Assistive Technology & Alternative Formats
Assistive technology is computer-based software or hardware solutions that enables students with disabilities to access information and compensates for the impact of their disabilities. The DRC office has a limited number of programs that can be used by students in our computer lab. In addition, to make a student's laptop accessible for a course or program, the DRC office may loan software to students on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of the programs that the DRC office has are listed below:
- JAWS - Screen reading
- Zoom Text - Screen reading and text enlargement
- Kurzweil 3000 - Screen reading, optical character recognition, and study tools
Alternative text formats are provided to students with verified disabilities that support the need for this accommodation. Students using these accommodations are required to verify that they have purchased a print copy of the text. Students requesting alternative format for texts must submit a list of the books or other materials that they are seeking to the DRC no later than six weeks before the beginning of classes.
Copyright laws allow production or loan of alternative forms of text for individuals with disabilities, but those making copies must be sure students “own” their copy as well. Alternative formats are on loan to the student only for the semester of the course for which the book is required and must be returned to the DRC at the end of the semester. Failure to do so may result in flagging of records for the student who does not return the materials.