Equipment and Accessible Technology - Faculty

Equipment and Accessible Technology - Faculty

Information for Faculty

Sometimes, an accommodation for a student will require them to utilize specific equipment. This page outlines what this equipment is and how it is used by either the student or faculty member.

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Lapel Microphones

Some student accommodations require instructors to wear lapel microphones. These are worn on an instructor’s clothing to better pick up what is being said in a lecture. Some things to keep in mind regarding microphones are:

  • When students are speaking, it is asked that the microphone be handed to the student, so no information is missed.
  • When the student utilizing the lapel microphone is working in a group, the microphone should be placed in the group so that what is being said can be picked up. Conference mics can also be checked out by the student and used in the classroom.
  • Ensure that, when the microphone is being used, that it is not covered by anything such as hair, necklaces, or clothing.

If you have any other questions regarding the lapel microphone, please contact CAR.


All videos or multimedia used must be captioned and/or transcripts need to be provided. Auditory descriptions of what is occurring during the video are always needed.

For assistance with captioning, please contact the design and media center from the Media Services Page.

Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech

Some students will choose to utilize text-to-speech or speech-to-text software in their academics.

Adobe Read-Out-Loud is an option students can use for text to speech. This program will allow students to listen to their materials while they are reading them. If a student wishes to have CAR format their materials for this program, they must be eligible for the digital text accommodation and request these materials through CAR Alternate Format.

There are a variety of programs students can use to utilize speech-to-text. There is free software students can also use on their personal computers.

If students are interested in using either speech-to-text or text-to-speech, please direct them to CAR.


How do I find videos for my lecture that are already captioned?

  • Many videos used for class content are already captioned. For example, all Ted Talks come equipped with captions as well as written transcripts. Faculty may need to search or get assistance with captioning.

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