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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Accommodations


The mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is to provide necessary accommodations to assure all campus programs and services are accessible to enrolled UMBC students with disabilities. Interpreting, transliteration, transcription, note taking and assistive listening devices are all services that could be provided to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

Sign Language Interpreting– A sign language interpreter is a trained qualified professional who facilitates communication between hearing and deaf individuals who use American Sign Language.

Cued Speech Transliteration – Cued Speech is a “visual mode of communication in which mouth movements of speech combine with ‘cues’ to make the sounds (phonemes) of traditional spoken languages” (NCSA homepage). It involves conveying spoken language to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have communication disorders. UMBC Student Disability Services provides communication services and transliterators to those students who use Cued Speech.

Transcription – Transcription is the written form of spoken language. Transcription services involve “the instant translation of the spoken word into English text” using devices such as notebook computers and realtime software (NAD website).  UMBC’s transcription services provide students with access to a written form of English.

Note-Taking –  Note taking assistance is often necessary for students with disabilities to have a record of lectures for future study and review. UMBC can  provide peer note-takers for deaf and hard of hearing students to access information that is discussed in classes.

All services provided to deaf and hard of hearing UMBC students are coordinated through SDS’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator, Michael Canale. For more information please contact:

Additional Resources:

Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH), – Provides expertise related to deaf and hard of hearing issues to Maryland citizens and to facilitate their ability of access resources and services, information and offers resources related to deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Maryland.

Pepnet 2 Deaf and Hard of Hearing, – Increases the educational, career and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as information about increasing outcomes for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

National Cued Speech Association (NCSA), – Champions effective communication, language development and literacy through the use of Cued Speech in addition to providing information and resources concerning communication, language and education needs.

National Association of the Deaf – – Preserves, protects, and promotes the civil, human and linguistic rights and laws of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.