SP3.2: Adaptive Technology Information Access Project
It is important that all students, faculty, staff and visitors, including those with disabilities, have continued equitable access to all visual and auditory aspects of University-related programs and activities. This project aims to upgrade existing services already provided on campus. Several initiatives have already begun including changing the part-time adaptive technologist position to full time, hiring and training six students to support conversion of course materials to alternative formats, and establishing operational partnerships with the Center for Learning and Teaching, the University Center for Training and Development and Library services. Ongoing efforts will be made to upgrade the Alternate Format Text Conversion Lab and the existing student-use adaptive technology labs in the libraries and to purchase additional SmartPens to support students' independent note taking.
Goals advanced under this project are:
- Provide support services to all students, faculty, and staff with special needs.
Indicators of success for this goal are:
- Satisfaction of students, faculty and staff with special needs of the quality and quantity of support services provided as measured by campus surveys.
Milestones completed as of last progress report:
- Broad search and successful hiring of a new full-time Adaptive Technology Specialist.
- The hiring of a new Student Manager of Adaptive Technology, Computer Science graduate student.
- The hiring and training of 3 new Student Assistants for Alternate Format Text Braille Conversion.
- Purchase of Duxbury braille translation software, Juliet Pro 60 Braille Embosser, increasing the speed and quality of Braille STEM material production.
- Purchase of additional “SmartPens” for loan to students as tools to facilitate their in-class note-taking.
- Upgraded website in OmniUpdate, for greater access on multiple platforms (tablets, phones) and ease of usage.
- Development of short video instructing faculty on the procedures for uploading their print materials to electronic platforms in formats accessible to students with print-related disabilities.
- Creation of updated and expanded Faculty Guide on responsibilities and techniques for accommodating students with disabilities in their courses. Guide scheduled for inclusion in SSD website before start of Fall 2014 semester.
Last Updated: 9/12/14