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Access Services Scheduling Office

Location: 14-1515
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.

Career-Focused Associate Degree Programs

If you take courses at NTID, faculty members will communicate directly with you using a variety of communication strategies, which may include sign language with voice, sign language without voice, spoken language (FM systems are available), fingerspelling, printed/visual aids, web-based instructional materials and individual tutoring.

In cases where a faculty member’s communication strategies do not appropriately meet your needs, you can request access services from the Department of Access Services for courses at NTID via the website.

As a student taking NTID courses, 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 advising and counseling services.

RIT Bachelor's Degree Programs

If you qualify to take courses in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology, Business, Computing and Information Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences and Technology, Art and Design, 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 will have access to a unique array of educational support services such as tutoring by experienced faculty tutors, personal and career counseling and academic advisers.


RIT has the largest staff of professional sign language interpreters of any college program in the world. Last year, RIT provided more than 152,000 hours of interpreting services. In addition to classroom interpreting, 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. The resulting class notes are uploaded to the web, so you can easily access them. Last year, RIT provided more than 62,000 hours of notetaking services for students.

Real-time Captioning Services

This service provides a comprehensive English text display of classroom lectures and discussion. Students read this text during class and may print it as a permanent record of class discussions. 

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 more than 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. 


Faculty tutors/advisers help answer your questions and clarify concepts and information taught in classes. They also provide academic advising, discuss programs and career goals with you, and help you plan your schedule, select classes and prepare for cooperative (co-op) work experiences.

Associate+Bachelor's Degree Programs

If you qualify for these programs, NTID instructors will use a variety of communication strategies to communicate directly with you in your courses. In cases where a faculty member’s communication strategies do not appropriately meet your needs, you can request access services from the Department of Access Services for courses at NTID via the website. For courses in your program that are taught by faculty members in RIT's eight mainstream colleges, you also may request access services. In addition, you can take advantage of educational support such as tutoring by experienced faculty tutors, career counseling and academic advising.

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.