Assisted Learning Services
Assisted Learning Services (ALS) provides accessible education to students with disabilities.
We offer assistive technology and accessible websites for student to purchase textbooks in alternative formats.
Resources are customized to meet your individual needs.
Students who meet with an Assisted Learning Services Counselor and verify eligibility may receive assistance.
Most of our services are currently provided by phone or online. Please contact us before coming to campus.
Types of Assistance
Specialized testing conditions include:
- extra time
- large print tests
- use of a computer with text magnification and voice synthesis capabilities
These services are available for classes as well as for some standardized tests.
Textbooks in Alternate Format
Students who require textbooks in alternate format should check for availability through online resources, such as CourseSmart or Bookshare.
If a required textbook is unavailable through those resources, contact the Assisted Learning Services Office. Please request books three weeks in advance to ensure their arrival before the semester begins.
There is a range of equipment available for use by students with physical or learning disabilities. This includes:
- hardware and software that allows text to be scanned and read back to the user
- software that magnifies text on the computer screen
- software that reads or describes most text and icons encountered on a computer screen
This equipment may aid blind or partially sighted individuals as well as those with some types of reading disabilities. Training on some systems may be required. Other adaptive equipment also may be available.
Students who qualify for note-taking assistance will be allowed to use a recording device in classes and may also qualify for a voluntary note-taker.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters for the Classroom
Deaf or hearing-impaired students will be provided with ASL interpreters for the classroom.
Students with documented learning disabilities, visual impairments or other sensory processing challenges may qualify for a reader during testing. A writer will record information for students with physical or visual impairments, if appropriate technology is insufficient.