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Testing Study Suites

Student Support Services has a total of 6 testing/study suites, each of which can comfortably accommodate anywhere from two to six students simultaneously. Two of the testing suites are private rooms equipped with computers, one of which has Kurzweil software installed and the other is for students who need the use of a computer to compose essay exams. Sound generators are placed next to each testing suite to ensure a distraction-reduced environment.

Computer Lab

Student Support Services' computer lab has 8 desktop computers, each equipped with the latest software including Reading Made EZ Premier Literacy Suite (see below).  The computer lab offers free printing to students registered with SSS and operates
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities.  It refers to modifications to existing devices, systems and technology with the aim of "increasing, maintaining, or improving functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

Examples of Available Assistive Technology

  • CCTV (Closed Circuit Television)
    The CCTV is a television video camera combination used by people who are visually impaired to magnify the print in books and newspapers.
  • Livescribe
    A paper-based computing platform consisting of a digital pen, digital paper, software applications, and developer tools. The digital pen has an embedded computer and digital audio recorder which when used with the digital paper records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded.

Adaptive Technology

Adaptive Technology covers specifically designed systems or objects that increases and maintains the capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Examples of Available Adaptive Technology

  • Kurzweil 3000
    A text to speech, learning tool with a comprehensive suite of reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools.  It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Dragon Speak
    Speech recognition software that translates dictated words into text. The software has three primary areas of functionality: dictation, text-to-speech and command input. The user is able to dictate and have speech transcribed as written text, have a document synthesized as an audio stream, or issue commands that are recognized as such by the program.
  • Reading Made EZ Premier Literacy Suite
    A collection of literacy tools that support individuals who find reading and writing a challenge, are learning disabled, and/or visually impaired. Users can read documents in standard file formats such as Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (.rtf), text file format (.txt), HTML, and PDF and converted to audio files for use on a CD or MP3 player while away from the computer. The suite also contains tools to allow you to fill out forms and worksheets, enhance composition skills and post your writing to "cloud applications," scan and read documents, look up a word or definition in the integrated dictionary, create study notes and much more.