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Academic Accommodations

Accommodations and supportive services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Extended time testing
  • Testing in a reduced distraction environment
  • Referrals to outside resources for diagnostics and documentation
  • Consults and loaner program for assistive technology
  • Note taking services
  • Interpreters
  • Alternate format texts
  • Reduced semester course load
  • Accessible classrooms
  • Individual supportive counseling
  • Coaching with regards to academic strategies, time management, self-advocacy skills and managing functional limitations
  • Consultation with faculty and staff

Lecture Recordings

Students must get the permission of their faculty members to record lectures.

Class Notes

Class notes may be provided for a student's individual classes when the documentation supports the need for such an accommodation. This accommodation is offered when a student is unable to capture information presented in the class. Note taking is a volunteer service and is coordinated through the Academic Access and Disability Resources Office (AADR) in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Note taking is designed to supplement a student's own note taking (if able to take notes) or provide notes if the student is unable to take notes; it is not a substitute for class attendance. The class attendance policy as described in the class syllabus and/or student handbook still applies.

If you would like more information about note taking as an accommodation please contact the office at AADR@davidson.edu.

Once approved for this accommodation through the AADR office, students will receive emails when note takers are found for their classes and they are given the information regarding where to pick up their notes. Notes are deposited weekly into confidential (color-coded) class notes files housed in the CTL. Students should check these folders weekly to pick up their notes. The note takers are volunteers and it is the recipient's responsibility to notify the AADR office staff immediately if they are not receiving notes.

Volunteer Note Takers

The AADR office solicits volunteer note takers. An email is sent to classes where note takers are needed and any student interested in being a volunteer note taker should respond to the email. Volunteer note takers must take their notes once a week to the CTL to make free copies or email them and place them in a color-coded file in the CTL for pickup. All correspondence is done confidentially, without any identifying information of the student receiving notes or the volunteer note taker.

Assistive Technology

The AADR offers the following assistive equipment and software.

Livescribe

The Livescribe pen is about the size of a large pen (5/8" x 6 1/8"), and is equipped with a removable ballpoint ink cartridge, a microphone to record audio, a speaker for playback, a small display screen, infra-red camera, and internal flash memory that captures handwritten notes, audio and drawings. The user can choose to record audio in addition to the handwritten text. Recorded audio is kept indexed with the handwritten text-tapping on a written word starts playback of the recorded audio from that part of the recording. The Livescribe pen is available for any student with the approved accommodation of recording class lectures. A student should not record lectures until they and the faculty member have received confirmation of approved audio recording of class lectures. When approved the AADR has an inventory of Livescribe Pens to loan to students free of charge. For more information, please contact the office at AADR@davidson.edu.

Read and Write Gold Software

Read and Write Gold (RWG) is a screen reading app that makes the web, documents and files more accessible for students by changing text to speech and is designed to improve reading comprehension. This program is available to any student, faculty or staff member at the college as a free download. The program includes the following.

  • Text reading in quality computerized voices
  • Editing tools such as a spell checker, word predictor, dictionary, word wizard thesaurus and a sounds alike tool that helps users determine if they've chosen the correct homophones in their writing
  • An MP3 converter to convert text into files for later playback in an MP3 player
  • A pronunciation tutor, fact finding tool, fact mapping graphic organizer tool
  • A floating toolbar that allows users to access Read & Write Gold from within other programs such as word processing programs or PDF reader programs.

The AADR office provides RWG trainings, including the basic download and installation instructions.

Sonocent

Audio Notetaker from Sonocent is an interactive note taking tool. It serves as an anchor for recording, reviewing and interacting with class lectures. Audio Notetaker visualizes audio by creating bars of color that begin to grow when the instructor starts talking and end after each verbal pause. In essence, the lecture is "chunked" into manageable units of information without relying on written words. Audio Notetaker can incorporate an instructor's PowerPoint, PDFs, and other visual content for lecture, thus allowing students to record some basic annotation of the combined audio and visual either at that time or later after class.

Audio Notetaker recordings are more than just the audio recordings created by a digital recorder, smartphone, or laptop alone. Audio Notetaker allows a student to focus on listening during class and to review the audio recording of lecture later, annotating and highlighting important content. Audio Notetaker captures a lecture in manageable, visual "chunks," rather than a long tedious audio recording.

Audio Notetaker is available for any student with the approved accommodation of recording class lectures. A student should not record lectures until they and the faculty member have received confirmation of approved audio recording of class lectures. When approved, please contact please contact the office at AADR@davidson.edu for download and setup instructions.

Dragon Speak

Dragon Speak Naturally is a Speech Recognition software that takes away the mechanical aspects of typing and let users create and edit documents, send email, or search the web with unparalleled speed, ease, and comfort–simply by speaking. Dragon Speak Naturally is available in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for interested students. For more information on this software, please contact please contact the office at AADR@davidson.edu.

Kurzweil 3000

The Kurzweil 3000 is a text to speech program that is available in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for students to use. For more information on this software, please contact the office at AADR@davidson.edu.