Accessibility Services & Accommodations
Requests for Services:
To ensure that needs are met, students must register with Accessibility Services upon enrollment and at the start of each term for which they are requesting services. A student must make a specific request for services or accommodations. Based upon the documentation, the Accessibility Services will authorize the needed accommodations. The College will make determinations on an individual basis regarding its provision of services to ensure that students are not subject to discrimination on the basis of disability. Please understand that we need a reasonable amount of time to evaluate the documentation, review the request, and make a determination.
To ensure that needs are met, students must notify the Accessibility Services of their request for services. Since this process for services is interactive, students must meet with the Accessibility Specialist for that interactive meeting at least once for the initial intake, and again at least once more for the discussion of the accommodations that are being provided through the Faculty Letter. The Faculty Letter of a student’s accommodations cannot be disseminated to the faculty without the student’s verbal or written agreement for the Accessibility Specialist to do so.
Notification to Accessibility Services at email@example.com and an interactive meeting with the Accessibility Specialist must also be made by the student at the start of each term for which they are requesting services.
- Eligibility for Services
- General Information
- Students are encouraged to submit any prior assessments and/or evaluative reports conducted by evaluators, physicians, medical professionals, etc., which may assist in determining appropriate accommodations. Documentation should be current and relevant to the requested accommodations.
- While a Summary of Performance (SOP), Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Plan provide helpful information, these documents alone may not provide sufficient information to determine appropriate accommodations in the postsecondary environment.
- Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case by case basis, considering the nature of the condition(s) and resulting impact in the postsecondary environment. A student’s program of study and the courses a student is enrolled will also inform the types of accommodations that are appropriate.
- Prior receipt of accommodations (e.g., in high school or in another University setting) will inform the process of determining appropriate accommodations at Wagner College however, they do not guarantee receipt of the same accommodations.
- While the law requires that priority consideration be given to the specific methods requested, it does not imply that a particular accommodation must be granted if it is deemed not reasonable or other suitable methods are available.
- Professionals (e.g., physicians or other medical professionals) conducting assessment, rendering diagnoses of specific conditions and making recommendations for appropriate accommodations must be qualified to do so.
- testing accommodations: proctors, extended time in a separate, distraction-reduced room
- specialized advising and skills instruction
- priority registration and advising assistance
- provision of information to professors
- paid membership in Learning Ally, Bookshare
- Assistive technology such as Kurzweill, CCTV, Smart Pen, JAWS
Depending on Documentation the following services are provided, but not limited to:
- Advocacy to college administration
- Testing accommodations, including proctors and/or extended time in a separate, distraction-reduced room.
- Learning disabilities-related advisement
- Preferential registration and advisement
- Provision of information to professors
- Paid membership in Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D)
- Assistive technology
College personnel are available to discuss a range of disability management issues such as course load, learning strategies, academic accommodations, and referral to campus and community resources.
The student has the right to file an appeal concerning any allegations of failure to comply with laws, regulations and policies set forth for students with disabilities at Wagner College. A student wishing to file a complaint may do so in writing to the Office of the Provost located in Union.
|Software that is helpful for those with low vision by allowing the user to magnify everything viewed on a computer, including icons, text, and web pages. It will also read the text it magnifies.
|Serves all patrons with any sensory or learning challenges. Kurzweil software can scan print materials and “read” scanned images, text files, or PDF documents aloud. This advanced software also allows users to save readings as MP3 files which can be downloaded to your iPod or other MP3 player for reading anywhere.
|Dolphin Easy Reader
|Will read audio books aloud. Any books (including textbooks) recorded by the national non-profit agency Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic can be played on the system.
|Dragon Naturally Speaking
|Useful for users with dysgraphia or mobility challenges. This advanced voice recognition software allows users to dictate to the computer and the system will type your dictation.
|Hands Free Mouse
|Assists users with mobility challenges in using computer software.
|Available in the Horrmann Library
|Available in the Horrmann Library and the Spiro Computer Center.
|Livescribe Smart Pen