Based on documentation, students may be entitled to certain accommodations in academic settings such as classroom and lab, in testing, or in general campus access. Students participating in off-campus programs may also be entitled to accommodations in order to participate in those programs. The disAbled Student Support Services office is responsible for identifying appropriate accommodations and working with faculty/staff to assure that accommodations are arranged.
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POSSIBLE ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS
- tape recording lectures
- preferential seating
- clear view for lipreading
- help finding notetakers
- in-class scribe
- sign language interpreters in class
- closed captioned videos
- large print handouts and materials
- Brailled handouts and materials
- oral description of visual aids
- lab assistance
- accessible desk
- accessible chair
- disability related absences
- disability related extensions
- laptop computer for notetaking
- adaptive technology in class
- assistive listening device
- Alternate Format Textbooks
- Course Materials in Alternate Format
- Class taping/notetaking
- Special Furniture
- Sign Language Interpreting
- Physical Assistance
- Special Equipment
- Other accommodations
A. Alternate Format Textbooks
- Requests to provide text in alternate formats (recorded, digital, Braille, etc.) have increased significantly in the last few years as technology has made alternate format text a more readily achievable solution for students with print disabilities. Disabled Student Support Services will make every effort to provide text in alternate format in a timely manner, but advance notice is absolutely essential.
- Alternate Text Policies
B. Course Materials in Alternate Format
Any printed materials other than textbooks required for course work (tests, handouts, reserve materials, syllabus, etc.) will be produced in alternate format by the Disabled Student Support Services office. The materials must be supplied to the Disabled Student Services office in a readable condition. Materials will be produced according to the following time frames:
- 1. Enlarged material - one day per 100 sheets to be reproduced
- 2. Brailled - one week if the material can be produced locally (straight text). For specialty Brailling (math, charts, etc.) allow six weeks to three months for production since they must be sent away.
- 3. Recorded - one day per twenty pages of text.
4. Digital text - One day for up to 20 pages.
C. Class taping/notetaking
Students who are approved for use of a tape recorder or notetaker for class notes are encouraged to use a tape recorder because of the absolute accuracy of the information. The student is responsible for providing his/her own tape recorder and tapes. Some tape recorders are available for temporary checkout through the DSSS office.
See Section _____: Suggestions for Students for information on efficient and effective use of a tape recorder for class notes.
Students who utilize notetakers should be aware of the following provisions and limitations:
- 1. notetakers are not arranged or employed through DSSS. The student should work with the faculty to identify at least two students in the class who would be willing to share their notes. Having two notetakers allows for comparison of notes and assures at least one set of notes if a notetaker is absent. The student should be aware that the accuracy of the written notes cannot be guaranteed.
- 2. the DSSS office will provide notetaking paper, either two-part NCR paper or “copyset” paper, so there will be a copy for the notetaker and a copy for the student. The DSSS office does not have personnel or facilities for transcribing notes.
- 3. Notetaking as an accommodation is intended to provide or supplement what you would do for yourself. You are not entitled to notes as an accommodation when you are absent from class.
D. Special Furniture
The DSSS office will arrange for certain types of special furniture to be placed in the appropriate classrooms at the beginning of the semester. The following types of furniture are available: separate desk and chair sets, wheelchair-accessible desk/table for notetaking, adjustable-height chair (for working at computer stations, lab stations, etc.)
E. Sign Language Interpreting
Interpreters are contracted each semester for the specific courses in which deaf students are registered. It is imperative that students who need interpreters schedule their classes during EARLY REGISTRATION to allow time to locate and contract interpreters. Every effort will be made to utilize interpreters who are state-certified. Interpreters may also be arranged for out-of-class activities (labs, group meetings, special events, etc.) with sufficient notice (usually five days).
F. Physical assistance
KSU and the DSSS office do not provide or assist with arranging personal care attendants. The institution will provide physical assistance for those activities that are class-related (labs, library research, registration, etc.) with advance notice.
From time to time, a student’s disability may cause the student to miss a class meeting. The DSSS office will assist with arranging for the class to be tape recorded in the student’s absence so that important information will not be missed. Occasionally, faculty may need to adjust attendance policies or assign a grade of “I” for a student with a disability if the disability interferes significantly with class attendance. Faculty are encouraged to be as flexible as possible within the limitations of the requirements of mastering the course material. Correspondence courses are available for many classes through the University System of Georgia Independent Study program.
H. Special Equipment
The following special equipment may be borrowed from the Student Development Center for use in classes on a semester-by-semester basis. The student must sign an “Equipment Checkout” form indicating the equipment borrowed, the date borrowed, and the date due back. When the equipment is returned, the student receives a copy of the form indicating that the equipment was returned in good order. If equipment is not returned by the date indicated, the student’s registration and academic records will be placed on hold until the equipment is returned or its value reimbursed.
- 1. Wireless FM Audio Enhancement System
- 2. Portable tape recorder (standard two-track)
- 3. TDD (telephone device for the deaf)
- 4. Hand-held magnifier
- 5. Four-track tape player
I. Other accommodations
From time to time, other special arrangements or accommodations may be needed because of the nature of a particular class or because of a student’s particular needs. The DSSS office can assist with arranging other accommodations and negotiating between faculty and student, if so requested.
|POSSIBLE GENERAL ACCOMMODATIONS
- wheelchair access
- handicap parking
- van accessible parking
- classroom changes
- books on tape
- referral for tutoring
- referral for counseling
- adaptive technology
- adapted physical education
- adapted foreign language
- reduced course load