Services and Accommodations
If you are eligible for services, a Learning Specialist will recommend the accommodations she feels are appropriate for you, based on your specific educational difficulties. The following is a list of accommodations that may possibly be recommended.
For Note Taking
- Tape Recorder – Student records class lectures, and then transcribes the recording for a full copy of the lecture.
- Shared Notes – Student finds classmates that are willing to share their notes. Students fill in points they missed in their own notes.
- Carbonless Note Paper – A classmate is identified who is willing to take his/her notes on carbonless paper. Student receives copy of classmate’s notes.
- Note Taker – Arrangements are made to have another student take notes.
- Kurzweil 3000 – Computer software located in the IAC and the Hi-Tech Center. When student scans textbook, text is displayed and read aloud by the computer. Kurzweil also includes a dictionary, thesaurus, highlighting and outlining capabilities.
- Colored Overlays – For students with certain visual processing difficulties or scotopic sensitivity. Transparencies in various colors serve to reduce the contrast created by black print on white paper, thus assisting the student in tracking the words by "holding them in place."
- Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic – Student’s textbooks are read aloud and a CD is burned of the recording.
- Enlarged Print – Sometimes makes reading easier for students who have difficulty with visual discrimination or perceptual organization problems.
- Learning Center – Computer assisted instruction in reading skills. Students can work independently to improve their reading fluency.
- Franklin Talking Dictionary – Handheld device for correct spellings, definitions, and synonyms. Information is displayed and read aloud.
- Franklin English/Spanish Talking Dictionary – Handheld device for pronunciations, spellings, and definitions. Information is displayed and read aloud.
- Kurzweil 3000 – Student uses computer for compositions and writing assignments. Kurzweil software reads back what student has written. Also has a dictionary, thesaurus, spell checker, and alerts to commonly confused words.
- Word processor – Including spell checker and thesaurus.
- Inspiration – Computer software that assists a student in organizing thoughts to complete a writing assignment.
- Tutoring – By signing up for St Dv 143, students have access to IAC staff for assistance with writing assignments.
- Learning Center – Computer assisted instruction in many English writing skills. Students can work independently to improve their writing abilities.
- Math Lab – Student and staff tutors are available to answer questions students may have about their math assignments.
- Tutoring in the IAC – By signing up for St Dv 143, students have access to IAC staff for assistance with math. Tutors are trained to work with students with disabilities, and assistance is more personalized.
- Videotapes – The tutors can show you how to access videos to accompany most of the textbooks used in the math classes at GCC.
- Computer software – Available in the IAC for all math levels, so students may develop their math skills.
- Learning Center – Computer assisted instruction in many levels of math. Students can work independently to improve their math skills.
For Test Taking
- Test Proctoring – As a service to the faculty who may not be able to provide test accommodations themselves. Following IAC procedures, students can make arrangements to take their tests in the distraction-reduced environment of the IAC.
- Extended Time – Either one and a half or two times the amount of time given to the rest of the class is allotted, depending on the student’s disability and the type of test given. No more than four hours is given for final exams.
- Enlarged print or reduced number of items presented on a page – for students with visual perception difficulties or limited vision.
- Spell checker – For classes that are not teaching spelling.
- Calculator or Multiplication Tables – For most math classes
- Reader, taped tests, or tests read by Kurzweil – For students with reading difficulties, the appropriate method will be selected.
- Scribe – For students with writing difficulties, a staff member will write test answers as dictated by the student.
- Proofreader – For students who have difficulty with visual tracking, tests will be reviewed for "careless" errors. Students may be directed to reexamine their answers, or to fix a bubbling error on a scantron.
- Breaks – For students with physical impairments or difficulty focusing for prolonged periods of time. Tests may be split so students can take a break after completing each portion.
For Completing Graduation Requirements
- Academic counseling – Students will be assigned an academic counselor from the CSD for assistance with planning classes.
- Reduced course load – Because it takes students with disabilities more than the average amount of time to study for most classes, they benefit by taking fewer classes per semester.
- Priority registration – Increases students’ ability to select instructors, classrooms, and schedules that best fit the needs created by their educational difficulties.