Unit II - Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

The mission of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is ‘to facilitate the academic success of students with disabilities through the provision of appropriate educational supports and settings while nurturing personal development’.

The goal of the office of Services for Students with Disabilities is to ensure that students are able to have access and participate in the classes and programs available at Queensborough Community College.

The office additionally serves as a liaison to faculty and the community regarding disability issues.

It is the responsibility of the student to register with the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in order to be eligible for services. Reasonable accommodations will be determined and provided on an individualized basis upon completion and review of disability documentation (see documentation guidelines).

Services provided by SSD

Depending upon the individual need, supported by appropriate documentation, the following services may be provided:

  • Academic counseling
  • Early Advisement
  • Early registration
  • Coordination and facilitation of reasonable accommodations on an individualized basis
  • Administration of exams with accommodations
  • Coordination of note taking services
  • Technical assistance with reading and/or scribing
  • Assistance with arrangements for recorded or alternate format texts/ study materials
  • Coordination of ASL interpreting services
  • Alternate format print material: i.e. enlarged print, Braille
  • classroom relocation as needed
  • Assistive technology (see SSD Lab)
  • CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics and Disability Services)
  • Advocacy
  • Liaison with college and community
  • Student Organization for Disability Awareness (Club)
  • Academic Skills Coaching

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SSD Lab

The SSD Lab, located in Library Room 115, is an academic support center for currently enrolled students with disabilities. This is the center where students may take exams with accommodations, receive individualized tutoring or study at the ADA accessible workstations. Computer stations are equipped with specialized hardware and software to meet the needs of all students. The center is open daily with evening and weekend hours. Hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product system used to increase, maintain, or improve access for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities is working to bring state of the art assistive technology solutions to campus. The AT lab contains the following resources and equipment:

Voice Recognition Software (Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional) – enables students to write and/or navigate the computer screen by simply dictating commands to a computer system that is trained to recognize their voices. Recommended for: motor disabilities and/or students with learning disabilities.

Screen Readers (Jaws) – Provides access to software applications and the Internet to students who are unable to see a traditional computer monitor. Accessibility is created via voice output system that literally reads the contents to users. Recommended for: blind and low-vision students.

Screen Enlargers (Zoom Text) – Enables students who have difficulty viewing the screen on a standard computer monitor to enlarge the content from as little as 1.2 times incrementally up to 16 times. Magnification can be used in conjunction with available speech output features. Recommended for: low-vision students.

Braille Translation Software (Duxbury) – Converts text and/or graphics to Braille files in order to be read by students who are Braille readers. Files can be printed through a Braille embosser or read by students who have a refreshable Braille display. Recommended for: blind and low-vision students.

Kurzweil 1000 Reading & Writing System—Enables students who are unable to see a computer monitor to read/write and edit material by having it read aloud by the computer and then using keystrokes to manipulate all the formatting commands. Material is opened from a file, scanned in, or created within the program, then saved as a document for output. Recommended for: blind and low-vision students

Kurzweil 3000 Reading & Writing System – Assists students whose disabilities affect their reading comprehension and/or writing skills by simultaneously reading text aloud and highlighting each spoken word on a computer display. Students can pause on any word, and have instant access to dictionary, thesaurus, grammar check, and note-taking features. Students can also use the system’s scanner, voice-output and recording capabilities to create books-on-tape. Recommended for: learning disabilities and/or low-vision students.

CCTV (Optelec) – Video magnifiers magnify material up to 44-times their original size. By placing viewing material under a built in camera, the image is magnified while the individual user focuses to the desired enlargement; output is displayed on the attached monitor Recommended for: low-vision students.

*All workstations are configured on height adjustable tables.

Assistive technology is available in all labs throughout campus. All labs are reconfigured with:

  • Height adjustable tables
  • Oversized monitors
  • Scanner
  • Screen reading software
  • Screen enlarging software
  • Specialized reading and writing software

Additional assistive technology is available upon request through the SSD office.

Queensborough Community College is also the home to two additional specialized programs, which serve the needs of students with disabilities.

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CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics and Disability Services)

What is CUNY LEADS?
LEADS is a CUNY-wide program that provides students with disabilities the skills to make realistic academic and career choices. Many services are available to support students throughout their job search and help them develop successful careers.

Students interested in participating in the CUNY LEADS Program are encouraged to register with SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities Office). This is a program that all students with disabilities can benefit from! If you would like to take advantage of any of our great services, please schedule an appointment to meet with our CUNY LEADS Advisor to determine how we can best assist you on your path to success! Veterans and all students with disabilities are welcome, even if you haven’t registered with SSD.

What services are provided by the CUNY LEADS Program?
Each campus has a CUNY LEADS Advisor who provides every student with individualized guidance and support based on their needs. The program provides extensive services to students which include:

  • Academic advisement
  • Career counseling and Exploration
  • Job Preparation Assistance
    • Job search skills
    • Resumes and Cover Letters
    • Interview preparation
    • Mock Interviews
    • Internship and Volunteer opportunities
    • Job placement assistance
  • Self-Advocacy skills

Who may be eligible for the CUNY LEADS Program?
CUNY students with disabilities who are currently registered in:

  • Degree or Non-degree programs
  • Adult and Continuing programs

To learn more about this confidential and free program please contact:

CUNY LEADS Advisor
Sheryl Sobel
Room: S-132
Phone: (718) 631-6257
Fax: (718) 218-5733
Email: ssobel@qcc.cuny.edu
CUNY LEADS Job Developer (Queens)
Kate Wong
Room: S-132
Phone: (718) 631-6257
Fax: (718) 218-5733
Email: kwong@qcc.cuny.edu

For more information about CUNY LEADS: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/sa/services/disabilities/LEADS.html

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Personal Care- Attendants, Devices, Services

An issue that is often misunderstood in postsecondary institutions is the provision of personal aids and/or services. Postsecondary institutions are not required to provide accommodations of a personal nature such as Personal Care Attendant (PCA), personal devices, or personal services. Students who need help navigating the campus, using QCC restroom facilities, or any other personal care, must coordinate, and pay for, their own PCA, services, and/or devices themselves.

As per section 504 and Title II of the ADA QCC does not provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, auxiliary aide for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.

Additionally, students utilizing a PCA must understand the following:

  • You are responsible for your PCA's use of all CUNY facilities, equipment, resources, and network activities, in accordance with all CUNY policies, during your PCA's employment duration.
  • You are responsible for documenting, and being approved for, the need for this accommodation with QCC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your PCA registers with QCC's office of Public Safety and SSD.
  • If you require your PCA assist you during class, you are responsible for ensuring all academic work completed physically by your PCA is your own intellectual content (e.g., your own ideas, knowledge, analysis, thought processes, artistic expressions, etc., contained within your academic work). Any student who accepts the intellectual assistance of a PCA may be considered in violation of QCC's policies on Academic Integrity.

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Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

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QCC Art Gallery

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