Assistive listening device (ALD)

Some students who are hard of hearing may require an assistive listening device. Each device is different. In most cases, unless there is an audio system in the room that has a built in ALD, the instructor will be required to wear a small device with a microphone so that the student can hear. It will be important for the instructor to repeat any comments from other members of the class.

Assistive Technology (laptop, notetaking device)

There is a variety of assistive technology available to students with disabilities. Some students may need to type their tests on a computer with or without special software. In some cases, students may use their own computer and in other cases, they may need to use a computer on campus. DSS also has some laptops available for testing purposes. If you have questions about this, please contact DSS.

Closed Captioned Videos

Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing will need to have all videos shown in class to have captioning. If the copy being shown is not captioned, please contact DSS to determine what needs to be done to have the video captioned or to look for alternative solutions prior to the time of the class.


DSS will loan some AT equipment to students (e.g., assistive listening devices (ALDs), SmartPens, Digital Recorders, etc.). Students will have to sign a loan agreement with DSS in order to check out the equipment; this agreement will include a specific return date. If the student does not return the equipment in a timely manner or returns the equipment in a broken state beyond repair, the student will be responsible for the cost of the equipment. In these instances, students are first reminded 3 times to return the equipment. If the equipment is not returned or returned in a broken state beyond repair, DSS will provide instructions to the student on how to repay the equipment amount owed through Cardinal Cash on their Cardinal Card with the Dean of Students. If the student does not pay the fine, a hold will be placed on their Cardinal Station account.