The Interpreter Services Program for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students (ISP) has a long history of providing educational support services to Deaf and hard of hearing students at ECU. In 1974, East Central University, the Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Student Support Services Program recognized the need to provide post-secondary educational support services to Deaf and hard of hearing students. The identification of this need prompted the design and implementation of a pilot program of comprehensive educational support services. This program began with one interpreter and has evolved into the current Interpreter Services Program serving both undergraduate and graduate students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. This program affords students an opportunity to compete on an equal basis in the pursuit of their educational goals.
- Assist students in developing academic and personal independence while pursuing academic goals;
- Communicate appreciation and respect for individual and cultural differences;
- To provide qualified professionals who are committed to assisting Deaf and hard of hearing students in achieving their academic goals.
Qualifying Deaf or hard of hearing students participating in the program may be elligible to receive the following services:
- Sign Language Interpreters
- Volunteer Note-Taking Services
- Extended Testing Time
- Preferred Seating
- Academic Advisement/Co-Advisement
- Priority Enrollment
Deaf or hard of hearing students who wish to request accommodations for courses, or in other University programs, services, or activities, should provide appropriate documentation of their disability to the Director of the Interpreter Services Program soon after admission to the University. If the accommodation is justified by the documentation and if it is reasonable for the University to provide, the Director will work with the student and appropriate personnel to facilitate the accommodation. The Director will work with students for advisement, so-advisement, priority enrollment, and scheduling of interpreters for classes. Continuing students should make an appointment witht the Director of the Interpreter Services Program to request services each semester.