The Office of Disability Access works to provide reasonable access and an inclusive environment to UNT students who identify as d/Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard-of-Hearing. Reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to the following:
- American Sign Language Interpreters
- CART Services
- Closed Captioning for information presented in an audio or video format
- Advanced copies of PowerPoints or Handouts
- Reserved seat in the front of the class
- Assistive listening devices
Students who identify as d/Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard-of-Hearing may access services by submitting an ODA Registration form along with their most recent Audiogram. Students may also submit a Certificate of Deafness/Tuition Waiver from the State of Texas if eligibility has been determined by the Department of Health and Human Services. Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis and factor in each student’s request, documentation from a qualified healthcare provider, and history.
Service providers are assigned for classes after a qualified student fills out a Semester Request for service providers. Service Providers for academic related activities or events may also be requested. Accommodations for University or Non-Academic event (lectures, events, extra-curricular) should be requested through the hosting department.
d/Deaf Connect - A program for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing students that was established to provide community necessary for our students to thrive both culturally and academically. This program meets periodically throughout each semester with meetings varying from chat sessions to informational meetings from UNT Campus Resource offices. This program has been helpful in introducing incoming d/Deaf and Hard of hearing students to fellow students, the UNT campus and various campus resources.
Requesting Interpreters and Real-Time Captioning (CART) Service Providers
Service Provider Requests for Student Courses and Academic Support Services
ODA provides, assists in locating, and pays for course and academic support services for a student with a disability who is:
- Enrolled at UNT, either full-time or part-time, on either a credit or an audit basis
- Officially registered with the ODA and approved for the accommodation
These service provider requests must be submitted to the ODA a minimum of 3 business days prior to the assignment. For requests made less than 24 hours before any assignment, that department may be charged an urgent request fee.
Service Provider Requests for Departmental Programs, Services, and University Events (Custom Requests)
ODA supports access for the University Community by providing American Sign Language Interpreters and/or Real-Time captioning services at public and non-academic events. The goal is to create an inclusive University environment that provides equal access to the University’s programs and services.
Service Providers may be requested for any on-campus UNT activity that is open to students or the public such as plays, lectures, student organization meetings, etc. A request may be made by completing a request through one of the links below by the Program Coordinators.
- Program coordinators/department representatives that do not have AIM login credentials: AIM Interpreter/CART Service Request
- Program Coordinators/department representatives that have AIM login credentials: AIM Interpreter/CART Service Request - Login Required
Interpreter requests for events lasting longer than 2 hours may require a team of interpreters. Requests for Service providers in the University, non-academic setting must be submitted 2 weeks in advance to ensure service provider availability. The requesting department will be billed the full amount after the service has been provided. All requests must be cancelled within two full business days during normal business hours. The department making the request may be responsible for any charges if cancellation occurs less than two full business days.
Auxiliary offices of the University will be responsible for the scheduling and payment of services in the event that a Service Provider is requested. Auxiliary offices are those offices that charge an additional fee for services above the fees included in students’ tuition and fees.
In order to use the FM loop while maintaining CDC recommended social distancing standards, a student can be checked out an FM loop which includes a Conference Table Microphone Adapter. This can be set up using the following steps:
- Connect the included microphone to the included transmitter. These are both included in the FM Loop kit that is checked out from ODA
- Place the Conference table Microphone adapter in the desired location on the desk near the instructor.
- Insert the microphone into the hole in the middle of the conference table microphone adapter
- Turn the microphone on (this is indicated by a green light at the top of the transmitter.
- The transmitter and microphone can be placed anywhere on the desk, but needs to be tested to make sure it is connected with the receiver which the student will be wearing.
There is a picture example below of what it should look like when set up correctly.
FM Loops are checked out to students by ODA and with the explained set up, the faculty or staff member should not need to touch any of the equipment.
The TM-10 conference table microphone adapter adds a whole new dimension to the versatile AT-216 personal assistive listening system. Simply inserting the lapel microphone into the TM-10 transforms the microphone into a table-top conference microphone emphasizing the frequencies that enhance speech clarity