Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)


The generic term Hearing Impairment is used to describe all types of hearing deficits, ranging from a mild loss to profound deafness.  Hearing impairment is the most prevalent chronic physical disability in the United States.  More specifically, Hard of Hearing is a condition where hearing is defective to varying degrees (usually a hearing aid can enhance the understanding of speech).  Deaf/Deafness is a condition in which perceivable sounds have no meaning for ordinary life purposes.  (Hearing aids enhance awareness of vibrations such as horns and sirens, but not speech).  Title V lists Hearing Impairments under the heading of "Communication Disability." 


The following are possible accommodations after verification of disability:

  • Note taking
  • Note taker
  • Interpreter Services
  • Books on tape or CD
  • Voice amplification devices

 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Handbook

Information for faculty who have a deaf person in their class:

 DHH Faculty Handbook

Information for Interpreters:

Interpreter Handbook

Legal Mandates: DSP&S Services are guided by state and federal civil rights laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These legal mandates support the provision of reasonable accommodations for qualified students to have access to, and benefit from the full range of educational programs and activities at Napa Valley College.

Your Rights: As a college student with a documented disability, you have the right to "reasonable accommodations based upon your educational limitations" under Title 5 of the California Education Code and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Provisions of the law state that "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."