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Accommodations for students with Mobility and Ergonomic Disabilities

All Mendocino College campuses and classrooms are equipped with automatic doors, accessible bathrooms, ADA-compliant desks, and other accommodations, to help students with mobility or ergonomic problems such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stoke or Acquired Brain injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Broken bones
  • Spine injury
  • Respiratory or cardiac disease (fatigue, reduced strength)

Some students may need additional assistance, and in these situations, the DRC Counselor may authorize specialized accommodations to help a student succeed in the classroom environment.

 

Software:

Dragon Naturally Speaking

A “Speech to Text” software for students who have difficulty creating input via the keyboard. Students using  this accommodation wear a microphone/earphone headset, and talk to the computer. The computer types whatever you say into a word document. This short video explains the concept.

 

Student who use this accommodation will enroll in a course to learn how to use the program, and they will “train” the computer to more accurately understand their individual voice. Your Instructor and contact person for Dragon Naturally Speaking will the the Instructional Assistant - Learning Disabilities.

E-text

Students with mobility impairments may find it painful, difficult, or even impossible to hold and manipulate a classroom handout, or a standard textbook. For these students, the DRC Counselor may authorize an e-text accommodation. These students will get all their written material in an electronic format, so that they can view their classwork on a computer, and “turn the pages” with an ergonomic keyboard, joystick, track ball ,or other keyboard alternative.

The Alternate Media Specialist is responsible for getting e-text of text books, syllabus, handouts, exams, and other materials. Students who are using e-text as an accommodation will need to work closely with College staff, to assure that all materials are available on time.

Equipment

Alternate Keyboard or Mouse

The DRC Counselor will order this accommodation for students who cannot use a standard keyboard or mouse. Alternatives available include:

  • Enlarged keyboard.
  • One-handed keyboard.
  • Trackball.
  • Joystick.

The Alternate Media Specialist will issue specialized equipment that can be checked out on a semester-by-semester basis.

Large-screen Monitors

Some wheel-chair bound students will find it helpful to use a large-screen monitor, because their chair does not allow them to sit within the normal distance to the monitor. This is especially true of students who use a power chair. In these situations, the DRC Counselor will authorize a specialized equipment. Mendocino College does not loan monitors to students, but College staff will make sure that students have access to on-campus equipment and software to meet their needs. The Alternate Media Specialist coordinates availability of monitors and computer accommodations for DRC students.

Ergonomic desks

Students who have carpel tunnel, a bad back, or advanced arthritis may have difficulty sitting in the standard ADA-compliant desk for the full duration of the class. In these situations, the DRC Counselor may authorize extra breaks, or use of an adjustable table or desk. The Alternate Media Specialist coordinates availability of ergonomic furniture for DRC students.

 Note Takers

Students who have limited use of their hands and arms are often unable to take effective classroom notes. In these situations, the DRC Counselor may authorize students to use a Note Taker to take notes for them.  The DRC Counselor will explain the guidelines for creating an effective Note Taker relationship.

Scribe

Students with severe fatigue, pain, or who have limited use of their hands and arms, often cannot complete a written exam in the normal classroom setting. The DRC Counselor will typically authorize the student to test in the the Learning Center, and will arrange for a Scribe to assist by reading the test questions, and transcribing the disabled student’s response to the exam questions. 

Students who use this accommodation must work closely with the Instructor and Learning Center staff, and adhere to the procedures. This especially means taking the test on the agreed time and day.  Be advised that exams are proctored, and any students caught cheating will be subject to the disciplinary procedures according to the Student Conduct Guidelines. The Scribe is a transcriber only; they do not tutor, and they do not provide other services. Students who need additional services should discuss their needs with a DRC Counselor.

  Extra Time

Students who have mobility or ergonomic impairments often write very slowly. In these situations, the DRC Counselor may authorize  extra time on tests, so these students have an equal opportunity to show what they have learned.

 

Students who get extra time will normally test in the the Learning Center. Students who use this accommodation must work closely with the Instructor and Learning Center Staff, and adhere to the procedures. This especially means taking the test on the agreed time and day.  Be advised that exams are proctored, and any students caught cheating will be subject to the disciplinary procedures according to the Student Conduct Guidelines.

Extra time on tests does not give the student an extra advantage, and it does not make the testing any easier. Students with mobility impairments get extra time because it takes them extra time to “output” what they know onto the answer sheet This accommodation “creates a level playing field” so that the student has an equal opportunity to do well in their coursework.

 

Created: May 04, 2009 @ 02:54 PM
Last Modified: August 05, 2010 @ 01:12 PM

 





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