Adaptive Computer Equipment
The Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) provides an adaptive computer system to assist students who are learning disabled, blind or visually impaired.
- The system is capable of magnifying external text, such as a book or an article, via closed circuit television attached to the computer. Also, the computer is equipped with screen magnification software allowing students to view enlarged text while working on the computer.
- The adaptive computer is equipped with JAWS, a screen-reading program that produces synthesized speech of the on-screen text.
- Another useful feature is Kurzweil 1000, a scanning and screen-reading program allowing students to convert external text from a book or article to on-screen text to then be voiced by the computer or translated into braille.
- A significant component of the system is the braille printer. Quizzes, tests, and articles can be scanned or typed into the computer and printed in braille with relative ease.
Adaptive Tables and Chairs
The O.D.R. has a supply of adaptive tables and chairs for use by students with documented physical disabilities who may benefit from the use of specialized equipment. Students with disabilities may require different types of seating arrangements. Examples include:
- needing to stand or leave the classroom occasionally.
- seating in the front, back or near the door.
- use of adjustable table and chair.
The O.D.R. staff can work with all concerned parties to make these arrangements. Requests for specialized equipment must be made with the O.D.R. advisor when signing up for classes.
To receive any accommodation, recent medical documentation must be submitted to the O.D.R. advisor. All service requests must be made with the appropriate staff member.