Purdue’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Assistive Technology Center (ATC) have a joint mission – to improve the accessibility of the University.
Commencement with Closed Captioning
As part of fulfilling this mission, on-site closed captioning was provided during each commencement ceremony. A large screen TV with captioning was placed on the stage, television and online broadcasts included captioning, and an American Sign Language interpreter was on hand as well.
Ruth Peterson was one of the parents in the audience who benefitted from the accessible ceremony. Peterson, profoundly deaf in both ears, was thrilled that she was able to “hear” the ceremony for the first time.
Transcription for the Classroom
Her son Dan, who has profound hearing loss, has also benefitted from the school’s focus on accessibility. While a student, he took advantage of their CART service – communication access real-time translation, which connects student with reporters trained in verbatim transcription. The service recently became available on the iPad, which allowed Dan to access the tool less conspicuously in the classroom.
Because of the focus that Purdue has put on accessibility at the University, a son was able to complete his degree, and a mother was able to enjoy his success. Kudos to Purdue!