Accommodations & Services

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 reasonable and appropriate accommodations.  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
Assistive Technology
Audio-recorded Lectures
Enlarged Font
Extended Test Time
Furniture & Equipment Requests
Interpreters
Note Taking Assistance
Preferential Seating
Reader for Tests
Scribe for Tests Service Animals
Speech Recognition Software
Testing Location with Reduced Distractions

Alternate-format texts
Alternate format texts are recorded textbooks available to students who have submitted appropriate documentation and have been diagnosed with a visual impairment and/or learning disability.  It is the responsibility of the student to schedule an appointment with the SSD Office as early as possible to place book request(s) in alternate format with the publisher. Click here for directions on how to place Alternate format requests.

Assistive Technology
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. 

Audio-recorded lectures
Digital Recorder/Tape Recorders are used by students who may have difficulties with comprehending information, processing information, poor fine motor skills etc.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this accommodation with his/her professor in order to create a plan, in which the information recorded comes through clearly (i.e. placing recorder in close proximity to instructor).  *The cost of any recording device is assumed by the student.

Enlarged Font
The CCTV is an electronic device used by people with limited or low vision in reading printed text and viewing other forms of printed materials.  It consists of two main components, a video camera and a TV screen.  The primary function of the CCTV is to capture and magnify the image in order for the user to view it properly.  The CCTV has a remote that allows the user to change the magnification and invert the colors of the screen.

Extended Test Time
Extended test time on quizzes, tests, or exams. The amount of extended time is indicated by 1.5x or 2.0x.  

  • 1.5x means that the student is allowed time and half to complete the exam. (i.e. in-class exam is scheduled for 60 minutes, a student approved 1.5x will have 90 minutes to complete the exam).
  • 2.0x means that the student is allowed double time to complete the exam (i.e. in class exam is scheduled for 60 minutes, a student approved 2.0x will have 120 minutes to complete the exam).

Furniture/Equipment Requests
A student may require special furniture and/or equipment accommodations. For instance, the student attends the first class and assesses the situation and environment.  If there is a need for special 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.

Interpreters
Sign language interpreting, as well as all other services for deaf and hard of hearing students is coordinated through Barb Arnone in the Advisement and Graduation Department. You can contact Barb by voice: (585) 292-2030 or TDD: (585) 424-5128. Students should schedule an appointment well in advance of the need for services to discuss policies and procedures.

Note Taking Service
It is the students’ responsibility to speak with their professor and/or peers in class to request class notes. Notetaking paper is available in the Services for Students with Disabilities Office (Brighton Campus, 1-231) or the Student Services Center (Damon Campus). Click here for note-taking assistance.

Preferential Seating
Preferential Seating is an area in the classroom that may be more beneficial to the students learning. (i.e. sitting in closer proximity to the professor in order for the information to be processed more clearly vs. sitting in the back of the room in which a student may be distracted by everything in front of them). Arranging preferential seating should be a collaborative process between the instructor and the student.

Readers for Tests
The SSD Office offers two different types of assistive technology that reads printed text aloud. The Kurzweil 3000 is a reading software program that combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools for reading, writing and learning.  The Kurzweil 3000 is manipulated using a computer screen, keyboard, mouse and scanner.  The SARA (Scanning and Reading Appliance) scans your printed material, and reads it back to you. The SARA is manipulated using a computer screen and scanner only.  Each of the reading software programs are user friendly and easy to use.  All students who have been approved a reader are required to complete a reader self-tutorial.

Service Animals
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 disabilityUnder 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
The Speech Recognition Software available to students in the SSD Office is Dragon Naturally Speaking.  Dragon Speech Recognition software allows the user to talk and it types.  Your voice is used to create and edit all written documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse and more.  Dragon quickly and easily captures your thoughts and ideas while getting more done faster.  Voice training is necessary for using this software.

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.

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