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
- Recording – Student records class lectures, and then replays the lecture to complete notes.
- Shared Notes – Student finds a classmate who is willing to share notes. Student fills in points missed in own notes.
- Note Taker – Arrangements are made to have another student take notes. Student receives carbon copy of notes.
- ClaroRead – Computer software located in the IAC and the High-Tech Center. Text is displayed and read aloud by the computer. ClaroRead also includes a dictionary, thesaurus, and homonym check. Student can obtain a copy to download on home computer.
- 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."
- Learning Ally – Textbooks are read aloud by volunteers and an audio file is created. Student receives an audio version of the textbook so she can hear the text being read as she reads along.
- Enlarged Print – Sometimes makes reading easier for students who have difficulty with visual discrimination or perceptual organization problems.
- ClaroRead – Student uses computer for compositions and writing assignments. ClaroRead 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 – Workshops in many English writing skills. Students can work independently to improve their writing abilities.
- Franklin Talking Dictionary – Handheld device for correct spellings, definitions, and synonyms. Information is displayed and read aloud.
- 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.
- Online instruction - using sites like Youtube and Kahnacademy.org.
- Math/Science Discovery Center – Student and staff tutors are available to answer questions students may have about their math assignments.
For Test Taking
- Test Proctoring –Students take tests/exams in a controlled, distration - reduced environment. Tests requiring computer use are proctored in the High Tech Center (HTC.) If computers are not used, tests are proctored in the Instructional Assistance Center (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.
- Enlarged print or reduced number of items presented per page – for students with visual perception difficulties or limited vision.
- Spell checker – To increase legibility, unless spelling is graded on the test.
- Calculator or Multiplication Tables – For most math classes.
- Reader, recorded tests, or text to speech software– For students with reading difficulties, the appropriate method is selected.
- Scribe – For students with writing difficulties, a staff member writes test answers as dictated by the student.
- Proofreader – For students who have difficulty with visual tracking, tests are 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 are 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 may 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.
For Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students
- Sign language interpreters
- Real time captionists
- Note takers
- VP device for video phone calls
For Visually Impaired Students
- Texts, exams, handouts, etc. in alternate format
- Screen reading software
- Note taking assistance
- 3D graphics