​Deaf, Hard of Hearing Services

Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Accessibility Resources will make every effort to provide access to communication for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing members of the campus community. These services are provided for students who are actively enrolled and the general public alike. Two common services are ASL interpreting and professional live captioning using Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).

Transcribing and Interpreting Requests:

Preference is to submit a request for an interpreter or CART at least a week in advance. Every effort will be made to fulfill them. To request the use of an ASL interpreter or CART for yourself or someone else, follow these steps:

  1. Click the button below to submit a custom request. You may need to log in with your Minnesota State University login credentials first.
    • Students and alumni: yourstarid@go.minnstate.edu
    • Staff and Faculty: yourstarid@minnstate.edu
  2. You will need the following details for your request:
    • Contact information for

Submit Interpreter and/or Cart Request

*We make every effort to fill each request. Accessibility Resources prefers a minimum of one week notice for interpreting requests.


Types of Events Requested

  • Academic: Classes, Field Trips, meetings with professors, tutorials
  • Student Organizations: programs, concerts, workshops
  • College Sponsored Events: conferences, guest lecturers, special performances
  • Human Resources: staff meetings, professional development, performance evaluations

Accessibility Resources is not responsible for providing interpreting services to non-University events.

For questions contact the Accessibility Resources office:

Phone: 507-389-2825
Email: ar@mnsu.edu
MRS: 800-627-3529 or 711

Please refer to the Interpreter Guidelines for additional information concerning this service. Students who are deaf or hard of hearing may also be eligible for other accommodations for their disability related needs and should visit with staff in Accessibility Resources about this.

Sign language interpreting, transcribing, and FM systems are the accommodations most widely used by deaf or hard of hearing individuals at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Captioning and Academic Technology: Captioning of media content is done through Academic Technology Services in IT Solutions.

FM systems are assistive listening devices checked out on availability to students with limitations related to a hearing loss or central auditory processing disorder. This device includes a small microphone for the instructor and a personal earpiece receiver for the student.

Transcribing communication access real-time translation (CART) is a transcription service similar to captioning as it provides those who are deaf and hard of hearing access to the spoken word. It is helpful for those who do not use interpreters or when written English is a more reasonable accommodation for a particular setting.

Sign language interpreting services are subcontracted at this time.