Accommodations information for Mel Chua.

Hello -- you're probably at this page because you want to know how to make something accessible to me as a Deaf person. I've written a more general primer on event access for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) people, and the first big point is that everyone is different, and you should ask each individual DHH person what they need. For me specifically, though -- here's how I'd answer that.

Written documentation

Schedules/notes/documentation/papers in written form whenever they are available. Interpreters and captioners will need them for prep as well, so please pass those on!

ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation

I prefer ASL (American Sign Language) interpreting as a main form of access. I'll need an interpreting team for the duration of the conference, including evening networking events; teams of two or more will rotate periodically in order to prevent fatigue from affecting interpreting quality. Not all interpreters can handle all scenarios, and I tend to get involved in complex, doctoral-level discussions in multiple fields -- so make sure the interpreting team can handle this level of event. I may be able to connect you to either locals who are well qualified, or interpreters who've worked with me in the past and can fly in for a high-level event.

Interpreters and interpreting agencies tend to want my interpreter prep letter.

CART (realtime transcription)

If ASL interpreting is not an option at all times, in-person CART (realtime stenographic trancription) may be an acceptable way for me to access talks, especially keynotes/plenaries. If in-person CART is not available, remote CART with a projected screen is doable. As a side benefit, other attendees with hearing loss, ADHD (I have this too), dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, and English-language learners will benefit -- and you'll have transcripts of the keynotes/plenaries immediately afterwards.

Stenographers and captioning agencies tend to want my captioner prep letter.

For other DHH folks: tips on requesting

I'm working on making my templates for access requests into resources that would be useful to others. One early version of this is a breakdown of how I send in a request for interpreting to a new person/event if I want to include a lot of detail. My approach is particular to who I am and the position I'm in, so my letter may or may not work for you -- adapt it to your own situation as needed!

Examples of prep letters from other DHH people

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