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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Readers / In-class Assistants
Reader ServicesStudents unable to use print and who prefer auditory material are urged to utilize alternate media sources. When possible, we will obtain audio filebooks from outside sources or electronic texts from publishers. If these are not available, print materials can be scanned to disk, transferred to audio file or read directly from the computer with a screen reader. These solutions provide effective, independent and economical methods to read textbooks.
Students can learn to do this independently. The equipment is readily available on campus and we can advise about options for home purchase. Students have found that their ability to provide for and utilize alternate media independently is very useful when they transfer to the university or become employed.
If these solutions are not effective, personal reader service for required course materials will be considered. If you are a Department of Rehabilitation client, or are a blind student who is not a client, we will help you determine if reader funds can be made available for you to hire your own personal reader. Reader referral service is available through Disability Support Services. See your counselor/advisor for information.
In-Class AssistantsSometimes a student’s educational limitations present a challenge in completing classroom activities, such as lab experiments. When this occurs, the instructor, student and counselor/advisor should consult to explore accommodation options. Common solutions include pairing students with a lab partner, providing alternate media or materials, or modifying the curriculum or delivery methods.
In the event that no other satisfactory solution can be found, after careful deliberation with your counselor/advisor, the provision of an in-class assistant may be considered.