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ALTERNATIVE FORMAT TEXTBOOKS

It is to your benefit to set this accommodation up before the semester begins. After your Semester Accommodation Meeting (SAM), you will be contacted by the Assistive Technology Specialist. Please respond promptly so the AT Specialist knows which textbook/s you will need in alternative format for the semester.

AUDIO RECORDING OPTIONS

If your instructor uses live lectures, such as Zoom, you may want to audio record.

  1. If using multiple devices, such as an iPad and Laptop you can use the iPad to record the lecture.
  2. You can use a regular recording device, to record the class lecture.
  3. Ask instructor to record lecture which can be emailed to you after the lecture has finished.

BREAKS

Email your instructor to ask how breaks can best work in the format they are using. If on Zoom, you can send your professor a private chat message.

ELECTRONIC NOTE-TAKING (LAPTOP, IPAD, ETC.)

If you have multiple devices to use at home, such as a Laptop/PC and an iPad you can use multiple screens for different purposes. Your laptop or PC to show class and the iPad for note-taking.
Another option is to split your screen so one side of the screen is for the online class and one side of the screen is for taking notes.
Directions to split the monitor screen in two in Windows 7, 8 or 10

  1. Depress the left mouse button and “grab” the window in an empty area at the top.
  2. Keep the mouse button depressed and drag the window all the way over to the RIGHT or LEFT of your screen. Or you can simply right click on task bar and select Show Windows Side by Side.
  3. Now you should be able to see the other open window, behind the half window that’s to the right.
  4. To go back to viewing one document click on Maximize (the square) to left of X on upper right of document.

EXTENDED TIME FOR TESTING ONLINE

The Learning Accommodations Center is not scheduling or proctoring tests, due to COVID restrictions. Complete your Semester Accommodations Meeting (SAM) early so your Accommodations Letter can be emailed to Faculty by the start of the semester. You should also email your instructor/s to remind them about your extra time for taking tests.

NOTE-TAKING

If you are approved for this accommodation, the Learning Accommodation Center will reach out to your instructor. We will ask the instructor to make an announcement in class that someone needs a note taker. The need for a note taker may depend on the class format used by your instructor. You may want to email your instructor to ask about receiving copies of the notes or PowerPoint presentation used during the online lecture.

You may also want to consider the use of electronic note taking devices – see Electronic Note-Taking section. There are note taking apps available that may be useful when taking notes.
Check out the Note Taking and Study Support section in the Apps for iOS and Android Devices (PDF) document for more information.

REDUCED DISTRACTIONS

During remote testing, some accommodations, including “reduced distractions,” are not administered by the LA Center since the testing environment is controlled by the student test taker. If you need quiet to concentrate during test taking, consider the noise and distraction level of where you are testing. Consider wearing headphones or earplugs to block out noise.

SCREEN READERS

If using screen reader software such as JAWS, NVDA or Voiceover, communicate with your instructor/s to remind them of the technology you are using and what works best with your screen reader software. There are accessibility settings available in Zoom and Blackboard that may make online lectures work smoother and the use of an external microphone with built in mute/unmute button may make it easier to speak during Zoom meetings.

TEXT-TO-SPEECH

Text to Speech is where the computer or tablet reads the words on the screen out loud to the user. There are free software and apps available. NaturalReader is a very popular one and offers a free downloadable version or you can use their online version. Check out the Text to Speech and Speech to Text section in the Apps for iOS and Android Devices (PDF) document for more information.

We are here for you. If you have any questions, contact the Learning Accommodations Center at lacenter@necc.mass.edu.

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