Based upon the history of the disability, current documentation, and the nature of the request, the Disability Services staff will identify appropriate accommodations and services, which may include:

  • Adaptive Equipment – Eligible students may borrow a piece of equipment on a semester basis.
  • Assistive Technology – Disability Services maintains a variety of assistive technology to help students access materials in alternate format. Assistive technology computers are located at both the Klump Academic Center and the Madigan Library.
  • Classroom Seating – Eligible students with disabilities can request preferential front row seating and/or special chairs.
  • Enlarged Copies of Test – Upon request, tests and course materials will be enlarged for visually impaired students.
  • Sign Language Interpreter – Sign language interpreters will be made available to students whose documentation supports this service.
  • Placement Test Accommodations – Testing accommodations can include extended time, test reader, a test scribe, and the use of a calculator, spell checker, or computer.

The Madigan Library offers a variety of assistive technology for library patrons.

Disability Services does not provide individual tutoring for students with disabilities. However, all students, with or without disabilities, have access to free tutoring offered by the Academic Success Center.

Reasonable accommodation

A reasonable accommodation is any appropriate academic adjustment, auxiliary aid, and service that is necessary to afford a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in the school's programs.

Equal opportunity

An equal opportunity provides the means to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy benefits that are available to students without disabilities.

Available Adaptive Equipment

Disability Services offers a limited amount of adaptive equipment that can be borrowed each semester. Loans are made on a "first-come, first-served" basis. One-on-one training is available for most of the adaptive equipment.

  • Audiocassette recorders
  • Calculators
  • Spell checkers
  • Ergonomic keyboards
  • Assistive technology laptops
  • Roller ball mouse
  • Special chairs
  • Record and playback pens
 

Assistive Technology

Hardware

Personal Computers

Disability Services has three personal computers loaded with assistive technology programs. Students eligible for extended time testing can also use these computers to access faculty network drives when taking tests in the Disability Services testing area.

Laptop Computers

Disability Services has four laptop computers loaded with assistive technology programs such as Kurzweil 3000, Jaws, Zoomtext, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and PDF Equalizer. Students registered with Disability Services may borrow a laptop on a per semester basis.

MagniLink X Split Video Magnifier

This device can be connected to a computer and offers split screen function so that both computer and reading camera can be displayed on the 17" monitor at the same time. The split screen can be adjusted in either vertical or horizontal direction.

Topaz Video Magnifier

This desktop magnifier with a 19" LCD flat panel monitor has split screen function so that both computer and reading camera can be displayed. Adjustable magnification and positive-negative contrast control are also available. The magnifier is designed to accommodate visual impairments. 

Echo Smartpen

This mobile note taker is a pen which records everything a student hears and links the audio to notes that a student writes. It can be used to transfer both notes and audio to a computer. Students registered with Disability Services may borrow this piece of equipment on a per semester basis.

Quick Link Pen Elite

This mobile note taker enables a student to electronically scan and store text and images and save them to a Personal Computer. The pen is used just like a yellow highlighter when scanning text. The pen also has a digital reader to read the text that has been scanned into its memory. Students registered with Disability Services may borrow this piece of equipment on a per semester basis.

Williams Sound Personal FM Listening System

These wireless systems use transmitters and receivers to allow hearing in difficult listening situations, such as in the classroom. With this system, the instructor wears a lapel microphone and transmitter. The student wears a receiver and earphones. The system is designed to accommodate students with hearing impairments.

Software

Dragon Naturally Speaking

This speech recognition software is designed to accommodate learning, physical, and visual disabilities.

JAWS for Windows

This on-demand screen reader software is designed to accommodate blind and visually impaired persons with on-screen navigation of the computer.

Kurzweil 3000 Professional Color

This scanning and reading software is for students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties. Printed text is scanned into the program using an HPScanJet Pro 3000 s2 scanner. The electronic text is read by a synthetic voice.

PDF Equalizer

This software program will not only open up any version of a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, it will read the text using a synthetic voice that sounds very close to the human voice.

ZoomText

This magnifier/screen reader software provides a full range of magnification levels up to 36x. A synthetic voice reads documents, Web pages, and email to accommodate low vision users, as well as those with learning and physical impairments.

Requests for Service

Disability Services staff can address a range of issues in addition to accommodations, including: self-advocacy development, referral to campus and community resources, and liaison with faculty in conjunction with the student-signed consent.

Current students can find procedures to request accommodations and services on the Disability Services portal site (login required).