ADA Compliance: Classroom Installations to Accommodate Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Students

Over the past several months, Classroom Technology Services (CTS) has been installing assistive-listening systems and Closed-Captioning (CC) capabilities into the 115 general assignment classrooms in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic year, 39 classrooms should be outfitted with assistive-listening systems, and all 115 classrooms should have either built-in CC capabilities or devices on hand that can easily be installed upon demand for CC viewing. So far, 10 classrooms have been equipped with infrared (IR) assistive-listening emitter systems. Receivers are issued to individual students through the Student Disability Center and are adapted to fit each student's particular need. Additionally, CTS has installed DVD players capable of providing Closed-Captioning (CC) capability in 45 classrooms. The classroom-installed VCRs do not have CC decoder capability, but CTS has acquired devices that can be installed upon request to provide Closed-Captioning for videotape playback. These devices can be provided for a single class period and then removed after the class is completed or left installed for longer term requirements. Information regarding all general assignment classrooms, including those that are equipped to accommodate deaf and hearing-impaired students, is available at