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  • Exam Proctored in Distraction Reduced DSPS Testing Office: Tests are administered at the DSPS testing center at the LAC (A-1148) or PCC (GG-107) campus.
  • Calculator: Eligible students may use a non-graphic calculator on their tests.  Students may only use a graphic calculator if their instructor indicates that it is required for the test.
  • Reader: Students unable to use print or prefer auditory material are urged to utilize alternate media sources. When possible, we will obtain audio file books from outside sources or electronic texts from publishers. If these are not available, print materials can be scanned to disk, transferred to audio file or read directly from the computer with a screen reader. These solutions provide effective, independent and economical methods to read textbooks. If these solutions are not effective, personal reader service for required course materials will be considered.
  • Scribe: Adaptive Technology software may be used (speech-to-text) or staff may provide writing services during student exams.



  • Note-Taking Assistance:  Eligible students may also utilize classmates who volunteer to take notes. Notes can be provided in one or more formats.
  • Recording of Lectures: Students may record audio files and store them on a computer, smartphone, or other digital recording device. Students are advised to inform their instructors when they intend to record during class.
  • In Class Aide: The provision of an in-class assistant may be provided if there are no other satisfactory solutions available in the classroom which will compensate for their educational limitations.
  • Access, Seating:  Alternative to traditional classroom desk.
  • Access, Location:  A reserved seat in a particular location in the classroom.
  • Access, Desk:  Alternatives to regular classroom desks such as
    • Chair separate from desk
    • Adjustable height table
    • Podium


  • Priority Enrollment: DSPS students who have completed their intake appointment with a counselor may qualify for priority registration.  All students must also meet academic criteria set by Admissions and Records. For more information, please contact a DSPS counselor. 
  • Braille Transcription: Books and classroom material in Braille format.
  • Text in Alternate Format: Students with physical limitations can have their books and classroom material converted to MS Word or Adobe PDF.
  • Sign Language Interpreter: Interpreters may be provided to facilitate communication for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students.  Interpreters will relay all spoken and/or signed communication (lecture, discussion, interaction with peers) in the setting to which they are assigned.  It is essential that the interpreter(s) place themselves in direct line of sight between the student and the speaker in order to optimize the student’s access to information.  An interpreter does not serve as an aide or tutor.
  • RealTime Captioner: A Real Time Captioner (RTC) or “Writer” uses equipment similar to that used by a court reporter to create a transcript of all dialogue in the classroom or other setting.  The student views this transcript in real time on a laptop computer or similar device.  Whereas optimal seating for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing student is typically in the front of the room, the RTC provider will place themselves where they can best hear the lecture content and, if needed, utilize a power source.
  • Closed Captioning facilitation for Video Resources: All video material, regardless of source, must be accurately captioned before use.  As quality of after-market captioning varies dramatically, video clips from sources such as YouTube should be checked for accuracy prior to use in an instructional setting.  For assistance with media captioning, please contact the Alternate Media Specialist at Ext. 4922.
  • Assistive Listening Devices: Improves the hearing ability for people in a variety of situations where they are not able to distinguish speech in noise.
  • Registration Assistance: Eligible students may receive assistance with course registration.
  • Text-to-Speech Software: Kurzweil 3000 is a book/document software for students who need material read to them.
  • Speech-to-Text Software: Also known as Voice Recognition Software, takes audio content and transcribes it into typed words.