Wait 20 minutes, if you know who your student is and they are not in attendance before you leave class.