Monday, April 14, 2014

Reasonable Accommodations for College Students

Once out of high school, students may continue to need their assistive technology devices in college.  "Under Section 504 and the ADA, colleges must provide--at no cost to the student--reasonable accommodations to make their programs accessible to students with disabilities" (Dell, Newton, Petroff, 2012).  The following accommodations should be provided for students throughout their time at a college or university.

Typical Non-technology Accommodations
Technology-Based Accommodations
Note taking
Student note takers using carbonless paper
Use of a portable note taker Smart pen to record lectures and sync to notes

Whiteboard capturing devices
Understanding lectures
Sign language interpreters
C-print captioning

Assistive listening system
Taking tests
Extended time on tests

Distraction free environment for testing
Word processing application for essay exams

Use of spell-check feature or handheld speller

Use of calculator

Text-to-speech software for reading support
Accessing course materials
Sign-language interpreted videos

Arranging for materials to be translated into Braille
Captioned videos

Providing handouts in electronic format

Making course web sites accessible
Providing readers
Books in alternate formats

Scan/read systems with highlighting and text-to speech
Text readers, Audio books, Video magnifiers
Completing papers and assignments

Screen magnification applications

Screen-reading applications

Text-to-speech and word prediction

Voice recognition

Graphic organizer
Accessing the Internet

Providing screen magnification, screen reading, or text to speech applications
Registering for Classes
Priority registration
Making college web based systems accessible

Providing telecommunications device for the deaf

E-mail, text messaging, instant messaging

Video relay system


Dell, A.G., Newton, D.A., Petroff, J.G. (2012).  Assistive Technology in the Classroom; Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities.  2nd Edition. 

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