Auxiliary Aids and Services
Students with hearing impairments may be eligible to use an auditory trainer. The College is responsible for supplying this piece of equipment. The faculty member simply attaches the microphone to his/her shirt. The student is able to hear the lecture through an ear piece.
An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided for those students who require it. The Office will work with the student to determine situations outside the classroom where the interpreter will be necessary to meet academic requirements. If the student is being sponsored by ACCES-VR (formally VESID) or another agency it is the student’s responsibility locate and secure funding for the interpreter.
Students with certain disability-related limitations may be eligible to receive note-taking assistance as part of their accommodation plan. The Office attempts to locate students within the class to serve as note- takers. In the event that the office is unable to locate a volunteer, the faculty member will be asked to make a recommendation. Note takers are required to copy their notes after class and drop them off at SSD on a regular basis or deliver them directly to the student in need. Note takers are designed to allow focusing on the lecture and to ensure notes are complete.
***Having a note taker is not an excuse to miss class. Students are expected to attend class regularly. Notes provided by a note-taker should ideally be used to supplement any notes the student with a disability has taken.
The use of a tape recorder or other recording device may also be included on a student’s accommodation plan. The student will provide the necessary recorder and tapes and record the lecture in a discreet manner. New York State law does not allow people to be recorded without their permission. Students afforded this accommodation must alert the faculty member they intend to record the lecture.