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Material such as textbooks, handouts and other reading material can be converted to alternative formats including audio, electronic, enlarged and Braille.


Accessible technology options include assistive listening devices, text enlarging software, video magnifiers (CCTV), closed caption decoders, alternative input devices (voice, scanners, etc.), alternative pointing devices (head pointer, trackballs, etc.), spell checkers, talking calculators, tape recorders, large computer monitors, screen reader programs, and ergonomic and mini keyboards. Speak with Center for Accessible Resources staff about technology options that may work for you.

Audio Recording

Audio recording is an appropriate accommodation for many classes. Students can use their own recorders or check one out from Center for Accessible Resources.

Audio recorders are available on loan to record lectures and class discussions.

Note: This accommodation is not appropriate for all classes, especially those where a lot of personal information is shared. In this case, discuss the accommodations you will be using with the instructor, and consider specifically what you need to have recorded. Some instructors will allow recording of lectures, if the recorder is turned off when requested, for example when someone is about to share something private that they would prefer not be recorded.

In-Class Service Providers

Service Providers are Center for Accessible Resources staff who function in-class as sign language interpreters, readers, notetakers, scribes or aides for lecture or lab classes. A Service Provider may be scheduled to be in class full-time or part-time as needed.

In-Class Aides may be provided for eligible students, attending class to assist with academic-related tasks. Duties may include: describing visual material presented in class, assisting with classroom activities or in-class assignments; setting up materials and doing the "hands-on" work in labs.

In-Class Aides in labs will only help to carry out lab procedures that students are unable to complete due to their disabilities. All information about actual lab processes and procedures are the student's responsibility. In-class aides...

  • Will perform only those tasks directed by the student
  • Will not function as a teacher or tutor
  • Will not prompt or guide a student in performing a lab task
  • Must adhere to proper lab procedures

How to Request A Service Provider

  1. Students first need to be set up with the Center for Accessible Resources and be eligible for a Service Provider accommodation. 
  2. Once students have their accommodations set up and have registered for classes, they may put in an online request for the accommodations that are needed for each class. 
  3. Service Provider requests should be received a minimum of two (2) weeks before the start of each term to allow Center for Accessible Resources staff enough time to locate an appropriate Service Provider.

Notetaking, Computer

There are two types of computer notetaking: Computer Assisted Notetaking and AlphaSmart Notetaking.

Notetaking, Volunteer

Volunteer Notetakers are other students taking the same class who have volunteered to assist students.

Sign Language Interpreting

Sign language and oral interpreters can assist students with hearing impairments.

Service Animals

Trained and document service animals who actively provide service to an individual are allowed in campus facilities. The animal must be removed if it directly threatens the health and/or safety of others. It is recommended that the service animals where an indicator, such as a vest or special harness.

Test Accommodations

Testing accommodations may include: extended time for tests and quizzes, separate room testing, use of an audio recorder or computer to record answers, or a service provider to read the test or scribe (write the answers.)