The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) offers a wide variety of legally mandated services to students with documented disabilities. After reviewing your documentation, the SSD Director, Assistant Director or Disability Specialist will determine appropriate academic services and accommodations, depending on your functional limitations in the academic setting. The SSD staff will train you in accessing the accommodations for which you are eligible. You will then be responsible for requesting most accommodations in a timely manner and for following SSD policies and procedures for receiving services each semester.
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  • Electronic texts (E-Text)
    E-Text provides a digital file of printed text-based material which can be viewed on a computer. Those files can be vocalized by a computer using text-to-speech technology while simultaneously displaying the words on a monitor.
  • Braille
    Braille is a system of raised dots developed to convey text materials into tactile representations for students who are blind or visually impaired. Students need to be specifically trained in the use of Braille code.
  • Assistive Listening Device (ALD)
    ALD is a personal amplified listening system primarily for individual use; it consists of two devices, a transmitter/microphone for the speaker and a receiver for the listener.

Note:  SSD does not provide personal assistance or equipment i.e. homework assistance, typing, personal laptops or personal aids.


  • Extended time on exams
    The length of time allotted is based on the disability.  The amount of time can range as follows:
         • 150% extended time – time and a half (30 minutes more on an hour exam)
         • 200% extended time – double time (60 minutes more on an hour exam)
  • Quiet, distraction reduced test environment
    A distraction reduced testing environment is a setting outside the usual classroom or testing center that limits interruptions and other environmental influences.
  • Reader and or scribe for exams
         • A “reader” can be a person or a technological device such as “Optlec Reader” which provides an auditory format of written exams.
         • A scribe is someone who writes or types what a student dictates for a written exam.
  • Use of a computer or other adaptive equipment
    Use of a computer or other specialized software allows the student to access exams.  Examples of specialized software are JAWS and Zoomtext.


  • Class Notes/ Notetaker
    A volunteer classmate may provide a supplemental summary of class content either as a carbonless copy or as an email attachment. Notes are provided as a supplement to the classroom experience.  It is not intended to replace regular classroom attendance or participation.  Alternatively, professors may provide a copy of their PowerPoint or an outline of the class lecture prior to class.
  • Assistive notetaking device
    Students are able to use one of the following:

    • a tape recorder
    • a laptop
    • Pulse Smart Pen


  • Sign Language Interpreter
    A sign language interpreter provides communication for D/deaf or hard of hearing students in either American Sign Language or Signed English.
  • Transcriptionist
    A transcriptionist produces text of spoken information using a specific software application. The text can be displayed simultaneously to one or more students via additional laptops or display monitors. A transcriptionist is an individual who converts auditory information into a written transcript.


  • Foreign Language substitution
    A foreign language substitution accommodation replaces a required foreign language course with an alternative course.
  • Early class registration
    Early class registration allows students early access to class registration so that accommodations can be arranged or provided in a timely manner. It generally takes place prior to the time all students are allowed to register.
  • Reduced Course Load
    A reduced course load allows a student to register for a course load that is less than full-time while still being considered a full time student.
  • Housing accommodations

    • Single room
    • Flashing fire alarms
    • Flashing alarm for door

  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance
    Emergency assistance for evacuations refers to the need for a student to receive help in exiting the building in the event of an emergency.
  • Accessible classrooms and testing site
    Wheelchair accessible classrooms and testing area.
  • Assistance in Laboratory setting
    Assistance in laboratory settings deals with physical kinds of adaptations to make the setting accessible.