Access & Support Services
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Access Services Scheduling Office
Phone: (585) 475-6281
RIT provides one of the most accessible education communities in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Here are just a few examples of the services that support your success.
RIT Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs
Instruction with Access and Support Services: If you qualify to take courses in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, Business, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology, Imaging Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts or Science, RIT will provide the educational access services you need. You can choose from among sign language interpreting services, FM systems, notetaking, or real-time captioning services by contacting the Department of Access Services. Alternative services also may be provided. You also have access to a unique array of educational support services such as tutoring by experienced faculty tutors, personal and career counseling and academic advising.
RIT has the largest staff of professional sign language interpreters of any college program in the world. Last year, RIT provided nearly 130,000 hours of interpreting services. In addition to classroom interpreters, you also may request interpreting services for non-academic activities such as athletic events, religious services, student government meetings, guest presentations and other student life activities.
Trained student notetakers record information during class or laboratory lectures, discussions and multimedia presentations. Class notes then are placed on the Web, so you can easily access them. Last year, RIT provided nearly 67,000 hours of notetaking services for students.
Real-time Captioning Services
This service uses C-Print® captionists to provide a thorough English text display of classroom lectures and discussion. Students read this text during class and receive access to review or print it as permanent class notes.
Personal FM Systems
FM services are available through the Department of Communication Studies and Services (CSS) at NTID. You can borrow an FM system at any time. For more information, please contact CSS. To request an FM system, please stop by the Hearing Aid Shop, Johnson (LBJ) Hall 60-3130, or contact the CSS chairperson.
FM Systems Installed in Venues at RIT
FM systems are installed in over 30 venues at RIT, including general classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums and theaters. Signage outside the venue indicates that there is a system present and informs the user where the receivers can be obtained (e.g. box office, sound control booth, HelpDesk). Receivers are loaned free of charge; users are required to leave a driver's license or picture ID. A list of venues is available on the CSS webpage.
Faculty tutors working on a one-to-one basis or in a group format help answer your questions and clarify concepts and information taught in classes.
Associate+Bachelor's Degree Programs
If you qualify for these programs, instructors will communicate directly with you using a variety of communication strategies, which may include sign language, spoken language, fingerspelling, printed/visual aids, Web-based instructional materials and individual tutoring in the courses in your program that are taught by faculty members at NTID, and you may request access services for the courses in your program that are taught by faculty members in RIT’s eight other colleges. You also may take advantage of educational support such as tutoring by experienced faculty tutors, career counseling and academic advising.
Career-Focused Associate-Level Programs
Direct Instruction: If you take courses at NTID, faculty members will facilitate communication in the classroom and will communicate directly with you using a variety of communication strategies, which may include sign language, spoken language (FM systems are available), fingerspelling, printed/visual aids, Web-based instructional materials and individual tutoring.
You will have access to a state-of-the-art learning center staffed by professional and peer tutors. An assigned counselor will work closely with you to help you plan your collegiate experience and provide you with personal, social, career and academic counseling services.
Master of Science Program in Secondary Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MSSE)
If you enroll in the MSSE program, faculty will communicate with you using sign language and speech in small, personalized classes.