Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Deafness/Hearing Impairments

Disability Support Services (DSS) is proud to support the educational goals of students who are deaf or hard of hearing through an array of services and auxiliary devices. Seminole State College employs only the highest quality professional interpreters and captionists, and strives to remain up-to-date on the latest technology for our students.

Communication is provided for hearing-impaired students in their preferred mode. Whether a student uses speech/lip-reading, signed English or American Sign Language determines the accommodation.

Locating interpreters often requires time. It is imperative that students requiring interpreter services register for classes and contact Disability Support Services as early as possible to prevent delays in the acquisition of an interpreter. 

Seminole State seeks to provide equal access to communication on campus and in the classroom. It is the College's goal to eliminate barriers wherever they exist. Students who need accommodations to access campus activities and programs must make timely written requests with Disability Support Services (a minimum of two weeks prior).

Registering with Disability Support Services

Scheduling Information

  • How do I schedule an interpreter for my classes, to see an advisor or other college related appointments?
    • To schedule an interpreter, contact
      DSS office
      Video Phone: 407.792.5546
      Text: 321.578.9352
  • Please make sure you receive a confirmation that an interpreter has been scheduled.

Common Accommodations

Accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing may include

  • Sign Language Interpreter
  • Preferential seating
  • Double time on exams/quizzes
  • Note taker
  • Captioning of audio/visual materials


Communication Resources

  • Sorenson Video Relay - Sorenson Communications offers a free video phone to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. To obtain a video phone or inquire about ntouch® Mobile, which enables your smartphone to become a video phone, you can contact Sorenson VRS.
  • Seminole State also provides free use of a video phone at the Sanford/Lake Mary campus’ Student Center in the Disability Support Services office, room 130.

Helpful Apps

  • Glide
    • App that provides video chat messaging.
    • For information contact - Glide
  • For a list of other apps for Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, please visit - Apps

 Scholarship Opportunities*

*Note:  Each scholarship has different requirements and offer different awards. Visit their web site for specific details. Seminole State College has no affiliation with these organizations.

For more information on additional scholarships and tools, technology and key resources, please visit:


Miscellaneous Resources

Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – This organization assists Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals with a variety of services. Some of their resources include assistance with employment and links to many useful websites.

Contact information: 

Website: Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Toll free line: 1.866.602.3225
Fax: 850.414.6625
Mailing address: 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Email address:

Center for Independent Living (CIL)– Center for Independent Living is an excellent resources for students who need help with communication assistance outside the College, driver’s license training, tax prep help, school-to-work transition or advocacy outside the College.  To learn more about all their available resources, please visit CIL or call 407.623.1070.

 American Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) – AMPHL is an organization dedicated to providing Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals with information on advocacy, mentorship and resources for those pursuing a career in the medical field. AMPHL

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) – DCMP has a wide variety of videos that are captioned and a multitude that also include sign language. They offer a program for students entering college called, “Map It.” It specifically guides Deaf/Hard of Hearing pre-college students to answer the questions, “Who Am I?” “What do I Want?” and “How do I Get There?” as it specifically relates to transitioning to college. This online training requires a free membership to DCMP to access it. DCMP - What comes next

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)–  VR  helps the deaf, hard of hearing or disabled gain or retain meaningful employment that may include interpreters for job interviews and other services. Contact your local VR services office to learn the different ways VR can assist you.

Contact information:
Website: Vocational Rehab
Counties: Orange and Seminole
1555 State Road 436, Suite 1281
Winter Park, FL 32792-1504
Phone: 407.262.7428  Fax: 407.681.5439


General Information
Sanford/Lake Mary - 407.708.2110
Altamonte Springs - 407.404.6005
Oviedo - 407.971.5114