Format Reading Materials
Alternate Testing Environment
Assistive Computer Lab
Extended Time On Exams
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An alternate testing
environment is defined as a quiet room with as little auditory and
visual distraction as possible. The University of Mississippi does
not have a centralized testing site for students who require an
alternate environment for test taking. Faculty and instructors are
responsible for providing an alternate testing environment to verified
Students should work
closely with faculty and instructors to arrange this accommodation.
As with all accommodations, students should give faculty/instructors
timely notice of the need for this accommodation. Students should
not wait until the day of an exam to notify instructors of the need
for an alternate environment. Without enough notice, we cannot guarantee
that instructors will have the time to locate and/or arrange an
appropriate alternate testing site. As stated, it is important for
students to discuss this aspect of their accommodations with instructors
well in advance of test time.
SDS will provide a limited
testing site for students who are approved for the following testing
accommodations: scribe, reader, ASL signer, assistive/adaptive technologies.
Students will be required to contact this office in advance of any
test date in order to reserve a room and request a service provider.
Students approved for these accommodations should contact the Director
of Student Disability Services for additional information. (top)
The University of Mississippi has an institutional membership to
Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD). Students are required
to complete a form to request that we order books on tape. This
form is available from the Program Assistant at the Office of Student
Disability Services. We will need the full book title, the edition,
and the author/s of each requested book. Please remember that there
may be times when RFBD does not have a requested book on tape. It
may take as long as three weeks for this office to receive the tapes
from RFBD. Because of this delay, it is important that we receive
your request as early as possible.
Studio for the Reading Impaired
This company is located in Kentucky and can provide tape recordings
of reading material. The University of Mississippi will absorb the
cost for recording class-related materials. As with RFBD, it may
take several weeks for this office to receive completed tapes so
it is essential that we receive your requests as early as possible.
The SDS office has a scanner/software combination that allows students
to scan books and other reading material into a format that the
computer will then "read" aloud to the student.
Please call and make
an appointment with the Technical Coordinator for training. It will
be necessary to schedule time to use the Kurzweil because of its
popularity. There is also a Kurzweil located in the computer lab
in Weir Hall.
When the three options
listed above are found to be unavailable, the SDS office will hire
readers to read and tape record required text. Students must furnish
this office with a copy of the material to be taped in a timely
manner to assure reading is completed by any existing deadlines
the student may have. (top)
The Student Disability
Services computer lab is outfitted with several different adaptive
technologies to assist our students in the completion of their academic
tasks. In addition to the standard word processing and internet
capabilities found in most computer labs on campus, we also offer
1000 - This program
is a highly specialized OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program
that allows students with any sort of reading impairment, such as
LD or visual impairments, to scan their printed materials into the
computer. The program will then convert the image into a form that
can be manipulated as a text document which will be read aloud by
the program. Students can bring books into the lab, scan them, then
sit and listen to the text. There is no need for an independent
In addition, the texts
can be taped so that the student can take the text(s) with him/her
to review outside the lab.
For more information
on Kurzweil 1000, visit their link by clicking
This program allows the user to speak into the computer in order
to put text into a word processing program. In other words, the
computer will type what you say. This program is particularly useful
for those who have mobility impairments, as it eliminates the need
for manual typing. After training the program to the nuances of
the student's voice, the student will be able to edit his/her work
without having to touch the keyboard at all. This program will also
read aloud what has been typed on the screen.
For more information
on Dragon, click here.
We also plan to install
a screen reader, and ZoomText
in the near future. For information about these products, click
the individual name of the product in question.
The Office of Student
Disability Services' computer lab is located in 234 Martindale Center.
All students registered with our office may use the computer lab.
The lab is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm.
In addition to the assistive
computer technology available at SDS, there are also machines with
the Kurzweil reader located in the computer lab on the first floor
of Weir Hall. Please call the lab at (662) 915-7004 for more information.
Time on Exams
The University of Mississippi
does not provide "unlimited" time on exams as an accommodation.
Time and a half is the standard amount of time allowed on exams
for students who are verified for this accommodation. For example,
if a class is allowed an hour to take an exam, the student verified
for extended time will be allowed an hour and a half.
If a student believes
that additional time, in excess of the time and a half, would be
helpful, the student should discuss this with the instructor.
If extended time on an
exam will cause a conflict with another class, students should speak
with both instructors in an attempt to resolve the conflict. Instructors
are not required to change the date or time of an exam. Students
are encouraged to use priority registration each semester in order
to schedule classes so that such conflicts can be avoided. (top)
The Office of Student
Disability Services will loan students certain kinds of equipment,
such as tape recorders and 4-track tape players. Equipment is loaned
based on need, assigned accommodations and availability. The student
must come by the office and complete a loan form before any equipment
will be provided. This equipment must be returned to the SDS office
by the date specified on the loan form. If equipment is not returned,
is damaged, or lost, the cost of the equipment will be charged to
the student's bursar account. It is important that the student keeps
his/her copy of the loan form for future reference. Equipment loans
are subject to availability. (top)
Students who are verified
with this office as eligible to receive accommodations are given
the opportunity to register for classes during the first few days
of priority registration each semester. This benefit becomes effective
during the student's second semester as a student at the University.
Incoming freshman and transfer students are required to participate
in New Student Orientation, during which time all incoming students
register for their first semester of classes.
We strongly encourage
our students to take advantage of Priority Registration each semester.
We cannot assign accommodations until the student has registered
for classes. To make sure that accommodations are put into place
as early as possible, it is advisable to register for classes early.
It is the student's responsibility to request all accommodations
and services in a timely manner. Remember, it may take several weeks
for this office to implement certain accommodations and services.
Dates for Priority Registration are available from the Registrar's
Office. It is necessary for all students to meet with academic
advisors so that the registration hold can be lifted from their
accounts before registering. Without this meeting, students will
not be able to register, and SDS cannot do anything to circumvent
this necessary step in the registration process.
A word about Academic
Advising: This office does not provide academic advising to students
with disabilities. Click here for
more information about academic advising. (top)
In addition to the above,
the University also has the capability to provide the following
accommodations to those verified as eligible. This list is not intended
to be all-inclusive.
for Films & Video
*Subject to availability of service providers.
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