The mission of the Department of Accessibility Services is to:
- Serve as advocates for qualified students with disabilities.
- Offer accommodation provisions to students in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA) and Section 504 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Provide consultation to staff and faculty on disability issues related to access and academic success.
- Suggest appropriate linkages to community resources.
The following are examples of potential accommodations offered to eligible individuals: Note: These are just a limited few examples, your accommodations may vary based on disability documentation and meeting with Accessibility Services Counselor.
- Definition - Adaptive equipment may include equipment that is needed in order for the student to have appropriate access to the classroom equipment and material.
- Example - An example of adaptive furniture would be a table that rises to fit a wheel chair.
- Definition - Converting textbooks into PDF, Word, or Daisey format, Braille, tactile images.
- Example - Books are bought by student and then converted by the college/publisher to alternative format. Student may need a reading software (Read and Write Gold) to have books become audio.
- Definition - Voice output for PDF file (Screen Readers), screen magnification, screen reading software, various keyboards and trackballs, assistive technology training, Speech to text software.
- Examples- These devices vary, please refer to the page titled assistive technology.
Disability Management Counseling
- Definition- counselor will work with student on accommodation issues, disability adjustment, advocacy skills and transition.
- Definition - extra time, distraction reduced space, reader/writer, enlarged print.
- Examples - Student will need to take exams and quizzes in a location where distractions are minimized. Students are eligible for time and a half (1.5x) for multiple choice and short answer formats. Students are eligible for double time (2x) for essay and problem solving formats.
- Definition - You may obtain a copy of a classmate’s lecture notes by recruiting a volunteer note taker. (this may be done via in class volunteer or Accessibility Services designated)
- Example - You should ask your instructor to make an announcement that a volunteer note taker is needed, or if you are comfortable doing so, you may ask your classmates whether they are willing to provide you with a copy of their notes. Ideally two volunteers should be identified to allow for absences. At the end of class, each of you gets one copy of the notes, and you get back the remaining paper and binder.
Please refer to Student Handbook or student resource page for more information about what may be offered to eligible individuals. Or contact the Office of Accessibility Services for specific questions regarding services that may be offered.