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Western Kentucky University

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


We are committed to serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing in a caring community that encourages personal and professional growth and excellence at every level.


Captioning makes audio and audiovisual material accessible and provides a critical link to communication, information, education, news, and entertainment. Captioning is the process of converting the audio content of a film, broadcast, video, webcast, sound bite, live event, or other productions into text and displaying the text on a screen, monitor, or other visual display system.  

Sign Language Interpreting

Students who use American Sign Language as their primary language may request a Sign Language Interpreter for academic and campus related events.  The interpreter will facilitate communication between deaf student, instructors, peers and/or participants. Interpreters are certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). For more information, please contact


Funding is provided largely by a grant through Vocational Rehabilitation as well as the Department of Education and WKU's Student Accessibility Resource Center.

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 Last Modified 8/24/15