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Accommodation Description

  • American Sign Language Interpreters: ASL Interpreters can be provided for classes. SDS advisors submit requests for sign language interpreting services to SDS by contacting sds-deafhoh@uiowa.edu.  

    Please note: Interpreting requests for other events need to be made by the sponsoring department on campus.  SDS can be utilized as a resource for referral information. 

  • Audio Format
    • Read&Write GOLD - A literacy software with support tolls for reading, writing, research, and studying. Reformatted materials provided by Media Services will be Adobe PDF text-searchable files that are compatible with Read&Write GOLD. Students may install this software for free by using the following link along with their HawkID and password:  http://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/software/download/rwgold/.

  • Calculator: the student may use the type of calculator specified by the instructor for all quizzes and exams.

  • Captioning videotape and film in the classrooms: the Deaf/HOH Services Coordinator works with classroom instructors and departments to use closed or open captioned videos, subtitled DVDs, or transcripts.

  • Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART):  is an option when sign language interpreters are not used.  A speech-to-text provider is seated in the classroom with a specialized stenography equipment.  The lecturer’s words are captioned on the deaf/hoh student's laptop or electronic device.

    • Remote CART is when the speech-to-text provider is physically located in a remote location.  The lecturer’s words are captioned on the deaf/hoh student's laptop via internet connection with the speech-to-text provider. 

  • Extended time: the length of the exam is extended to time and a half or double time.

  • FM System: are available for students to check out at SDS at no charge on a semester-by-semester basis.  Many of the sound systems in the large auditoriums throughout the University are equipped with FM systems.  The receivers used with earphones, a neckloop, or an ear bud allow direct sound from the microphone to the student without extraneous noises.    

  • Notetaking Services:  some students may have difficulty with notetaking due to limited fine motor skills, a hearing impairment, a visual impairment, or a processing disorder caused by a learning or psychological disability. Notetaking services are provided as a supplement to the classroom experience. It is not intended to replace regular classroom attendance or participation.
    • Student:  Instructor should assist student in securing the services of a classmate as a volunteer notetaker by making an announcement in class. The identity of the student with a disability should be kept confidential.
    • Instructor: Instructor can choose to provide his or her own lecture notes and/or presentations.

  • Other: the student may qualify for other test accommodations as determined by SDS. This may include, but not be limited to, items such as the following:
    • breaks during the exam period
    • food or drink available during the exam period
    • exams may need to be rescheduled if condition exacerbates
    • exams should be scheduled for certain time periods during the day
    • Instructor discretion to use list of words or notes during exam

  • Preferential seating:  some students with disabilities may require preferential seating in the classroom. This may include seating in the front, side, or back of the classroom depending on the individual student's needs. Some students may also require a table and/or chair arranged through SDS.

  • Reduced distraction testing environment: the student is placed in either a room with a limited number of students or alone.

  • Scribe
    • Scantron: a staff member will fill in the scantron form from the answers circled on the exam paper.
    • Essay: the student will dictate the answers to a staff member for short answer and essay questions.
    • Dragon: the student will use the software package to translate speech into written format.
    • Graph: a staff member will draw the graph(s), chart(s) or other image as dictated by the student.

  • Tape Recording lectures:  Student may tape record lectures and discussions. The student is responsible for providing his/her own tape recorder and tapes.

  • Visual Format
    • Brailed
    • Enlarged: the exam should be delivered in font to the specified size
    • Jaws/eformat: the exam is delivered in a special format that the software package can “read” to the student.

  • Wheelchair accessible rooms: Classroom locations may be changed to meet the needs of a student with a temporary or permanent mobility-related impairment. Instructors should monitor the classroom layout to ensure doorways and aisles are clear of obstruction.  Accessibility should be taken into account when planning field trips required by the course. Laboratory courses may require a modification of tables and the placement of equipment.

  • Word Processor: the student will use Word to type the answers to the exam.