Center for Accessibility

(Formally Disability Support Services)

Mission Statement

To create an educational environment that is conducive to learning for students with disabilities through:

  1. reasonable and ethical accommodations;
  2. a faculty/staff that integrates sensitivity with expertise; and
  3. transitional planning that promotes a sense of community through the utilization of networking, resources and supports.

Paula Stewart Davis, Director, Counseling & Support Services

(609) 343-5091 pdavis@atlantic.edu
Michael Barnes, Assistant Director,
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5032 mbarnes@atlantic.edu
Lucy McGlynn, Counselor III,
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5090 lmcglynn@atlantic.edu
Chad Bullock, Senior Manager, Adaptive Technology, Center for Accessibility (609) 343-5107 cbullock@atlantic.edu
Victor M. Moreno, Office Assistant,   Center for Accessibility (609) 343-5680 vmoreno@atlantic.edu

Quick Links:

 

Definition of Disability

A person with a disability is defined as an individual who has or is regarded as having any mental or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities such as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. This includes, but is not limited to, such disabling conditions as visual impairments, psychological/emotional disabilities, speech and/or hearing impairments, mobility impairments or learning disabilities.

 

Reasonable Accommodations

 

Eligibility

Eligibility for student accommodations is based on medical and/or other professional documentation of disability as well as the impact the disability has on the students’ access to their education. Contact the Assistant Director of The Center for Accessibility (CFA) for information about appropriate documentation of disabilities. Call 609-343-5680, email cfa@atlantic.edu or stop in the Office of Counseling and Student Support. Please note this is an individualized process, and will vary based on student needs. It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to identify himself/herself as having a disability and to request academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or modifications necessary to receive equal access to the College’s program, activities and services. The person with a disability can initiate self-identification by seeking assistance from The Center for Accessibility. Students who self-identify elsewhere will be referred to the Center for Accessibility.

Provision of Accommodations

In order to receive accommodations in a timely manner students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the CFA for documentation review and individualized need assessment. The process for obtaining reasonable accommodations is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit the CFA In-take Form
    Upon completion of this form, the student will receive a confirmation email of their submission. Students are encouraged to call 609-343-5680, email cfa@atlantic.edu or stop by if accommodations are needed to complete this form. This can also be completed in person, at the time of the intake. 
  2. Schedule an intake meeting
    Upon receipt of the registration form a representative from CFA will contact the student to schedule an intake meeting with the assigned counselor. This meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone.
  3. Submit appropriate documentation
    On or before the intake meeting, students must submit documentation, which includes a diagnosis of medical condition(s) and sufficient information regarding the impact on the students ability to perform and/or function. Documentation must support the need for the accommodations requested. Please consult the CFA guidelines for examples of acceptable documentation. (link).

    The documentation can be submitted in one of three ways.
  4. Sending as an email attachment to: cfa@atlantic.edu
  5. Faxing to 609-343-5680
  6. Bringing the documentation to the intake appointment
  7. Determination
    Upon completion of the intake, The Center for Accessibility will review the submitted documentation.   Students will receive a response within 10 business days with one of the following application statuses:

Reasonable Accommodations Approved: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations have been approved, the student will be required to schedule a follow up meeting with their assigned counselor to finalize the process for receiving accommodations. This meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone.

More Information Needed: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations cannot be approved due to insufficient documentation the student will be notified via email that will specifically outline the additional documentation or information needed.

Application Not Approved: when a determination is made that the student is not entitled to the accommodation requested, the student will receive notice of the denial, via email. A student may request a follow up meeting with the Center for Accessibility in order to discuss rationale for the denial, and to advise the student of his/her right to seek reconsideration and to appeal the determination.

Areas of Responsibility For Providing Accommodations

  • The Center for Accessibility does not have the sole responsibility for providing modifications and or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities. Rather, it is the function of this office to assist and enable all areas of the college to meet mandated responsibilities. Recommendations for the services will be developed in consultation with the appropriate faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • The Right To Succeed: Atlantic Cape Community College believes that all students are entitled to an equal opportunity to succeed academically.
  • Faculty are requested to inform students about services available to them through the CFA
  • Atlantic Cape Community College is committed to ensuring that all accommodations are implemented in a timely manner under the supervision of the Center for Accessibility.

 

GUIDELINES FOR ACCOMMODATIONS

 

Extended time for tests and examinations:

  1. The student is responsible for scheduling their exam with the Testing Center at least 5 days in advance of the exam.
  2. Extended time tests (duration to be determined at time of intake based on provided student documentation) may be proctored by someone designated by the Assistant Director of the Center for Accessibility in consultation with the director of testing services at the specific campus where the test is to be taken, or by the faculty member giving the exam.
  3. Every effort will be made to ensure the student is able to take the test at the same date and time as their peers.
  4. It is faculty responsibility to ensure the testing center has the exam before the test date. Under no circumstances are students to transport their tests and/or examinations to the Testing Center. Security of the test materials is then provided by the Testing Center staff. The faculty member may pick up the test or arrange for delivery under secure conditions.
  5. Proctors who act as scribes and/or readers for CFA students will read test items exactly as given. Proctor readers will not provide additional information, interpretation or definitions about test items unless specifically included as part of the modifications provided to students.
  6. Tests will be administered in accordance with written instructions from the instructor.

 

Extended Time for Written Assignments

To be provided on a case-by-case basis after consultation between the course instructor and the Assistant Director of the Center for Accessibility.

Audio Recording of Class Lectures

Permitted for each student who has been given the accommodation by the CFA. The College may require the student to sign a Recording agreement specifying limited use of the taped material.

Note Takers

To be provided for students who, because of developmental physical and/or learning disabilities, need assistance with taking lecture notes during class sessions. This need must be specifically defined in the documentation provided by the student. Note takers are not required to attend class and take notes when it is known that the student receiving this service will be absent for any reason. Note taking software and assistive technologies that specifically assist in note taking are available to all CFA students with this approved accommodation. Call us or stop by for a demonstration. 

Sign Language Interpreters

The student who qualifies for this service is responsible for contacting the Interpreter, as much in advance as possible, when the student will not be attending class.

Aides/Personal Assistants

The College does not provide Personal Aides or Assistants. It does not provide services of a personal nature, which includes assistance in transporting, eating, toilet usage, guides and dressing, etc. If students have questions on how to obtain a personal care attendant the CFA will provide pertinent referral information.

Specialized Equipment

The College does not provide personal devices such as wheelchairs, and individually prescribed devices such as hearing aids. Information on modified or specialized equipment available at the college may be obtained in the office of Counseling and Student Services.

Building and Room Location

When necessary, classes may be moved to an accessible location to accommodate a student with impaired mobility, or under documented special circumstances. This determination shall be made, by the Assistant Director of CFA. The Assistant Director will consult with the faculty member and the head of the department for the specific course regarding the selection of an alternate location.

Course Substitution

  1. Course substitution will be considered as a reasonable accommodation if supported by documentation and provided the substitution does not fundamentally alter the nature of the academic program in which the student is enrolled or excuse the student from courses that are integral to that program.
  2. This decision shall be made by the Academic Dean of the Division of the student's major field in consultation with appropriate faculty, the Assistant Director of CFA, and/or the ADA/504 Coordinator.

Transportation

  1. If a field trip is scheduled for a class in which a disabled student is enrolled and transportation is provided by the college, the transportation will be handicapped accessible.
  2. Field trips and field experiences for courses that have enrolled students with disabilities must be made to accessible sites. If there is an insurmountable barrier to providing access to a site that is essential to the course or program, students with disabilities denied access must be provided an alternative educational experience that offers comparable and equal instructional benefits.

 

Assistive Technology/Resource Room

In keeping with our mission statement, this area has been designed to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for students who have diverse disabilities and different styles of learning. Accordingly, there is both software and hardware to meet the needs of individuals who are auditory, visual, “hands-on,” or combination learners. The following provides a brief description of are current assistive technology. There are six computers available which are linked to a printer in the Resource Room. Students with disabilities are encouraged to utilize the assistive technology available.

Software

ZoomText Magnifier/Screen Reader Jaws (Win) :

Software designed specifically to meet the needs of the visually impaired. The ZoomText family includes two adaptive technologies: screen magnification and screen reading and provides complete access to all Windows applications.

 

Jaws (Job Access With Speech):

Screen reading and screen magnification software for blind and visually impaired computer users. It works with the Windows operating system, outputs to refreshable Braille displays without the use of monitor or mouse.

 

Kurzweil 1000:

An advanced scanning and reading solution that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people with blindness and visual impairments, speaking text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified for individual preferences.

 

Duxbury Braille Translator:

 

Duxbury Braille Translator software supports over 130 languages, and produces contracted or uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.

 

FS Reader:

Freedom Scientific's FSReader DAISY player software opens a world of accessible reading material for people who are blind or visually impaired. DAISY is an acronym for Digital Accessible Information System. FSReader delivers a host of powerful navigation tools for reading.

 

MathType:

A graphical editor for mathematical equations, allowing entry with the mouse or keyboard in a full graphical WYSIWYG environment. Supports many math markup languages, including MathML for use with other adaptive technologies.

 

MAGic Screen Magnification Software:

A screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. MAGic can help you work more efficiently with business applications, documents, email, navigating the Internet, and engaging in social networking.

 

NVDA: 

Short for Non Visual Desktop Access. NVDA is a screen reading software that works with Microsoft Windows and is available in 43 languages.

 

Apple Voice Over:

Built-in on Macintosh computers. Activate it by going to the Apple menu and choosing System Preferences. Then go to Universal Access and click the VoiceOver Utility button. Turn on VoiceOver by pressing Command-F5. Then, hold down the Control and Option Keys and press F8.

Hardware

Livescribe Smartpen:

Designed to work and write like a premium ballpoint pen, the Livescribe 3 smart pen uses Bluetooth Smart to send all written material to the user’s smartphone or tablet. The pen, which is a size of a regular pen, has the ability to work simultaneously with your smart device. The user has the capability to link a smart device to the pen; once the user turns on the application on their device, the individual will write on the specialized notebook which will show immediately on the smart device that is next to it.  Or, they may choose to write in the paper and upload via Wi-Fi or USB connection later.

 

Echo Smartpen:

Similar to the Livescribe in all aspects of friendly usability and function, the Echo pen is designed specifically for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) equation needs in mind. This pen is an excellent tool to boost any student’s confidence in not only their understanding of material, but will also plays an important role in developing their ability to note take.

 

Victor Reader Stream:

Handheld media player for the blind and visually impaired that plays DAISY books, MP3, MP4, EPUB, and many other media formats. Easily access over 36,000 web radio stations, wireless access to rich media content, records voice and media with built-in microphone or line-in.

Two built-in, human-sounding voices for a pleasant text-to-speech experience. Built-in wireless networking capability.

 

Portable Magnifiers:

Portable high definition handheld video magnifiers that can magnify an object from two to thirteen times its size. These fold away ergonomically designed devices are equipped with auto focus, HD cameras, and contrasting color modes. These device can save and store images that can easily be transferred to a computer via a USB connection.

 

Everest V4 Braille Embosser:

Double sided braille embosser equipped with many features included a 50-page single sheet feeder, automatic document split for braille volumes, network ready, and multiple paper formats.

 

Epson Perfection Scanners:

A premium value that adds automated document scanning capabilities with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution. Makes it easy for anyone to quickly scan photos or documents. Our scanners work in conjunction with speech recognition software applications.

 

SARA:

Freedom Scientific’s Scanning and Reading Appliance. A stand alone device designed to ass the blind and those with low vision read printed materials. SARA uses optical character recognition to scan pages and then reads the content of that page back with human-sounding synthesized speech.

 

ONYX Desktop XL:

Makes seeing printed type, pictures, handwriting, and small details easy. Includes features for document reading, distance reading, self viewing, autofocus, increased and decreased brightness, masking, reading lines, freeze frame, and find functions to easily target distant objects.

 

VERA:

or “Very Easy Reading Apparatus” is designed for students who are blind or with low vision. It is also a very helpful tool for students with learning disabilities. The VERA System takes a picture of printed material with its scanner and then reads the text in crisp, clear speech through and internal synthesizer.

 

Eye Pal Solo:

Hand motion activated, easy to use scanner/reader device designed to make reading and other everyday tasks easier to perform. Eye-Pal SOLO reads printed material from books, newspapers, magazines, mail, and more - without the need of a computer.

 

Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier:

The Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier displays printed materials in high-contrast black text on white or white text on black. The white text on black (negative image) is ideal for reading text because there is less glare. Four simple controls are all it takes to use this device: An On/Off switch, a Magnification Lever, a Picture Control Selector, and a Fine Focus Knob.

 

Big Keys Keyboards:

For individuals with advanced keyboard needs, who benefit from large, brightly colored keys.

 

Orion Talking Graphing Calculators:

Full speech access to all menus, mathematical expressions, text and symbols displayed on screen among other features.

 

Olympus DM - 620 Audio/Digital Recorders:

Equipped with a voice guidance system that ensures seamless, user-friendly operation of all functions in the menu, this microphone system allows high-quality audio capture. This mobile device has 4GB of built in memory, a microSD card slot and three recording formats. It also comes with multiple language display, and a battery charge function.

 

Need More Information?

Visit Counseling and Support Services Office in J-117 or call us at (609) 343-5680 or e-mail Center for Accessibility at cfa@atlantic.edu.