Assistive technology is housed in the I Lab. A computer is available with speech, text enlargement, voice recognition, and scanning capability. Kurzweil 3000 (scan and read), Text Help and Inspiration software packages have been installed to assist students.
OSS provides sign language and oral interpreting services by freelance interpreters for classes and special events by written request.
Learning Disability Screening
OSS conducts screening interviews of students referred to assess the possibility of a learning disability. When appropriate, students are referred to community resources for formal diagnostic evaluation, which would be at the student's expense. Screenings generally take a minimum of one hour. To give each student uninterrupted and full attention, advance appointments are requested.
Note taking Assistance
OSS requests faculty assistance in locating a note taker from the class in which the student is enrolled. If students are not available from the class, OSS will assist the student with identifying outside note takers.
OSS provides assistive technology and text in Braille for students who are blind or have print disabilities such as dyslexia. Students are asked to obtain any available textbooks from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, prior to requesting books in Braille or on tape. All request must be made in writing or in person.
Accommodations may include extended time, and/or use of adaptive equipment. Standard practice is time and a half for exams. Students with more severe or multiple disabilities may be granted additional time as determined by OSS.