Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Interpreting, transliteration, transcription services, note-taking and assistive listening devices are all services that could be provided to accommodate and ensure access and participation for Deaf and/or hard-of-hearing students at UMBC.

All services provided to Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHOH) UMBC students are coordinated through SDS’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator, Michael Canale. For more information and questions, please feel free to contact us at 

Individuals may contact the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator at any time during the semester when assistance is needed.



All new incoming or transfer DHOH students seeking to implement academic or housing accommodations should start the SDS registration process as outlined on our requesting services webpage at Please note in your registration request if an ASL interpreter is being requested for your initial intake meeting. We have both Webex and in-person intake meetings available.

Please request and register for SDS services upon acceptance at UMBC, so we can ensure appropriate access services are in place for Orientation.

Interpreting Requests

Students: UMBC’s Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) is able to coordinate interpreters/transcribers and/or related services for all Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. A minimum of 2 business days notice (ideally a week) are needed to fulfill interpreting requests. If you are an SDS registered student seeking an interpreter for an event/meeting outside of your class times, such as attending a a tutoring session, please complete the interpreter request form:

Interpreter/Transcriber Form for UMBC Students.


Visitors/Guests: UMBC campus visitors who need an interpreter or transcriber should make their request known to the department they will be visiting at least 2 weeks in advance. UMBC departments needing an interpreter or transcriber (or related DHOH services), meaning they have been notified of a request for an interpreter (or if they are planning for a public event that needs an interpreter), should coordinate with SDS 2 weeks in advance by completing the interpreter department request form. Please note that SDS can assist in the coordination of an events’ DHOH access needs, however, the costs associated with supplying interpreters or captioning/transcription for events will be the responsibility of the hosting department.

Interpreter Request Form for Departments/Events.


Sign Language Interpreting

Cued Speech Transliteration

Transcription Services

Captioning Services 


Additional Resources:

Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH),

Pepnet 2 Deaf and Hard of Hearing,

National Cued Speech Association (NCSA),

National Association of the Deaf –

National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers – 

Take Control of Your Online Learning –