West Virginia University’s Office of Disability Services (ODS), under the direction of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, provides American Sign Language interpreting services and Typewell transcribing services for eligible students who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing and who are registered with ODS. These same services are also available for faculty, staff and campus events.
All requests for interpreting and transcribing services are made through the ODS Online Request From. Therefore, all inquiries from any student, professor or staff member must be referred to the Assistant Director Rebecca Berger. Rebecca.Berger@mail.wvu.edu: 304-293-6700. Requests can be made by clicking here.
Due to the size of the university and limited availability of American Sign Language interpreters and Typewell transcribers, the ODS has established the following order of eligibility for services:
1. Academic – This includes classes, field trips, study groups, required attendance at special events, meetings with advisors or professors, tutorials, etc.
2. Events sponsored by chartered student organizations – This includes programs, concerts, workshops, induction or recognition ceremonies, meetings, etc.
3. Special Events sponsored by colleges or departments within the university including conferences, guest lecturers, special performances, recognition ceremonies, celebrations, etc.
4. Human Resources requests for staff, faculty or GA positions. – This includes staff meetings, professional development, performance evaluations, recognition ceremonies, etc.
Early requests are given higher priority. Although the ODS will make every attempt to fill requests for interpreter and/or transcriber service, there is no guarantee for any request submitted less than one week (7 days) prior to the event.