Accommodations are used to provide equal access to education for students with disabilities. Students that are registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities office (SSD) are approved various accommodations based on current functional limitations. Accommodations approved by the college are listed below, however, these are not the only accommodations offered to students by the SSD office.
Alternate Format Texts
Students whose disability interferes with their ability to effectively utilize standard print materials may be eligible to receive textbooks in alternative formats. Alternate format may include electronic, audio, Braille, or large print versions of standard print educational materials. Students approved alternate format are encouraged to submit their requests as early as possible, as processing time may vary.
According to the United States Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (also called adaptive technology) refers to any “product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Common computer related assistive technology products include screen magnifiers, large-key keyboards, alternative input devices such as touch screen displays, speech recognition programs, and text readers.
CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television)
A CCTV is an electronic device used by people with low vision in reading printed text and viewing other forms of printed materials. The primary function of a CCTV is to capture and magnify an image in order for the user to view it properly. Each CCTV has a remote allowing the user to customize the image to their preference including magnification and/or color.
Digital Recorders are used by students with disabilities that may interfere with their ability to comprehend/process information, delayed fine motor skills etc. The cost of any recording device is assumed by the student, not by the college.
Enlarged handouts ensure accessibility of course materials for individuals with low vision. It is important to be aware of the students functional limitations including his/her preferred font size, preferred contrast color and preferred font style. Faculty should provide students with large print copies of all handouts, slides, overheads, etc. Whenever possible, electronic copies should be available to allow the student to adjust the document to his/her preferences prior to class. The print shop is available for further assistance with modifying course documents.
Extended Test Time
Extended test time on quizzes, tests, or exams. The amount of extended time is indicated by 1.5x or 2.0x.
A student may require modified furniture and/or equipment due to their disability. For instance, the student attends the first class and assesses the environment. If there is a need for modified furniture and/or equipment, the student contacts the SSD office and provides the class information (time/location) and their specific furniture/equipment request. Once the request has been placed with the SSD office, the Facilities Dept. is contacted to make the appropriate changes. Click here for a Furniture Request Form.
Sign language interpreting, as well as all other services for deaf and hard of hearing students is coordinated through the Services for Students with Disabilities office. The College will arrange interpreting services for students with disabilities who are registered with the SSD office. Students should schedule an appointment well in advance of the need for services to discuss policies and procedures.
MCC uses a volunteer peer or instructor note-taking system to provide copies of class notes to students with disabilities. Below are different ways that lecture notes can be supplied:
1. Request copies of your instructor’s lecture notes, transparencies, PowerPoint presentations etc. If an instructor cannot supply class notes, ask your instructor to help recruit a volunteer peer from the class as soon as possible so that services can be provided in a timely manner.
2. If you have a volunteer peer assisting with note taking, NCR (no carbon required) paper is available at the Brighton and Downtown Disability offices free of charge.
3. If a volunteer peer has not been identified within 7 business days from disclosing your Accommodation Letter with your instructor, please notify the SSD office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We will meet with you to discuss suitable alternatives that may be equally effective.
Preferential Seating is an area of the classroom that may be more beneficial to a student’s learning and/medical needs. Arranging preferential seating should be a collaborative process between faculty and student.
Readers for Tests
The SSD Testing Center offers different types of text-to-speech programs that read printed text aloud. The Kurzweil 3000 and Scan and Read Pro combine accessibility, communication and productivity tools for reading, writing and learning. Each of these reading software programs are user friendly and easy to use. A tutorial is required for each student approved “reader for tests”.
The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Under the ADA, State and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public generally must allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices.http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm
Scribes for Tests
Students with a disability and/or medical condition that impede his/her ability to write may require the use of a scribe. Students are responsible for directing the scribe throughout the assignment specifically with terminology, spelling, grammar, punctuation, organization, and/or all corrections. The scribe is responsible for writing down the exact information that the student has dictated.
Speech Recognition Software
Speech Recognition Software also known as speech-to-text allows a user to speak, while the program transcribes information into written words. The users’ voice will create and edit all written documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control the mouse and more. The SSD office offers Dragon Naturally Speaking/Windows Speech Recognition Software, which quickly and easily captures thoughts and ideas. Voice training is required for any student approved this accommodation.
Testing Location with Reduced Distractions
A testing location with reduced distractions is an environment that minimizes interruptions for the student. Each student has a different level of distractibility. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss with their professor the optimal settings in which the student will take the exam (i.e. SSD Testing Center). Typically, students need an environment that minimizes both auditory (i.e. talking, other noises) and visual distractions (i.e. people walking in and out). A distraction-reduced environment does not require the student testing in a private room, nor does it mean that an environment is completely distraction-free.