Preventing Microaggressions for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

Last year, I attended a workshop on microaggressions by Robbin Vasquez (rvasquez@unr.edu) which opened my eyes to critical insensitivities I hadn’t considered. As I learned more about microaggressions, I realized language that may appear harmless could be unintentionally damaging. Microaggressions can negatively affect all people; not just those with disabilities. A microaggression is defined as a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. It may also refer to individuals with disabilities. If a Coordinator were to use microaggressions that a…

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Working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Top 5 Considerations for an Accessibility Coordinator

  For Accessibility Coordinators, providing a level playing field for students in the classroom is the primary goal. Getting there can feel like a challenge, especially for those that are new to the job, have limited tools/resources, seemingly endless day-to-day duties, or unclear expectations. Here are the top 5 considerations we recommend to Accessibility Coordinators when they come to us seeking guidance on providing accessibility services for D/deaf or hard of hearing students. 5. Every Student is Unique This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many administrators still think that a one-size-fits-all approach to accessibility is appropriate. The…

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Your new transcriber passed TypeWell training… now what?

In a previous blog post, we discussed how to recruit quality transcribers. Now, let’s look at how to retain your new transcriber and ensure they have the foundation necessary for success. A new transcriber can have a great deal of anxiety about their first day of real-time transcribing. The TypeWell basic training does a thorough job of preparing them and it encourages them to think about a variety of real-life situations in the classroom and workplace. However, as any transcriber who has worked in professional settings can tell you, it can still be nerve-wracking! As the old adage says, “In…

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How to change IP address automatically for TypeWell linking

When I transcribe, I use my personal laptop. This means every time I want to use my computer for TypeWell transcription, I must switch from a dynamic IP (shown in network settings as “obtain an IP automatically”) to a static IP (choose your own IP, e.g. 192.168.247.1). When I finish class and want to email the student their transcript, I must switch back from my static IP to a dynamic IP. Going through the network settings and manually changing IP settings is time consuming, so I created some small scripts that switch the settings automatically. This saves me time when…

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Recruiting quality TypeWell transcribers

Recruiting qualified transcribers can be challenging. In addition to the traits you look for when hiring for a standard job — reliability, punctuality, ethics, dedication — a TypeWell transcriber must possess a certain set of technical skills specific to real-time transcribing. The transcriber must be able to attain high typing speeds with a low rate of errors in order to even qualify for the TypeWell basic training course. Transcribing in a variety of college classrooms requires a certain level of English spelling and grammar skills that a person develops over a lifetime. In this post we discuss some methods of…

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