The University of Texas-Pan American
Disability Services
April 18, 2014
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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Disabilities

In order to fully evaluate requests for accommodations or auxiliary aids and to determine eligibility for services, the Disability Services office (DS) needs documentation of your disability. The documentation you provide should include an evaluation by an appropriate professional that makes evident the current impact of the disability as it relates to the accommodation(s) requested and include a description of any and all functional limitations. Those accommodations prescribed by DS are provided so that students have equal access to activities and programs at UT Pan American. Professionals conducting assessments and rendering diagnoses must be qualified to do so. Such documentation should be on letterhead and contain the professional's signature and license number. Documentation must be current.

The general guidelines listed below are developed to assist you in working with your treating/diagnosing professional(s) to prepare the information needed to evaluate your request(s). If, after reading these guidelines and reviewing disability specific information provided below, you have any questions, feel free to contact the DS office by calling 956-665-7005 (voice), 956-683-6003/1-877-570-7645 (VP).

In order to receive services from the Disability Services office, documentation must be submitted in advance to the Documentation Review Committee. Documentation must be received by 6:00 PM on Thursday in order to be evaluated during each week’s review process. Documentation must validate the disability, which allows consideration for accommodation requests. All documentation must be completed by a licensed professional. The currency of documentation is dependent upon the nature of the loss of hearing.  However, each case will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Documentation should include but is not limited to:

  • Current functional impact of the condition in an academic setting
  • Treatments, medications, accommodations/auxiliary aids, services
    currently prescribed or in use as related to the previously mentioned functional limitations
  • The expected progression or stability of disability over time
  • A diagnostic statement identifying the disability

Listed below are recommended forms of documentation and appropriate professionals to complete the documentation.

  • Audiogram and Certificate of Deafness (if applicable)
  • Speech Language Pathologist Evaluation

Qualified Professional or Organization:

  • Licensed Audiologist
  • Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)- Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHHS)

Documentation must also meet the General Documentation Requirements.

All applicable documentation should be submitted on professional letterhead with the evaluator's signature and credentials prior to scheduling an appointment.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices connect a transmitter to a sound system that is controlled by the individual with the receiver (student). Students who are hard of hearing use these devices to receive clear, amplified audio in a classroom or auditorium setting. Personal listening devices are available on a semester basis. Students who are hard of hearing and are registered with DS have first priority for assistive listening devices requests for academically-related accommodations. In order to obtain a listening device, students must be approved for this accommodation and make an accommodation request as early in advance as possible to ensure availability of requested equipment.

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