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Academic Adjustments and Services

There are a number of appropriate academic adjustments, depending upon the specific disability-related needs of the student. All academic adjustments are determined by the Director of Student Accessibility Service. Types of academic adjustments include but are not limited to the following:

Extended Time

  • This is one of the most common academic adjustments across disability groups. The typical recommendation is time and one-half or double time, but we do not provide unlimited time as an option.
  • Please see the Guidelines for Alternative Testing Services.

Quiet and Comparable Testing Environment

  • Some students require a reduced distraction testing environment. All students should have testing environments comparable to those of their classmates - - i.e. testing space with limited interruptions with proper writing surface, seating and lighting.

Request for Alternatively Formatted Books

Students who have a print disability may request copies of their textbooks in alternative formats. The college uses a variety of sources to supply these materials, including files obtained from the publisher and scanning books in house. In order to request texts in alternative formats, please contact SAS. Students must have proof of purchase of the textbooks that they are requesting.

Reading Services

  • Kurzweil 3000 is used for text-to-speech needs.

Scribe Services

  • A person who writes down, verbatim, the student's answers, and fills out a scantron sheet, if necessary.

Computer Access

  • Many students can independently complete essay exams on computers; some may need enlargement, speech output or a spell check program.

Audio Recording of Classes

  • Students that have difficulty taking in-class notes may be permitted to record the lecture, via Smart Pen or digital recording devices.

Note Taker

A note taker may to be hired for students who are unable to take their own notes. Note takers are other students currently enrolled in the course.

Converted Format

  • This may include large print, Braille, audio taped exam material, or e-files.

Accessible Technology

Kurzweil 3000: The Kurzweil 3000 is a reading software program that assists individuals with learning disabilities. This software can scan printed text and read it back to the user.

Livescribe Smart Pens: A ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. When used with digital paper, it records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded.

Word Processors: One of our testing rooms is equipped with laptop computers for students who require such accommodations for examinations.

Digital Voice Recorder: This recording device allows the student to record up to 144 hours of audio and store in up to four folders.

Franklin Med-Spell: This handheld speller phonetically spells close to 150,000 words from Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.

Franklin Spelling Ace: This handheld device helps the user achieve proficiency in spelling and maximize vocabulary with its spell correction feature and Thesaurus.

Calculators: TI-83 or basic Scientific calculators are available for use.

Student Accessibility Services
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Miller Campus Center 235
315-386-7392