Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

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You can connect with us for scheduling and questions relating to deaf and hard of hearing services for online and alternate format academic delivery through the emails below:

Register for Accessible Learning Services

We are dedicated to providing equal access to education for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Our office provides Sign Language interpreters, Intervenors and Computerized Notetakers. Services are available for full-time or part-time programs, group work related to your courses, college-related appointments (meeting with professors, financial aid, Counselling etc.), college workshops, events and more.

To access these services at GBC, students must register with Accessible Learning Services (ALS).

Requesting Services

Providing your schedule in a timely manner will help us meet your accommodation needs. To request services email your timetable to the appropriate coordinator:

To request service for accommodations outside the classroom, please submit a request form.

Request Service

Services for Students

Two male students and one female student taking notes in class with a laptop and paper and pen.

Computerized Notetaking

Specially-trained notetakers transcribe what's going on in the classroom to a computer monitor so you can see it in real-time. They will also provide you with an edited copy of the notes within 24 hours.

Female American Sign Language and Deaf Studies student practices American Sign Language with another female student seated at video monitor in ASL lab cubicles.

Sign Language Interpreters

The Interpreter's role is to facilitate communication between American Sign Language (ASL) and English so that you can interact fully with your hearing classmates and professors, and they with you.

Female students practice two-hand manual communication seated in classroom while one is blindfolded.


Intervenors act as your 'eyes and ears' if you are deafblind, using modified sign language techniques:

  • Close-contact - a technique that allows for restricted visual fields and proximity requirements.
  • Tactile - a communication method in which the receiver's hands are placed lightly upon the hands of the signer to perceive the signs.