Navigating university life while deaf

Everyone knows how it feels to start at the bottom of a new institution, especially in university. You’re often far away from home, feeling homesick in a new surrounding. That is until you finally meet someone who you share things in common with. Josh Gomes, a first-year sustainable and renewable energy engineering student, said he learned he wasn’t alone when he first met two other deaf students at Carleton in September. Before coming to Carleton, Gomes lived in Cambridge, Ont., where he said he pushed himself to break the stigmas attached to deafness. “I always try to prove people that [deaf and dumb] is not true,” he said. Gomes has worn hearing aids in both ears since he was diagnosed […]

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Sign language interpreters available to clubs and societies

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at key events to clubs and societies registered with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). CUSA’s accessibility committee approved a budget Nov. 5 of up to 100 hours of interpreting services, at a cost of $6,215. The committee can approve funding without CUSA council, according to bylaws. This funding is in addition to $5,000 already budgeted for ASL interpretation at CUSA council meetings and elections, a service that debuted August 2013. “We’ve had a couple of successful council meetings with ASL interpretations and they’ve gone really, really well,” said Shawn Humphrey, a CUSA councillor and accessibility adviser for clubs and societies. Humphrey said clubs and societies were asking for money for ASL […]

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CUSA to offer ASL interpreters at council

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and real-time captioning will be offered at Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council meetings beginning Aug. 22, CUSA Live facilitator Luke Smith said. The additions will give deaf and hard of hearing students the opportunity to be better informed on CUSA council meetings, Smith said. ASL interpreters will also be offered at council and executive debates during elections. The interpreters will be available upon request, with about one week’s notice, Smith said. Real-time captioning will be available at all CUSA council meetings beginning Aug. 22, Smith said, and there may be a trial at the July 25 emergency meeting to pass the budget. Captioning will be done by projecting a text document onto a screen at […]

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