Auxiliary Aids/Services

  1. Interpreter Services
  2. Note Taker/Scribe Services
  3. Reader Services
  4. Tutoring Services
  5. Equipment

1. Interpreter Services

Interpreter services, such as American Sign Language, Signed English, or Oral Interpreting services of professional, certified sign language interpreters will be provided on the basis describe below for all course related activties (e.g., class sessions, meetings with faculty, or required attendance at out-of-class related activties), when the provision of such services is determined to be a reasonable accommodation. Documentation of the need for such services must be provided to the ADA Cooridnators, and requests for interpreter must be made at least one month before classes begin, due to the limited availablity of interpreters. Availablity of professional interpreters could prevent or complicate the provision of interpreter services.

Interpreter services may also be provided for campus-wide/College-sponsored events when feasible, and if such sercies are requested in a timely fashion. A written justification for the request must be submitted to the ADA Cooridnators.

Students who are eligible for funding for interpreter services from the vocational rehabilitation agency in their home state are encouraged to seek such funding for class interpretation. If such funding is unavailable, if the student does not wish to seek it, or if the full costos fo fundingi are not available through the state, Middlebury College will assume the differential expense or expense of interpreter services for teh course-related actitvies of matriculated students. Interpreter costs for campus events are the responisibility of the sponsoring department or group and should be budgeted in event planning.

Qualifying students will ordinarily be provided with one interpreter for classes less than two hours in duration. For classes two hours or more in duration, two interpreters will ordinarily be provided. Interpreters working alone in classes over one hour in duration must be provided at least a ten minute break mid-session by the faculty. Faculty may need to take such break time into consideration in course planning. When possible students and instructors should plan meeting times and discussion group sessions immediately before or after classes wehn interpreters are available. The ADA Coordinators will provide faculty with information about the interpreting process before each semester.

2. Note Taker/Scribe Services

Note-takers from amoung the other students enrolled in a course will be sought to assist students with motor, hearing, emotional, processing, or other disabilities, when the provision of such service is determined by Student Accessibility Services to be a reasonable accommodation. The arrangements will be made by the ADA Coordinators and the note-takers will be introduced confidentially to the student for whom the service is provided. The College will provide the note-taker with compensation in consideration of the services rendered. Student Accessibility Services will also arrange for the provision of scribes for course examinations, when such services are requested in a timely manner, and when such services have been determined by Student Accessibility Services to be a reasonable accommodation.

Where a particular accommodation results in a verbatim transcription of a classroom lecture or presentation, students should recognize that such lectures or presentations are the intellectual property of the individual professor, Middlebury College, and/or both, and taht the copying, publication, or distrobution of transcripts to anyone, without prior written approval of the College and the professor, is prohibited.

3. Reader Services

Reader services will be provided for students with reading, visual, visual processing, or other disabilities, when deemed a reasonable accommodation. Textbooks in audio formats, when available, will be supplied from national alternative format libraries or will be created by paid student workers. When appropriate, students will be provided with readers for exams, when requested in a timely manner. There arrangements will be made by the course instructor and Student Accessibility Services and will be paid for by Student Accessibility Services.

4. Tutoring Service

Middlebury College does not provide individual tutorial assistance tailored to the specific needs of students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. The COllege does provide peer tutors through the Office of Learning Resources for the benefit of all students, with and without disabilities. Auxiliary services such as interpreters, etc., will be provided in connection with a student's use of peer tutoring if deemed by Student Accessibility Services to be a reasonable accommodation.

5. Equipment

The College will provide reasonable modifications of equipment utilized by students for class and study activities. Auxiliary equipment needed by students for classrom use will be made available upon request to the ADA Coordinators when such aids are determined to be a reasonable accommodation. Personal equipment such as tape recorders, hearing aids, etc., are the responsibility of the student.