Unit II - Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

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:

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The SSD Lab, located in Library Room 115, is an academic support center for 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:

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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Learn and Earn Program

The Learn and Earn program was a was a collaborative effort between Queensborough Community College, Abilities Inc, Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), and the Board of Education. This was a specialized sponsored program for students with Learning Disabilities which was provided to students as a one-year supportive transition into the college mainstream and into professional career programs while providing career and academic guidance. As of 2010 VESID chose to stop funding the program due to budgetary constraints.

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External Education for the Homebound

The External Education Program for the Homebound was a special program designed for the special academic needs of students with disabilities who cannot attend college in the traditional manner. This had been funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education since 1976. Unfortunately in 2005, the federal government made the decision not to continue funding this grant program.

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Personal Aids and Services

An issue that is often misunderstood by postsecondary officials and students is the provision of personal aids and services. Personal aids and services, including help in bathing, dressing, or other personal care, are not required to be provided by postsecondary institutions.

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.

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