Services and Accommodations
Extended time is typically 1.5 times the standard test time, although some students may qualify for double time. Completely untimed testing is not an approved accommodation.
Distraction-Reduced Testing Location
Distraction-reduced testing refers to a test administered in a location apart from the standard classroom. The intent is to minimize distractions to the test taker in the form of noise and the presence of other students.
A student may be approved for taking tests with the aid of technology that permits access by means of enlarged print, having the test aloud, or voice recognition. Students may also be approved to use a computer to answer test questions rather than hand writing answers.
A scribe may be provided to mark answers on the test or answer sheet or to write a student’s verbatim oral response to a question. A scribe does not assist a student with composing answers or explaining or clarifying questions.
Brailed or Large Print Tests
Tests can be provided in Braille or large print formats.
In some cases, a student’s disability significantly impacts the taking of tests in a particular format. It may be possible in such instances for the instructor to provide an alternate format test. Any such alternate format test must equally assess the learning objectives measured by the standard format test. Although any discussion of alternate format testing will necessarily involve the student, the faculty member, and the DSS office, it is the faculty member who ultimately determines whether an alternate format test is possible.
ASL interpreter or CART transcriptionist
Assistive Listening Equipment (FM device)
Captioning for video presentations
Copies of instructional materials.
This may include PowerPoint presentations, class handouts, and instructor notes when available and in a format that is pedagogically useful. Such materials can be provided in alternate formats as necessary.
Approval for the use of an audio recorder in the classroom is subject to the conditions listed below:
The class recordings are only for your personal use in study and preparation for that class.
You may not share these recordings with any other person, whether or not that person is in your class.
You acknowledge that the recordings are sources, the use of which in any academic work is governed by rules of academic conduct.
You agree to destroy recordings when they are no longer needed for your academic work and no later than the conclusion of the course.
You understand that failure to adhere to these provisions may result in the loss of permission to use a recorder in future classes.
You are required to sign an agreement to abide by these provisions.
Disability Support Services has a limited number of digital recorders available to students on a semester loan basis.
Note taking assistance
The procedure for obtaining this assistance is described below:
Give your Letter of Accommodation to your instructor and discuss your need for a student note taker. There are several options for securing a note taker.
You may contact a student in the class directly to request note taking assistance.
You can request that the instructor make an announcement to the class that a note taker is needed, without identifying you specifically. You can then identify yourself to the volunteer note taker at a more convenient time.
If you cannot obtain a note taker by the above means, contact DSS and we may be able to help you secure a note taker.
The DSS office can provide your note taker with a carbonless duplicating notebook.
It is your responsibility to work with the note taker to coordinate how and when you will receive the class notes.
Use of a note taker is not a substitute for class attendance. The note taker is not obligated to provide notes for a class you missed. If you miss class for a disability-related reason, you should discuss this with your note taker.
The notes provided to you by the note taker are for your personal use only. You are not to distribute the notes to other students.
Working with the Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) of Indiana University at Bloomington www.indiana.edu/~iuadapts/ along with our in-house processing, we are able to offer the student several different formats for their materials.
This is a book available through electronic means. E-text can come in many different forms, such as Microsoft Word, Kurzweil, or Acrobat Reader (pdf), and in some cases, MP3 files. This is done through a scanning process and subsequent conversion to the desired format.
A staff member will check with the online database to see if an already converted copy is available. If it is, the student’s book will not be needed and it can be returned to the student. If the book is not available, the student’s book will then be taken to be unbound for the scanning process. Once the book has been scanned and processed, the text will be transferred to a CD or flash drive in the student’s desired format. Books that are scanned and converted will be rebound once the conversion process is completed. This process can take up to three or four weeks during high volume times. DSS and ATC will make every effort to complete the request in a timely manner. However, depending upon when the book was received for scanning, it may need to be completed in installments. Other handouts, the course syllabus, or additional text materials can be converted as well.
Some E- texts are now directly available from the publisher. The Office of Disability Support Services has a list of links that may be useful for the student interested in acquiring their texts in this format.
The ATC in Bloomington is able to convert both textbooks and any other class materials to Braille, both Grade One, and Grade Two. This is also a time consuming process, and a lead time of at least a month is desirable for this process as well. The student would bring their books into the DSS and they will be forwarded down to ATC for processing.
Please note: Requests for alternate media materials should be requested from DSS as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery. The Office of Disability Support Services will make every effort to convert materials in a timely manner and in the specific format requested. However, consideration will be given to the most expedient manner and format available in the fulfillment of student requests.
JAWS is a screen reading program that enables the blind or low vision student to access the internet, e-mail, databases, and most other types of documents that can be made available in an electronic format.
Window Eyes is a screen reader program with capabilities similar to JAWS.
ZoomText is a screen magnifier particularly useful to the visually impaired student. It is also a screen reader.
Kurzweil 3000 is a program that, among other things, reads electronic text. The student sees the content on the computer screen while it is being read. This is particularly useful for students with print disabilities.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition program that enables the student to write text by speaking into a headset microphone.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV)
CCTVs are available for the video magnification of print materials.
ComTek Auditory Assistance System
The ComTek device is a wireless FM system that functions as a remote microphone for the hearing impaired user.
Flat-Bed scanners are available for student use.
Large (22”) monitors are provided for adaptive technology software workstations.