Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

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I am helping my niece prepare for college. She is a high school student enrolled in a full academic program with a number of honors level courses. Interpreters are struggling with fingerspelling words in earth science and algebra. We have been advised to seek note-takers by one set of people and others suggest a laptop. The school district has limited resources. Can you steer me in a direction to find out which accommodations would serve her best. She wants to attend college and is interested in law. She is a diligent student.

Question from D.B., New York. Posted November 30, 2011.
Response from A.P. - NTID

You didn’t provide much information about your niece and her communication skills and preferences. You mentioned interpreters struggling with science and math signing, and we assume that your niece prefers that means of receiving academic information. If that is the case, there are resources on the Web that w