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Glossary of Accommodations

A selection of accommodations are described in the following section.

Details of Selected Accommodations

Accessible Furniture

Accessible furniture may be provided to students for whom the standard desks and chairs in classrooms are inaccessible. This may include a different chair or a different desk.

Alternate Media

Students eligible for this accommodation will receive their textbooks and other course materials in Adobe PDF, Word or Kurzweil formats. Students may also be eligible to receive their materials in enlarged print or Braille formats.  A few of the features offered in Alt Media enable students to:

  • Customize reading options: speed, mode, and units
  • Zoom in for low vision
  • 31 natural text-to-speech voices 
  • Highlight in six color options and marks in a red or blue circle
  • Extract notes and highlighters into a study guide
  • Access definitions instantly 
  • Translate full sentences and passages (18 languages and dialects)
  • Read embedded bubble notes, text notes, and sticky notes (or hide them)
  • Customize text-to-speech reading options (i.e., speak as you type)
  • Correct misspellings with spell-checker
  • Word prediction recommends words based on frequency
  • Cross-out text in assignments and tests online
  • Speech-to-text function allows for dictation 

Assignment Accommodations

Extended time on out of class assignments is an accommodation that is approved on a case-by-case basis by SSD and only if it will not interfere with the essential course requirements. Assignment accommodations are agreed to in collaboration with faculty.

Assistive Listening Devices

SSD has two sound amplification systems available which provide a excellent sound. 

Cart Service

Students with a permanent or temporary physical disability may have access to cart services. The services provided are individualized and scheduled upon a first-come, first-served basis. The request can be submitted through the online cart service request, email, or by calling our office.

Class Aide

Class aides are provided by SSD based on individual needs and situations for the classroom. If a student believes that they may need a class aide, they should contact their SSD counselor to make a request. 

Exam Accommodations

The purpose of exam accommodations is to provide an equal testing opportunity based on the educational limitation of the student. “Test,” as used in this context, refers to quizzes and examinations taken during the term in conjunction with an academic class, as well as graded lab demonstrations in the SSD office or proctored by SSD online via Zoom.

Notetaking Services

Notetaking is an accommodation that assists a student with the gathering of quality notes from their courses. 

Priority Registration

This accommodation assists students in registering for the classes that they need in order to complete their academic goals and provides more time for more complex accommodations to be implemented before courses begin. NOTE: It is important to make sure that they have no holds on their MyCoyote account which could get in the way of their priority registration that the SSD office is not in control of.  If a student is continuing on with graduate work, they must notify the SSD office. Students enrolled through the Over 60 Program or Open University (OU) are not eligible to receive priority registration.

Real-Time and Remote Captioning

A real-time captionist transcribes via the stenograph, translated into English, and printed on the screen of a laptop computer. In the classroom setting, the student sits next to the captionist and reads the lecture via the laptop. In the remote environment, the captionist transcribes the session which the student views through streamtext. 


SignGlasses technology enables deaf/profoundly hard-of-hearing students to receive real-time sign language interpreting or captioning visible through a pair of glasses connected to an interpreter or via a tablet or laptop. In addition, the SignGlasses software allows students to re-watch every lecture with interpreting or captioning overlaid, make their own timestamped lecture notes, and bookmark important parts of the lecture. 

Sign Language Interpreters

Interpreters are primarily for American Sign Language (ASL) students to ensure that effective communication takes place into the classroom environment and the virtual environment such as class lectures or student activities. 

SmartPen Program

The SmartPen is an assistive technology for notetaking. Through the use of a SmartPen and dot paper, students are able to record the spoken content in class and link the audio to the notes taken. Students can then access specific points in the lecture by tapping on the notes taken at that point in time.