Disability Resources for Students
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Blind and Low Visual Impairments

To obtain disability services and accommodations, students must register with DRS by providing current and appropriate medical or professional documentation and by meeting with an DRS coordinator for an intake appointment. Based on the individual student's documentation, the coordinator will assess the student's functional limitations and academic needs, and from those, will determine the necessary services and accommodations for which the student is eligible. After registering for classes each semester, students are responsible for scheduling an appointment with their coordinator to arrange reasonable accommodations and services for that semester.

In addition to the general services available to all students registered with DRS, the following services may be available to students who are blind or have visual impairments:

  • Conversion of materials
    • Braille tests, syllabi and handouts
    • Large print tests, syllabi and handouts
    • Enlarged notes
    • Books in audio format
    • E-text
    • Tactile image reproductions
  • Reader service
  • Permission to audio record lectures
  • Notetaker service
  • Use of specialized equipment
    • Kurzweil 3000, Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil Reading Edge
    • Scanners with OCR software with automatic document feed option
    • Zoomtext screen enlargement and large monitors
    • Closed circuit magnifiers
    • Portable closed circuit magnifiers
    • Duxbury Braille software and Braille printer
    • JAWS screen readers
    • PowerBraille Refreshable Braille
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software
    • Tactile Image Enhancer
    • Type & Speak
    • Braille & Speak
    • Type Lite Notetaker with Refreshable Braille
    • 4-track tape player/recorders for use with RFB+D audio books
    • CD Players for use with RFB+D audio books
    • Talking and large print calculators
    • Talking dictionary
    • Tactile graphing board
    • Tactile music kit
    • Raised line drawing kit
  • Preferential classroom seating
  • Lab accommodations
  • Test accommodations
    • Extended test time
    • Braille, Refreshable Braille and large print
    • Reader
    • Scribe
    • Adaptive computer
    • Closed circuit magnifier
    • Brailler
    • Alternative to scantron answer sheet

If alternate format materials, such as books on CD or E-text, are essential to a student's equal access, the student is responsible for registering early, completing the book list request form, and turning it in to the DRS coordinatorat least a month prior to the beginning of the semester so that books can be ordered. If the request is turned in late, DRS will attempt to provide the accommodation; however, there is no guarantee that alternate format materials will be available by the beginning of classes. In such cases, the student has the option of using the Kurzweil Reading machines, scanning the materials and using a screen reader to read it.

Services for Specific Disabilities

How to Obtain Services and Academic Accommodations


Guidelines for Documentation of a Learning Disability in Adolescents and Adults

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