We're glad that you're considering UVU as the place where you'll pursue your educational goals. Whether it's your first time in college or you're transferring here, we want to help you understand how to use the services that are available in the Office of Accessibility Services.

Step 1: Schedule an Appointment

In order to determine eligibility for, and to receive Deaf and Hard of Hearing accommodative services, you must do the following:

For Interpreting Services – Available by Phone or Text
Contact: Nicole Hemmingsen Nicole.hemmingsen@uvu.edu (385)208-2677

For Speech-to-text/Captioning
Contact: Jason McKenna jason.mckenna@uvu.edu (385)208-2990

Step 2: Complete an Intake Packet

Complete the online OAS Application Form prior to appointment.

OAS NEW STUDENT APPLICATION

Step 3: Provide Documentation

Obtain and bring an audiogram. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation from a licensed professional to the Office of Accessibility Services. An audiogram is usually sufficient. Documentation may be submitted at the time of appointment or emailed to AccessibilityServices@uvu.edu. It may also be faxed to 801-863-8377. Documentation should be from a licensed professional (i.e. a medical doctor or audiologist).

Services

  • American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting
  • Cued Language Transliteration
  • Signed Exact English transliteration (SEE)
  • Speech-to-Text Services (TypeWell): This is live captioning in the classroom. A device sits on your desk while you read in real time what is being said. Some of our students read everything from the device, while others only glance down when they miss something.
  • Assisted Listening Devices or FM Systems: The professor wears a microphone that transmits to an earpiece in your year. This enables you to hear the professor more clearly.
  • Peer Note-Taking: Notes will be provided to you by another student who is in the same class.

Counselor helping a student complete paperwork

FAQs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Do I register for classes myself or do I register with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)?

Students may register for classes themselves or meet with an academic advisor. After registering for classes, students can set up services with the Office of Accessibility Services.

What if my audiogram is old?

Newer documentation is preferred. If you have older documentation, meet with the Office of Accessibility Services to determine if the documentation is sufficient.

When is the deadline for requesting services for classes?

Please request interpreters or transcribers as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks before the start of the semester.

What should I do on the first day of class?

Introduce yourself to your service providers and the professor.

How do I receive my accommodation letters?

Once you have been approved for services, a Letter of Accommodation will be emailed to you and your instructors.   If you do not initiate services through the Office of Accessibility Services each semester, then the instructor is not under any obligation to accommodate any services or service providers in the classroom.

If I have a problem with my services or if I have any questions, who should I contact?

Text Nicole Hemmingsen at 385-208-2677 for interpreting services. Text Jason McKenna at 385-208-2990 for speech-to-text services. See the Contact Information tab for additional contact information.

If I have questions about being a student at UVU, who should I contact?

Text Nicole Hemmingsen at 385-208-2677. She can direct you to the appropriate department to answer your questions.

What do I do if I’m going to miss class?

Text Nicole Hemmingsen at 385-208-2677 for interpreting services. Text Jason McKenna at 385-208-2990 for speech-to-text services.

If I plan to be late to my class, what time should I contact the OAS office?

Contact the appropriate person in the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Text Nicole Hemmingsen at 385-208-2677 for interpreting services. Text Jason McKenna at 385-208-2990 for speech-to-text services.

What if I go to class and see a paper on the door that says "Class Canceled"?

Text Nicole Hemmingsen at 385-208-2677 for interpreting services. Text Jason McKenna at 385-208-2990 for speech-to-text services.

If I’m receiving TypeWell services, when will I get the TypeWell transcript?

Within 24 hours after the class ends.

Where can I find other information about Accessibility Services –Deaf and Hard of Hearing policies and procedures?

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Handbook