Accommodations and Support Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Participants

Sign language interpreter at poster session

          For almost a decade, we have encouraged deaf and hard-of-hearing students to participate in our summer REU program. We have been pleased to host students whose home institutions include Gallaudet University and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). We would like to include more deaf and hard-of-hearing students, regardless of their current undergraduate institution. These students have engaged in all aspects of the program, and like all participants they have made significant scientific contributions.  Each year, at the outset of the program members of the Microbiology department and larger community have been invited to workshops such as “Working Together: Deaf and Hearing People,” presented by experts from RIT. These workshops and our combined experiences over the last several years have helped us develop an inclusive environment. We have had positive feedback from former deaf and hard-of-hearing participants, and we would be pleased to put potential applicants in touch with former participants to facilitate additional communication about any issues of concern. We hope to continue tapping into the talented pool of deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists, and we will continue to strive to make our department a welcoming and productive work environment for all participants. Specific housing and other accommodations are enumerated below, and we would be pleased to discuss any additional issues with prospective applicants.

 

Residence Hall Accommodations

  • Separate phone line for TTY
  • TTY device loaned out from the Disability Resource Center
  • Access to high-speed internet for connecting to videophones
  • Flashing fire alarm installed in room
  • Flashing doorbell alert signal
  • Peephole in door

Support Services

  • American Sign Language Interpreters
  • Assistance listening devices (ALD) available for loan
  • Laptop computer loaned from Microbiology Department for note-taking communications, etc.
  • Easel/poster board presentation aids
  • E-text or print versions of seminar materials for advance reading

Local audiologist/hearing clinic available:
Dr. G’Anne Thomas, Au.D
Athens Hearing Clinic
1077 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 549-3111