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General Information

The DRC works with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities can fully participate in University programs, services, and activities. The center helps individuals with disabilities overcome barriers that could otherwise limit their academic, professional, and personal potential. These barriers may be architectural, attitudinal, or related to University programs. The DRC provides direct services and coordinates with other state agencies and University programs to ensure equal access.

The DRC coordinates services for any USU student at any location within the USU Regional Campus system. All accommodations provided to on-campus students are available for online and regional campus students. The application process is the same.

It is the policy of USU to comply with the fundamental principles of nondiscrimination and accommodation in academic programs, which are set forth in the implementing regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. These regulations state that:

No qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any ... postsecondary education program or activity ... [Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 84.43]

An institution shall make such modifications to its academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discrimination on the basis of handicap, against a qualified handicapped applicant or student ... Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements, substitution of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted. [Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 84.44]

The primary role of the Accessibility Consultant is to work with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the university is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Whenever possible equal access will be achieved by implementing principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. When barriers still exist students should request reasonable accommodations through their Accessibility Consultant.

Each student will be assigned to an Accessibility Consultant when he/she first enters the program but, upon request, a student may change to another Accessibility Consultant at any time. Accessibility Consultant's work with students to identify and overcome disability related barriers in order to ensure that students can fully participate in all aspects of university life. Requests for accommodations should be made directly to a students Accessibility Consultant. The Accessibility Consultant will evaluate the appropriateness of the accommodation request based upon the current impact of the student's disability. This is often a collaborative process that involves the student, faculty, and staff.

The Accessibility Consultant may also provide academic and personal support to the student, while encouraging and promoting independence. The Accessibility Consultant does not function as a student's academic advisor or therapist, but can provide general counseling, vocational guidance, referral, and advocacy. While the Accessibility Consultant may recommend classes or give general scheduling advice, they are not academic advisors. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester prior to registration. Students can be best served by working closely with both their Accessibility Consultant and academic advisor.

The DRC does not provide psychological services; however, DRC staff can provide referrals to providers within the community. The Counseling Center, the USU Psychology Department Community Clinic, the Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, and Bear River Mental Health will provide personal and family therapy. With a written release of information, the DRC may consult with mental health providers to determine the type of services that will be most helpful to the student.

Eligibility for DRC programs is based on the presence of a disability. Accommodations are based on the current impact of a disability. The DRC will use any relevant source of information when making determinations about eligibility and accommodations.

The use of previous services and related documentation such as IEP's and 504's will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Further documentation of a disability may be needed to help determine if a disability exists or to improve our ability to recommend specific accommodations.
When documentation is required it should:

  • Be from a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, audiologist, or psychologist.
  • Be in writing, printed on letterhead with the name, and specialty of the provider stated.
  • Clearly state the nature of the disability.
  • Discuss limitations that might arise in the academic environment.

If the disability is a learning disability or the accommodations requested are related to cognition, a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation is needed. The evaluation report should include all standard test scores, subtest scores, and the evaluator’s narrative.

The DRC coordinates services for any USU student at any location within the USU Regional Campus system. All accommodations provided to on-campus students are available for online and regional campus students. The application process is the same.

Distance Education students will interact with their DRC consultant by telephone and Email but whenever possible accommodation requests should be via Email. Because of the challenges presented by distance, site coordinators may be involved in the provision of services.

Specialized equipment can be made available at Regional Campuses if needed, however, the DRC does not provide assistive technology for home use. Distance Education students should Email accommodation requests to their Accessibility Consultant each semester. Testing and Classroom Accommodation Forms will be completed by the Accessibility Consultant, and copies will be sent to the student, instructor, and site coordinator.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is committed to ensuring that all information and communication pertaining to a student's disability is maintained as confidential as required or permitted by law. This information is protected be the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). DRC records are maintained in locked filing cabinets and secure electronic files. No person other than DRC staff has immediate access to these files.

In compliance with federal regulations, the DRC may share a limited amount of disability-related information with University personnel who demonstrate a legitimate need to know. Student transcripts and other University records will not indicate DRC participation.

A student has the right to review his/her own DRC file with reasonable notification. If a student wishes to have information about his/her disability shared with others, the student must provide written request/authorization to the DRC. Before giving such authorization, the student should understand the purpose of the release and to whom the information is being released.

The Disability Resource Center has created two computer labs dedicated to Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology is the term used for any software, device, or equipment used to help individuals with disabilities maintain their independence. While these hardware and software solutions are oriented towards those with disabilities, many of these programs can be helpful to anyone and any student is welcome to use these labs.

The DRC may also be able to provide brief trainings on how to use these technologies. These labs are located in the DRC, which is located in University Inn Suite 101, and in Merrill Cazier Library, room #158 (see map/graphic for directions).

Getting Started

Students who hope to use DRC services must follow the process described below.

Contact the DRC for an intake
Students desiring to receive services from the DRC may call 435-797-2444 or come into the office (University Inn, 101) to set an appointment with a counselor. Appointments for students living outside of Cache Valley may be conducted via phone or using Web-conferencing software.

Fill out application and other paper work
Prior to your intake appointment you will be asked to fill out an application and complete other paperwork. If you are coming into the office for your appointment please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment in order to complete the paperwork. If you are conducting your intake via the phone please fill out and submit our online application prior to your intake.

Intake appointment
During the intake appointment a DRC counselor will discuss with you your academic goals, your current academic standing, and the barriers you may be experiencing. All students who receive services from the DRC are required to demonstrate and/or document a disability (documentation guidelines). If you already have documentation please bring it with you to your intake appointment, if not, options for obtaining documentation will be discussed during the intake appointment.

Documentation
If you were instructed to provide documentation of your disability please do so in keeping with our documentation guidelines as soon as possible. If you were referred for testing please make sure that a copy of your evaluation is forwarded to the DRC.

Accommodation appointment
Using the information you provided during the intake and information found in your documentation your counselor will work with you to identify and establish appropriate accommodations. Students are responsible to communicate with their DRC counselor any problems or concerns that may arise related to classes or accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the DRC each semester regarding accommodations they hope to use.

 

Free and Low Cost Accessibility Apps

Proloquo2Go

  • Augmented and Alternative Communication tool for people who cannot speak or have difficulty speaking for themselves
  • Over 75,000 pictures to help convey any needs throughout the day
  • Free Text-to-Speech to let others hear your speech out loud
  • More Information: http://www.assistiveware.com/proloquo2go
  • Cost: Donation Program
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults

  • Learn how to deal with the unstated customs and rules all of us encounter on a daily basis
  • Using real life examples, this app address the ever-elusive “hidden curriculum” we’re surrounded by daily
  • Topics include: social relationships, community, money matters, workplace, and more
  • More Information: https://itunes.apple.com/hidden-curriculum
  • Cost: $1.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Verbally

  • Augmented communication app for individuals of different ages and abilities
  • Simplistically designed interface for ease of use
  • With over 50 essentials words, a Core Phrases Grid for common phrases and Text Prediction to increase speed of communication
  • Option to upgrade to Verbally Premium for ability to customize phrases
  • More Information: http://verballyapp.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad
Source: Augsberg College

Dragon Dictation

Voice Typing in Google Chrome

  • Go into your Tools menu in the Google Chrome Browser and select Voice Typing
  • Click on the microphone that pops up and start talking
  • Your text will be entered into the typing field
  • Correct mistakes without moving your cursor
  • More Information: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226?hl=en

VoiceNote

Source: Augsberg College

soundAMP R

  • Amplify sounds and the world around you with this app built for anyone with hearing loss
  • Sounds comes in through your iDevice microphone and is played back in real time through earbuds connected to your device
  • Ability to customize and control sound for each ear individually along with the ability to adjust the volume, background sound level and tone
  • Record lectures, meetings and appointments with the ability to listen back later on the device or by exporting to your computer
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/lw6p3r
  • Cost: $4.99; lite version: $0.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Sign 4 Me - A Signed English Translator

  • Learn sign language using this app with over 11,500 words
  • 3D avatar characters can be zoomed in or out or rotated to give you the best viewing of every sign
  • Type in a sentence, phrase, word or alphabet for visual playback with the Signed English translation
  • May not provide correct grammatical structure of signed sentences
  • More Information: http://www.signingapp.com/sign4me_desktop.html
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
Source: Augsberg College

Popplet

  • Online and app based mind mapping tool
  • Visually put your thoughts down to create mind maps easily
  • Print these mind maps for yourself or share with others
  • More Information: http://popplet.com/
  • Cost: Free: web and lite app, $4.99: full app
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad; iPhone, iPod touch

MindMeister

  • Mind Mapping/Brainstorming tool for use on personal devices and the web
  • Collaborate in real time with other people
  • Use the program to present your work
  • Full use of software program and features costs a small, monthly fee
  • More Information: http://www.mindmeister.com/
  • Cost: Free; Premium - $6.00/month
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android

Idea Sketch

  • Draw and create mind maps, concept maps, and flow charts
  • Convert your diagram into a text outline, or outline and turn it into a concept/mind map
  • Use to brainstorm, illustrate concepts, make lists and outlines, plan presentation and create organizational charts
  • Import text into Idea Sketch and automatically create diagrams and outlines
  • Share your idea using email, Dropbox and other
  • More Information: http://www.nosleep.net/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Windows Phone

Inspiration Maps

  • Brainstorm and create mind maps using this app that’s similar to the fill Inspiration Program
  • Organize projects to create flow charts
  • Take notes using the visual system and icons to create maps and diagrams
  • More Information: http://www.inspiration.com/inspmaps
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Mindjet Maps

  • Create visual mind maps to organize brainstorm, concepts, tasks, ideas, lecture or meeting notes, or action items
  • Easy to use gesture based commands
  • Mapping features include text styling, relationship, and various other tools
  • Integrate your maps to Dropbox for easy sharing
  • More Information: https://www.mapsforthat.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android
Source: Augsberg College

Notability

  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters your notes using the all in one notetaking app
  • Ability to take pictures and audio record with sound being linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes direction on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place
  • More Information: http://www.gingerlabs.com/
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch

SoundNote

  • Type or write out your notes while the audio recording is synced to each word or pen stroke
  • Tap on the word and then the play button to playback what was being said at that moment in the audio recording
  • Share your audio recording and notes via email, Dropbox, or transfer directly to your computer
  • More Information: http://soundnote.com/
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad

Sonocent Recorder

  • Record your notes on your portable device
  • Highlight important parts of your recording and add notes
  • Break up your recording and tag it to make it easier to find later
  • Upload to the Sonocent Audio Notetaker Program on your computer
  • More Information: http://www.sonocent.com/recorder
  • Cost: Free: Ability to Record; Price Pending: Unlimited Playback on App
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch

AudioNote

  • Synchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture
  • Take hand-written
  • Import lecture slides as the background to your notes
  • More Information: http://luminantsoftware.com/iphone/audionote
  • Cost: Free - lite; $4.99
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad; Android

WritePad

  • Take notes with your stylus or finger while handwriting recognition turns these notes into typed text
  • Recognition adapts, adjusts, and learns your style of writing over time
  • Built in spell check with custom dictionary, context analyzer, autocorrect, and Shorthand feature
  • Synchronize documents with Evernote, Dropbox, iTunes, Google Docs, Email and more!
  • More Information: http://www.phatware.com
  • Cost: $7.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad; iPhone; Android

AccessNote

  • Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Foundation for the Blind
  • App combines notetaking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device
  • Input notes with either QWERTY Keyboard, refreshable Braille Display
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/bozjm7
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Evernote

  • A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device
  • Collect and find your information easily
  • Great tool for researching, planning events and everyday organizational use
  • Collaborate with others on projects using the sharing features
  • More Information: http://evernote.com
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod Touch; Android; Windows Phone; Blackberry; hp WebOS

Penultimate

  • Write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information on your iPad
  • Lifelike paper in app imitate writing on real paper
  • Sync with your Evernote account for access anywhere, anytime using your computer or mobile devices
  • Search your notes using the search feature in your Evernote Account
  • More Information: https://evernote.com/penultimate/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Microsoft OneNote

  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links and other resources
  • Divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages
  • Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others to work on and interact with
  • Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need
  • More Information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, iOS: iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

NoteSuite

  • Organize everything in one place, on or offline
  • Take notes using different fonts, insert photos, make list and to-do lists, and record audio
  • Divide your To-Do list up by everything or just things needing to be done today
  • Ability to set reminders, start dates, due state, and sub-lists for certain projects
  • Annotate PDFs, photos, web clips and convert to MS Office or an iWorks file
  • More Information: http://www.notesuite.io/
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad

PaperPort Notes

  • Take notes digitally on your iPad using this app
  • Import and combine PDFs, PowerPoints, documents, images, web content and audio into your notes documents
  • Includes tools for notetaking and marking up documents
  • Record and replay audio recording of lectures
  • Upload your notes to cloud storage services for easy access and sharing
  • More Information: http://www.paperportnotes.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad

iAnnotate

  • Annotate PDF, Word Doc, PowerPoint, and image files with this app
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Import PDFs or compress and export for secured sharing with others
  • More Information: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/
  • Cost: Free - Android; $9.99 - iOS
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

Audiotorium

  • Record, type, review, organize and share your audio and text notes all in one app
  • Organize your notes by Category and Subject
  • Customize your notes with paper texture and fonts
  • Integrate with TextExpander app to insert common phrases and other text with minimal key strokes
  • More Information: http://app-apps.com/apps/audiotorium-notes/
  • Cost: $5.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad
Source: Augsberg College

Remember the Milk

  • Never forget the milk, or any other task using this task/to-do-list
  • Organize your tasks with priorities, due date, time estimates, tags, repeating tasks and more
  • Sync tasks on multiple devices and with calendars such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal, and more!
  • Get email, text or Instant Message Reminders to yourself using their website reminder feature
  • More Information: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android

Todoist

  • Sub tasks, notifications, prioritization, reminders, notes, and filters in this all-in-one to-do list
  • Access tasks from anywhere and collaborate on share tasks
  • Streamlined, intuitive design makes it easy to use
  • More Information: https://en.todoist.com/
  • Cost: Free; premium $29/year
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Online Resource; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Any.do

  • Manage your life in a simple, clever, and fun way using this to-do list app
  • Synch your tasks on your mobile device and computer or use the Chrome extension to sync with Gmail
  • Use the reminder feature so you never forget what you need to do or where you need to be
  • More Information: https://www.any.do/anydo
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Chrome Extension; Chrome App

myHomework

  • Track your homework, tests, projects, and lessons
  • Set and receive reminders when assignments are due or tests are coming up
  • Set up your class schedule within the app
  • Synch your information with any of the available devices
  • Integrates and works with Teachers.io
  • More Information: https://myhomeworkapp.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows; Chrome Extension; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Kindle

Priority Matrix

  • Simple interface task management app using methods of time management to help manage priorities
  • Divide your tasks into one of four categories: Critical - Do Now; Critical but Not Urgent; Urgent but Can Be Delegated; Uncategorized
  • App includes visual icons, email reports, master list of daily or weekly action items and more
  • Ability to sync between devices and track your progress
  • More Information: http://www.appfluence.com/
  • Cost: Free - basic; Pro App: $10/month
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

iStudiez Pro

  • Stay organized and on top of all your school work and your schedule with this app
  • Using the built-in planner with alerts and reminders, track tasks, homework, deadlines, meetings, and your grades
  • Sync on all your devices so you’re never without this tool
  • More Information: http://istudentpro.com/
  • Cost: $2.99; Windows: $9.99
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Google Keep

  • A visual bulletin board of post-it notes with reminders and tasks lists
  • Ability to color code your notes, add reminders, and add photos and pictures to your notes
  • Use your Google account to sync this on your computer, tablet and phone
  • More Information: https://keep.google.com
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource, Android

Be S.M.A.R.T.

  • Set and achieve your goals using this app that employs the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting system
  • Goal categories include: Career, Family, Health and Fitness, Knowledge and Skills and more
  • Track your progress with reminders and visual achieved versus outstanding goals boxes
  • More Information: http://www.goals4.me/
  • Cost: Free - 3 goals; $1.99 for unlimited goals
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

inClass

  • Keep track of all your courses and course tasks in one place
  • Reminders of when tasks are due
  • Take and share notes using text, videos, audio, or photo notes
  • Collaborate with classmates using StudyRoom feature
  • More Information: http://www.inclassapp.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Workflowy

  • Organizational tool used to help manage to-do lists, collaborate on projects, take notes, write research papers, journal, even plan and more!
  • Free version allows for 500 items per month
  • Nested layouts, lists, bullets, ability to add dates and other format and layout options
  • Sync between phone, tablet, and computer
  • More Information: https://workflowy.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

RemindMe

  • Set reminders of tasks while your browse the internet
  • Use it to remind you of job tasks, meetings, online projects or tasks
  • Sync the reminders with multiple computers so you get reminders at home, school or work
  • Set reminders of “in” so long or “on” a certain time
  • More Information: https://chrome.google.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension
Source: Augsberg College

Natural Reader

  • Text-to-Speech software which converts Microsoft Word, Webpages, PDFs, and Email into spoken text
  • Customize reading voice and speed for your readings
  • Floating toolbar to read text in other applications
  • Online Text-to-Speech program with options to input text from various sources on your computer
  • More Information: http://www.naturalreaders.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS; Online Resource

Readability

  • Turns any webpage into a clean reading page
  • Eliminates distractions and other visual clutter
  • Read your articles now or save them for future reading
  • Adjust text size and line length for easier reading
  • Safari internet browser has built in feature that does similar features
  • More Information: https://www.readability.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; Android; iOS: iPad, iPhone

Rewordify

  • Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are easier to understand
  • Helps build understanding within readings and builds vocabulary
  • Difficult words are replaced and highlighted
  • Click on the words that were replaced to see the original word in
  • the text
  • More Information: http://rewordify.com
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Balabolka

  • Text-to-Speech program using the voices installed on your computer
  • Save online text as mP3, mP4, WAV, OGG or WMA file for portable or later listening
  • Reads documents from the clipboard or file types such as DOC, EPUB, HTML, PDF, RTF, and more
  • Customize the background color, font size, and reading options including pitch and rate
  • More Information: http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

Ivona MiniReader

  • Use the Ivona Text-to-Speech Reader to read documents or webpages
  • Using the either the Full or Mini toolbar interface, click the play button to have webpages, emails, documents, and online news sources read out loud
  • More Information: http://www.ivona.com/us/mini-reader/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

iReadWrite

  • Many of the popular features of Read & Write Gold available in an app
  • Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Phonetic Spell Checker, Homophone and Confusable Word Checker, Dictionaries, and Customizable Voices, Fonts, Background, and Text Colors
  • No Wi-Fi or 3G access needed to run app
  • Ability to Import, Share, or Print Documents
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/GbRXEs
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iPad

Voice Dream Reader

  • Text-to-speech app to read books with the ability to customize your screen for preferred reading options
  • Read by listening to the text, visually or both at the same time
  • Supports PDF, Word Docs, EPUB, DAISY, eBooks, Web pages and more with the ability to integrate your Bookshare books or books in Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Gutenberg and more
  • Includes multiple language options along with various fonts, including Open Dyslexic font, and voices, including the option to purchase additional voices
  • Highlight information in the reading and export it to other programs and apps
  • More Information: http://www.voicedream.com
  • Cost: $9.99; VoiceDream Reader Lite - Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Spritz

  • Test your reading speed using Spritz to find your optimum reading speed to use in partnership with Readsy
  • Increase or decrease the test reading speed to find your balance of speed and comprehension
  • Spritz custom interface called the Spritzlet, adjusts word position and red letter placement for increased focus, attention and comprehension
  • Various website and apps have the Spritz Spritzlet embedded in it
  • More Information: http://www.spritzinc.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Web; iOS; Android

Readsy

  • Use Readsy to focus your eyes on one word at a time without having to move them while reading
  • Upload a PDF, txt or copy and paste text into the website to have it read in their Readsy interact
  • Use Readsys Redicle, or interface adjusts position of word for optimum viewing in your eyes and highlights one letter of each word in red to help focus your eyes
  • Increase reading speed and comprehension using Readsy
  • Use Spritz to test yourself to find optimum reading speed
  • More Information: http://www.readsy.co/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Beeline Reader

  • Monochrome color text reader with Open Dyslexie Font
  • Read PDF files, webpages and convert ebooks to PDF files to be read with this program
  • Monochrome color text helps eyes to track lines of text for easier, faster reading by eliminating “line transition errors.”
  • Various monochrome color schemes for personalized use
  • More Information: http://www.beelinereader.com/
  • Cost: $1.99 - iOS app; browser extensions free
  • Compatibility: Browser Extension: Chrome & Firefox; iOS: iPad, iPhone; Desktop

GhostReader

  • Text-to-Speech app for Mac computers
  • Reads your text aloud with the ability to customize voices and modify the pronunciation of words so it sounds correct when reading
  • Ability to zoom and highlight words
  • Convert text to audio files for on-the-go listening
  • Import text from a variety of formats including Text, Word, HTML, PDF & RTF
  • More Information: http://www.convenienceware.com/ghostreader

vBookz PDF Reader

  • Read PDF files with this app
  • Interactive cursor allows readers to follow along with text
  • Use annotation tools such as highlighting, text, notes, and bookmarks to help support your reading
  • Read books in text mode with the option for Dyslexie Font
  • Import PDFs using email, Dropbox, or through iTunes
  • More Information: http://vbookz.com/
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

ABBYY Screenshot Reader

  • Using the camera of your device, capture text and translate it using OCR
  • Easily extract text from books, magazines, newspapers, ads, etc.
  • Use VoiceOver (iPad only) to listen to your document in a text-to-speech format
  • Captured text can be edited and/or copied to another source
  • More Information: https://www.abbyy.com/en-us/screenshot-reader/
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android

Capti Narrator

  • Convert documents and webpages into text-to-speech
  • Upload documents from Dropbox, Google Drive, Clipboard, Instapaper, or Web Browser
  • Listen to document immediately or save it to your playlist for future listening
  • Adjust speech rate along with the choice of built in voices; additional voices for purchase
  • More Information: https://www.captivoice.com/capti-site/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Window and Mac Browser Extension

Prizmo

  • Take a picture and have immediate conversion into text with this OCR program for text-to-speech
  • Ability to change the voice and interactive reading display with words highlighted as they are read
  • 10 different languages built in with over 30 additional languages for download
  • Ability to edit the OCR results to correct spelling errors or reorder text
  • More Information: http://www.creaceed.com/prizmo/about
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone

Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Free PDF reader if PDF documents are readable PDFs
  • Listen to readings instead of reading them yourself
  • Tagged PDFs are read in order in structure tree, untagged are read in logical inferred reading order
  • Tagged PDFs will read alternative text descriptions
  • More Information: http://help.adobe.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS

Bookshare

  • Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities
  • Accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazine are available
  • Individuals with Print Disabilities can sign up for a membership
  • Books available for download can be read on DAISY players, with Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, and other Assistive Technology Programs
  • More Information: https://www.bookshare.org/
  • Cost: Free with Print Disability
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Read2Go

  • Browse over 190,000 books for have access all of your Bookshare books on your mobile device
  • Easy use app to read text or turn on the text-to-speech mode
  • Control the text layout of the page for easier visual reading including font size, color, background and reading options such as reading speed, and voice options
  • Connect via Bluetooth to a braille display to read in Braille
    More Information: http://read2go.org/
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Cometdocs PDF Converter

  • Create and convert PDF documents to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images, and other formats
  • Use within Goodgle Drive with the converted documents waiting for you there
  • Use the web application, desktop app or app on your IOS device to convert documents too
  • More Information: http://www.cometdocs.com/

ER Browser

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history
  • More Information: http://erbrowser.com/
  • Cost: $0.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch

Yuzu

  • Read your textbooks on the go - anywhere
  • Annotate your readings with highlights, sticky notes, and flags in your textbooks
  • Filter your notes and highlights onto one screen
  • More Information: https://www.yuzu.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iPad; Web App; Windows App

Fokus

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: https://chrome.google.com or https://addons.mozilla.org/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On

CamScanner

  • Use your camera phone to scan documents, notes, whiteboards, business cards or any other document
  • Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature to convert images to readable text
  • Add annotations to your scanned documents
  • Sync documents across devices
  • More Information: https://www.camscanner.net/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; Android; Windows Phone 8
Source: Augsberg College

Research Project Calculator

  • Research Project Calculator Logo
  • Enter your assignment title, the start date, the due date, the class, and pick the type of assignment 
  • Choose from Writing Assignment or Essay, Oral Presentation with Slides, Video Assignment or History Day Research Notes
  • Website will break down your assignment and give you a timeline for your project with deadlines for each step
  • More Information: https://rpc.elm4you.org/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Son of Citation Machine

  • Use this tool to create citations, works cited, and bibliographies
  • Formatting options for MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian
  • Fill in the web form with the information from your resource and click “Make Citation”
  • Citation will show up on your screen to copy into you document
  • More Information: http://citationmachine.net/index2.php
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Scrible

  • Annotate, highlight and type right into your web browser
  • Capture thoughts and share your comments in the web page
  • Share your annotation with others via email or social media
  • Bookmark and save your webpages in the cloud for access from anywhere
  • More Information: http://www.scrible.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource, iOS: iPad

Evernote Web Clipper

  • With a single click, clip part of any webpage including images, text, or links
  • Clippings get saved to your Evernote account for access later
  • Collect research or items of interest in one place for easy organized information collection
  • Read and access your research from any computer or device
  • More Information: http://evernote.com/webclipper/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Web add-on for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera

Sweet Search

  • Search engine for students
  • Provides trustworthy site search results from the most relevant, pre-evaluated and approved sites on the internet
  • Find better information, faster from credible sources, such as primary sources while avoiding spam and marginal information sites
  • More Information: http://www.sweetsearch.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

EasyBib

  • Free, Online Bibliography and Citation Generator
  • Provides MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citations for virtually any research source
  • Manually input publication information for non-electronic sources or copy URL address into the website to create your citation
  • More Information: http://www.easybib.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

BibMe

  • Online automatic bibliography maker on the web
  • Search for the citation information or manually enter it into the site
  • Add citations to your works cited list
  • When your research is over, download your bibliography in one of four formats: MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turbian
  • More Information: http://www.bibme.org/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Pocket

  • Save articles, videos, webpages, photos or anything you find online to read later using this app
  • Content syncs across all devices for easy access, anywhere, anytime
  • Simple, easy-to-use interface for great viewing
  • Share your clippings with others
  • More Information: https://getpocket.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Kobo; Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari; Windows Mobile; Kindle Fire

Pearltrees

  • Organize, explore and share resources using this app
  • Add files, web pages, photos and organize them according to project, assignment or collection
  • Sync across computer, tablet and mobile device
  • More Information: http://www.pearltrees.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android; Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

Note Anywhere

  • Add post-it notes to any of your web pages while researching
  • Post-Its are saved so the next time you open the webpage, the post its will be there
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/VDzeTS
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension
Source: Augsberg College

Buddhify

  • Increase your mindfulness and wellbeing with meditation on the go
  • 11 hours of custom meditation for different parts of your day including travel, work, sleeping and more
  • 5-30 minute sessions and solo meditation timer
  • More Information: http://buddhify.com/
  • Cost: $4.99 - iOS; $2.99 - Android
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch; Android

Guided Mind

  • Relax and get guided through meditations on a variety of topics
  • Step-by-step voice guided meditation
  • Short (5 mins), medium (15 min) or long (30+ min) meditations
  • Instrumental, nature soundscapes, with looping for continuous play
  • Easy to use with instructions
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/Q0JC0o
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Source: Augsberg College

Study Blue

  • Study virtually any topic with this on-the-go flashcard study aid
  • Create your own flash cards or use one of the over 150 million notes and cards already created by other uses
  • Test yourself and get your score of how many right and wrong, with the option to focus more on the items you don’t know
  • Study on the go using your mobile device
  • More Information: http://www.studyblue.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Web, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

iFlash

  • Virtual flash-card program built specifically for Mac OS X with app for iOS devices
  • Record audio, attach images, use categories to create custom cards
  • Download decks of cards already created
  • Study using your iOS device or print them out for studying on the go
  • More Information: https://www.loopware.com/iflash/
  • Cost: $14.99 for iOS; Touch app - Free
  • Compatibility: MacOS X; iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests

  • Use this flashcard system on-the-go to study any subject
  • Create, download and manipulate flashcards while studying
  • Different modes including Matching Game provide variation of learning methods
  • Integrates with Google Docs - create spreadsheets of information and upload them to the app to make your study tools
  • More Information: http://www.gwhizmobile.com/gWhiz/Home.php
  • Cost: Free; Pro - $3.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Quizlet

  • Online resource of study tools and game of virtually any educational subject
  • 7 modes including traditional flash cards allow students to study in varied ways to help master material
  • Generate your own content or use content other users have created
  • More Information: http://quizlet.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Shahi Visual Dictionary

  • Shahi Visual Dictionary Logo
  • Online picture dictionary great for anyone, or those with a visual learning preference or English Language Learners
  • Dictionary finds pictures from Flickr, Google and Yahoo
  • Hyperlinked words in definition are easily able to be defined with pictures
  • More Information: http://blachan.com/shahi/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

iAnnotate

  • Annotate PDF, Word Doc, PowerPoint, and image files with this app
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Import PDFs or compress and export for secured sharing with others
  • More Information: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/
  • Cost: Free - Android; $9.99 - iOS
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad; Android
Source: Augsberg College

Readability

  • Turns any webpage into a clean reading page
  • Eliminates distractions and other visual clutter
  • Read your articles now or save them for future reading
  • Adjust text size and line length for easier reading
  • Safari internet browser has built in feature that does similar features
  • More Information: https://www.readability.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource; Android; iOS: iPad, iPhone

Time Timer

  • Visual timer great for people of any age
  • Visually structure your time or break time up into segments using this timer program
  • Easy to use app interface with up to four visual timers
  • Time seconds, minutes or hours with this timer
  • More Information: http://www.timetimer.com/
  • Cost: $.99-$4.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

30/30

  • Create a task list and add a length of time to each task
  • Start the timer and when it’s time to move on to the next task it will alert you
  • Customize with colors, icons and labels
  • More Information: http://3030.binaryhammer.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

MyTomatoes

  • Use MyTomato to time and track your progress using the Pomodoro technique
  • Start the timer and work for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break
  • At the end of each work sitting, write what you did to track your progress
  • More Information: http://mytomatoes.com/

Pomodoro Timer

  • Use Pomodoro Timer to boost your productivity with any task
  • Choose your task, set the time, work on the task until the timer rings, take a short break then take a longer break after four pomodoro cycles
  • Customizable pomodoro lengths, alarm sounds
  • Clear and user friendly interface
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/SyjF7R
  • Cost: $1.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

StayFocused

  • Increase your productivity by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites that waste your time
  • Pre-program distracting and time wasting websites
  • When your time limit is up, these sites will be inaccessible for the rest of the day
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/I5OBeq
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension

TimeTracker

  • Track how long you've been off task in a website
  • A running time clock appears at the top of the tab you have opened counting how many minutes and seconds you've been in that website
  • More information: http://goo.gl/uXKJgg
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension

RescueTime Dashboard

  • Personal-Analytic service to track how you spend your time on your computer, smartphone or tablet
  • Get a customized report of what sites you visit and what you do on your devices
  • No manual date-entry, it tracks as you work
  • More Information: https://www.rescuetime.com/browser-plugin
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: OS X, Windows, Linux, Android, ChromeOS

WriteRoom

  • Full screen, distraction free writing environment
  • Get your computer distractions out of the way with just you, and the text on your computer screen
  • Limits layout ability, including limiting the ability to add graphs, and tables
  • Auto save and word count are available features
  • More Information: http://www.hogbaysoftware.com/products/writeroom
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera

Dark Room

  • Use this tool to create distraction-free reading by removing visual clutter from web pages
  • Use the pre-created themes or create your own with color, font and text size
  • Save your readings to Everyone for later reading or archiving
  • More Information: http://jjafuller.com/dark-room/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

Fokus

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/pHjc3b or http://goo.gl/CZVhBw
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On
Source: Augsberg College

AccessNote

  • Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Federation of the Blind
  • App combines notetaking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device
  • Input notes with either QWERTY Keyboard, refreshable Braille Display
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/bozjm7
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

TapTapSee

  • Use this app to help identify everyday objects for anyone with a visual impairment or who is blind
  • Double tap the screen, take a picture of the object, and hear what the object is spoken out loud
  • Turn VoiceOver on to have the object description read out loud
  • More Information: http://www.taptapseeapp.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

LookTel Recognizer

  • LookTel Recognizer allows users who are blind or low vision to recognize objects
  • Build a library of images of objects commonly found in your daily life
  • Once the library is built, place object in front of camera of phone and instant recognition and description of the object will occur
  • More Information: http://www.looktel.com/recognizer
  • Cost: $19.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

LookTel Money Recognizer

  • LookTel Money Recognizer allows users who are blind or low vision to recognize currency and will speak the denomination out loud
  • Place money under the camera of your phone and the app will recognize the currency amount
  • Over twenty currencies supported by this app
  • More Information: http://www.looktel.com/moneyreader
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Be My Eyes

  • App that connects people who are blind with sighted volunteers around the world
  • Using video chat, volunteers help people who are blind with a variety of tasks as they serve as the person who is blind’s eyes
  • A networks of thousands of both blind and sighted people across the world
  • More Information: http://www.bemyeyes.org/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

NVDA Screen Reader

  • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader built for Windows based operating system computers
  • Download to your computer directly or to a USB drive and run on any computer without installation
  • Works with many popular applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to convert text into a Braille using Refreshable Braille Display
  • More Information: http://www.nvaccess.org/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

DanKam: Colorblind Fix (iOS)/DanKam A2.0+ (Android)

  • Use this app to help differentiate between colors more easily for people who are color blind or have trouble distinguishing colors
  • Take a picture of the object you want to remix and use the modes to adjust the colors and hues to make it easier to differentiate color(s) the object actually is
  • Helps enhance the colors individuals who are color blind see but this does not mitigate all functional limitations of color blindness
  • More Information:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dankam-colorblind-fix/id406739331?mt=8
  • Cost: $2.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Vision Assist

  • Use your iDevice to become an instant handheld magnifier or CCTV
  • Zoom images up to 20x
  • Change display mode to match your best vision including black and white, color, highlights, contrasting colors, and smart text to enhance text
  • Magnify documents, books, whiteboard or anything you see
  • Compatible with VoiceOver
  • More Information: http://visionassist.slinkyware.com/
  • Cost: $5.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

ER Browser

  • Adapt and adjust webpages to your own reading preference settings
  • Choose your font from options such as OpenDyslexic
  • Customize the background color of the webpage to decrease visual stress and improve reading ability
  • Adjust font size and letter spacing
  • Bookmark your favorite websites or search your stored history
  • More Information: http://erbrowser.com/
  • Cost: $0.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Thunder Screen Reader

  • Free screen reader for Windows based computers that provides access for individuals who are blind or low vision
  • Download to your Windows computer or download to a USB drive to run from any computer without the need to download
  • Use this program to access internet browsers, word processing and common applications on your computer in multiple languages
  • More Information: http://screenreader.net/index.php?pageid=11
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows

Fleksy

  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard
  • More Information: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.syntellia.fleksy.keyboard&hl=en
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

Turn Off the Lights

  • Click the light bulb button to get your screen to fade to a dark opacity overlay
  • Everything but the key area you are working in, such as a YouTube Video, a Google Doc, or an HTML 5 website will fade
  • Ability to adjust opacity and darkness
  • Shortcut keys to command program
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/l96MtE
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Add-On

Fokus

  • Highlight only the text you want to read while Fokus dims and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window with an overlay
  • Highlights the paragraph you’re reading with the ability to change the opacity of the background overlay
  • Easy to install extension with the ability to turn the feature on or off
  • More Information: http://goo.gl/pHjc3b or http://goo.gl/CZVhBw
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome and Firefox Add-On
Source: Augsberg College

Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker

  • Checks your spelling and grammar and fixes it according to the context of your text in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome
  • Suggests different and better ways to express your sentences (Premium)
  • Provides training to improve your mistakes (Premium)
  • Reads your text out loud (Premium)
  • More Information: http://www.gingersoftware.com/
  • Cost: Free; Premium $5.10-11.20/month
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Chrome and Safari Extension

Ghotit

  • Online Contextual and phonetic spell checker along with grammar and punctuation checker
  • Copy text into web page and program will check your grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • More Information: http://www.ghotit.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Online Resource

Voice Dream Writer

  • Make fewer mistakes, use the right words and organize your writing better with this app
  • Text-to-speech and voice-to-text help you to proofread to avoid awkward sentences or grammatical mistakes
  • Dictionary, Phonetic Spell Checker, and Word Finder help you use the correct words when writing
  • Outline of paper allows for better structure and ease when restructuring your paper
  • More Information: http://www.voicedream.com/writer/
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Grammarly

  • Eliminate writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions
  • Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • Grammarly works anywhere in your Chrome browser including emails, essays, social media posts and more
  • More information: https://www.grammarly.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension

Co:Writer

  • Word Prediction app that gives you suggestions of words as you type with the option of reading your word options out loud with a swipe of your finger
  • Built-in text-to-speech reads back what you’ve typed
  • Grammar and spelling support
  • Export files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other programs
  • Create topic dictionaries from websites and Wikipedia links
  • More Information: http://donjohnston.com/cowriterapp
  • Cost: $19.99 Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod touch

iWordQ

  • Context-based word prediction tool; including homonyms
  • Make your own custom abbreviation to simplify your writing
  • Text-to-Speech function with breathing space added allows for you to listen to your writing to hear any mistakes and make changes and catch up as you proofread
  • More Information: http://www.goqsoftware.com/index.php
  • Cost: $24.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Fleksy

  • Increase your keyboard or text input system size to 114% the normal size increase ease of sight using this QWERTY keyboard
  • State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type
  • Powerful word prediction system and autocorrect system edits your text without the need to even see the keyboard
  • More Information: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.syntellia.fleksy.keyboard&hl=en
  • Cost: $0.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch; Android

TextExpander

  • Type more with less effort using this custom keyboard shortcut app
  • Create custom abbreviations called snippets of frequently used words and phrases for easy, quick entry into your documents
  • Insert snippets by simply touching on them on your screen
  • Use Dropbox to sync your snippets across devices
  • More Information: http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/
  • Cost: $4.99
  • Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

eType

  • Program auto-completes words as you type fostering faster typing
  • Have your spelling mistakes corrected before they happen
  • Integrates within most programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook and more
  • Translation features to insure you are choosing the correct word while you type along with dictionaries to support vocabulary
  • More Information: http://www.etype.com/
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Windows
Source: Augsberg College

Services

The DRC provides transition assistance to incoming students. Entry to the university setting from high school, community college, or employment can be stressful. Some students need to review basic subjects or need assessment to determine if college is right for them. The DRC will help you navigate this sometimes-complicated process.

Admission requirements for the University are the same for all students, regardless of the presence of a disabling condition and may change from year to year. Students who do not meet these criteria should speak with admissions to explore alternative admissions options. Students planning to use DRC services are encouraged to meet with an Accessibility Consultant several weeks before their first semester begins because it can take time to arrange for individual accommodations.

Whenever possible equal access for individuals with disabilities will be achieved by implementing principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. When barriers still exist students may request reasonable accommodations as a means of securing equal access. Accommodations should be requested through the DRC rather than directly to faculty members.

Accommodations are determined on an individualized basis. There is no predetermined list of accommodations for any particular disability. Accommodations are determined through an interactive process that begins during a student’s intake interview with their Accessibility Consultant. Accommodation decisions are based on the impact of a student’s disability, any relevant academic policies, and an assessment of the essential elements of a course or program of study.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines reasonable accommodations as the provision of services, such as interpreters, note-takers, extended time on examinations, architectural access, program modification and other adjustments. Participants must be otherwise qualified for the program in which they are enrolled.
Neither Section 504, nor the ADA, requires universities to lower their academic standards or substantially alter the essential elements of their courses or programs to accommodate students with disabilities. The requirement to provide reasonable accommodations is designed to afford equal access for students with disabilities. Achieving reasonable accommodations for a student with a disability involves shared responsibility among students, faculty, and staff.

Eligibility for accommodated testing is based on the presence of a disability that impacts exam performance. Students seeking exam accommodations may be asked to provide documentation of their disability as well as evidence of its impact on exams.
Students who have been approved for exam accommodations should follow the process below each semester to secure their accommodations.

Log in to Materials and Testing Services

  1. Open a browser and navigate to testing.usu.edu
  2. Select the schedule your tests online link listed under Schedule an Exam
  3. Select the Student, Faculty, Staff Login button
  4. Log in using Student ID and Banner Password

Request Exam Accommodations for Each Class

Please note: For each exam accommodation request, an email notification will automatically be sent to each instructor listed for the course.

  1. Under My Courses select the Request Accommodations button for each class in which exam accommodations will be necessary
    Important: Accommodations can be requested by a student at any point during a semester, however requests for exam accommodations must be made with sufficient time allotted for the exam accommodation to be put into place.
  2. After accommodations for the course have been requested, students are encouraged to schedule exams as soon as possible
  3. Log out of MATS and close the browser

Additional information about requesting accommodations using MATS can be found at the Requesting Accommodations page of the Materials & Testing Services Guide.

To schedule exams, please complete the instructions listed below:

Log in to Materials and Testing Services (MATS)

  1. Open a browser and navigate to testing.usu.edu
  2. Select the schedule your tests online link listed under Schedule an Exam
  3. Select the Student, Faculty, Staff Login button
  4. Log in using Student ID and Banner Password

Schedule Exam

  1. Select the Schedule a Test button
    1. (Spring 2017 Semester) Select the Try the New Reservation Tool button
  2. Follow the guided steps on the Schedule a Test page and select Save Reservation
    1. Choose a Testing Center
      Important: If an instructor has specified that an exam will be available at the Testing Center, exam accommodations will be provided at the Testing Center.
      If an instructor has specified an exam will take place in class, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will provide the accommodations.
      In some cases, an instructor will provide exam accommodations. In these cases, reservations at the DRC are not required.
    2. Choose a Course
    3. Choose an Exam
      If the appropriate exam is not listed, and the exam will be accommodated at the Testing Center, contact your instructor.
      If the appropriate exam is not listed, and the exam will be accommodated at the DRC, select Not Listed.
    4. Select Reservation Date & Time
      Please Note: All exams taken at the DRC must be scheduled three business days in advance. Exams scheduled after the deadline may not be accommodated.
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Additional information about scheduling exams using MATS can be found at the Materials & Testing Services Guide.

Things to Remember:

In-class exams must be given at the same time as they are given to the class for which the student is registered. The DRC does not have the authority to change the time of exams. Permission to administer an exam at a time different than the class must be communicated to the DRC by the instructor.

All examinations must be scheduled during DRC business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Examinations must be completed by the end of the business day. Please contact the DRC Testing Coordinator if other arrangements must be made.

Arrive on time. Late arrival may result in a need to contact your instructor for approval to start your exam.

Plan for your personal needs: eat, take medications, use the restroom, and make arrangements for transportation and childcare.

Once the exam has begun, students may not leave the testing room until the exam is finished, unless permission is granted from the testing coordinator.

All books, homework, cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices must be left with the testing coordinator while the student is taking the exam. Any materials allowed in the exam room must be authorized by the instructor.

Violations of academic honesty will be reported to the instructor immediately.

If there is a disability related reason that you cannot make it to an exam email both your DRC consultant and your instructor to explain your situation.
  • Testing accommodations must be requested via email from your DRC Counselor each semester. Please list the class name and the accommodations requested.
  • A Distance Education Exam Accommodation form will be sent to you, your instructor, and a site facilitator at your regional campus.
  • When testing will be done at a USU Regional Campus you will need to contact the local testing coordinator for specific instructions about scheduling accommodated exams at your location.

Students who have a disability that impacts their ability to access reading materials should speak with their Accessibility Consultant about Alternative Format Services. Upon request the DRC will provide alternative accessible formats of required and recommended readings for eligible students. The DRC can also coordinate with the library to provide accessible formats for any library book. The University also has a number of resources that all students may use to create alternative format materials.

Requesting Alternative Format Materials
Once you register for your course, or as soon as you know you need reading materials in an alternative format, submit an alternative format request to Daleen King. This can be through email drc.af@usu.edu, or in person. Requests should include 1) a list of the books/readings to be converted, 2) the ISBNs of your books or location of readings, and 3) your preferred format (audio, PDF, RTF, etc.).

Verifying ownership of textbook/course reader
For the sake of time, you do not need to purchase your book in order to make a request. However, you must show proof of purchase before the DRC can release alternate format books to you.

General Time Frames
To be sure you have your alt media before the start of classes, submit your alt media request during class registration or at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of class. The DRC will make its reasonable best efforts to provide full production of the material submitted by this time frame at least three days before the start of classes.

Standard Production Time
Producing edited alt media for most textbooks takes two (2) to four (4) weeks, course readers can take 3-5 weeks to complete. This timeline can be less based on what is available and the office workload. This emphasizes the need for early requests
Expedited Production (Rolling Basis)

When a shorter turn-around time is needed to complete a required course assignment, you may opt to obtain portions of your textbook or course reader as needed on a "rolling basis", rather than at the end of the Standard Production Time. Prioritize conversion of required portions of your textbook, course reader, or other material distributed by instructors by requesting portions of the material and identifying the date the assignment is due. Starting within five business days of an urgent request for portions of a textbook, and starting within eight business days of an urgent request for portions of a course reader, those portions of the textbook, course reader or other materials that are due will be provided on a "rolling basis" prior to each upcoming due date. The complete textbook, course reader or other materials will be provided as soon as reasonable.

Braille and Specialized Text
Conversion for subjects such as math, chemistry, computer science, or foreign languages may take longer to convert given the extent of symbols and equations they contain. Requests for Braille may also take longer due to the amount of re-formatting necessary.

Creating Alternate Format Materials Yourself
There are several options available for converting the format of hard copy printed materials when the amount of material involved is small, and you want the materials very quickly. To make this as easy as possible, scanners (with multiple formatting choices) are located in the library and in the DRC. Students may use any of these scanners at no charge. Students who are unable to use the self-scanners due to a disability will be assisted upon request.

Software:
The following software is available to assist students who are converting materials themselves.

  • TextAloud- can be used to convert text to speech. The user cuts and pastes the text into the window of the program to hear it read aloud. Can be used to process entire files into audio. TextAloud also has toolbars that read text inside of Firefox, Internet Explorer, MS Word, and MS Outlook.
  • Balabolka (free)- Another free software program that converts text to speech. Does not have toolbars
  • Adobe 11 Professional -A PDF reader/writer that allows the user to add accessibility features.
  • WYNN- allows scanned materials to be read back aloud or saved to Mp3.


Appropriate Use of Alt Media

When you request alt media you are agreeing to the following: Any materials provided to you by DRC may not be copied or distributed in any manner that violates copyright law. For example if you sell the original hard copy version of a copyright protected text, you must promptly return the converted alternative media version to the DRC DSP or self-delete your electronic version.

Accessing and effectively using notes is an important part of success in most USU courses. There are many ways to improve your ability to take notes independently and effectively including:

  • Review note taking resources at the Academic Success Center's Website
  • Use a digital recorder or Livescribe Pen. The Livescribe Pen allows you to sync a recording of the lecture to your own notes.
  • Print any instructor provided guided notes or PowerPoints slides prior to class and take your notes on the same paper.


Students who do not feel they have access to notes independently may request note taking services from their Accessibility Consultant. Students approved for DRC Note Taking Services may arrange for them in one of two ways.

Student Directed:
Student may ask a friend or classmate to take notes. Carbonless lined paper is available from the DRC. Note-taker's arranged for in this manor are still eligible for stipends but they must register with the DRC. Supervision of the note-taker is the responsibility of the student. This includes class attendance, quality of notes, and delivery of notes to the student. If at any time the student would like to have a DRC-coordinated note-taker, they should contact the Note-taking Coordinator to make a formal request

DRC Directed:
Requests for a DRC note-taker should be made as soon as you are aware of the need. The request can be made in person, by emailing drcnotes@usu.edu or on the DRC website. Notes will be delivered to you via your USU Box account. A student receiving notes should contact the Note-Taking Coordinator if they drop a class, no longer need notes for a class, or if there is a problem with the notes they are receiving. 

Students seeking communication access via transcription, sign language interpreters, or CART services should meet with the Deaf Services Coordinator several weeks prior to the beginning of the semester to discuss their needs. Specific guidelines are outlined in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Handbook.

At USU students are expected to attend classes, laboratory periods, examinations, and clinical assignments, as well as adhere to the attendance policies set by faculty. If a student feels that he/she may need additional flexibility because of a disability, the student remains responsible for fulfilling the essential requirements of the course. The essential requirements are defined by the instructor, who determines if and when these requirements have been met. Faculty are not required to compromise the essential elements of the course as an accommodation.

With this understanding, students who feel that they may need an attendance adjustment should follow the following procedure in making their request:

  • Review the course syllabus to determine the instructor's attendance expectations.
  • Meet with your Accessibility Consultant as early in the semester as possible to discuss your specific needs.
  • Provide current documentation from your health care provider that specifically addresses your need for an attendance adjustment.
  • To determine reasonable attendance accommodations your accessibility consultant will contact your instructor. The extent of reasonable attendance accommodation is determined by the DRC and faculty members using specific course related information.
  • If the request is granted, students will be provided with information about the extent of the accommodation.
  • You will then need to meet with your instructor to determine how you will communicate the need to miss a class and how to make-up missed work.

Students using attendance accommodations should be aware that:

  • You may not miss class whenever you want. Attendance accommodations are for disability related absences only
  • You are still responsible for all course work. You need to have a plan for obtaining any missed notes, announcements, or class lecture materials

If class absences are beyond what is a reasonable accommodation for the class you will need to work with your Accessibility Consultant to discuss other reasonable accommodations such as withdrawal, late drop, or incomplete.

Pre-Priority registration is available to students who have specific disability related scheduling needs. Contact your Accessibility Consultant if you feel you have a disability related need for early registration. Priority registration dates will be emailed to eligible students. Students who miss the pre-priority registration deadlines must participate in the regular registration process.

Academic accommodation for the University Studies Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirements may be considered after a student has demonstrated, through educational history and medical or psychological documentation, that he or she needs the accommodation.

QL/QI Accommodations should be request through a student’s Accessibility Consultant in the DRC. Accommodations are granted on a case-by-case basis following a review by the QL/QI Accommodation Committee. Accommodation is made by substituting alternative courses, as approved by the General Education Committee for required QL/QI courses.

Course substitutions for classes determined by a student’s Department and College to be non-essential may also be available. Requests should be made to your Accessibility Consultant who will work with the appropriate department to determine if a substitution is appropriate.

This Grievance Procedure may be used by any student who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by Utah State University.

Students are encouraged to first discuss any concerns with their DRC consultant. She/he will be the person most knowledgeable about your situation and most concerns will be resolved at this level. If need be DRC Director David Pruden will work with the student and consultant to resolve problems informally. If the issue is not sufficiency resolved a formal complaint may be filed.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination. It should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than 30 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
David Pruden
Director
Disability Resource Center
University Inn #105
david.pruden@usu.edu

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint David will speak with the student to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 7 calendar days of the meeting, David will respond in writing to explain the position of the DRC.

If the response by David does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to:

James Morales
Vice President for Student Services
Taggart Student Center, Room 220
(435) 797-1712
james.morales@usu.edu

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal he will speak with the student individually to resolve problems related to services and treatment. Within 7 calendar days he, VP Morales, will respond in writing explaining the position of USU.
The Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office, located in room 115 of the Military Science building, (435) 797-1266 will review either formal or informal disability-related complaints following the process outlined in Article VII, Section 4 of the USU Student Code.

Although students are encouraged to try to resolve grievances within the campus, you also have the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at any time . Additional information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 can be found online athttp://www.adainformation.com/ and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website athttp://eeoc.gov/ .

Utah State University makes appropriate accommodations within Housing and Residence Life. Accommodations should be requested through the Disability Resource Center. Documentation demonstrating a relationship between an individual’s disability and the requested accommodations may be needed.

Access and Diversity Center
The Mission of the Access & Diversity Center is to promote inclusion, support student retention and academic success, enhance student’s educational experience, foster responsible citizenship, and develop diverse student leaders at Utah State University.

  • Multicultural Student Programs
  • LGBTQA Student Programs
  • Non-Traditional Student Programs
  • Interfaith Student Programs
  • Access and Diversity Programs


Academic Success Center (ASC)
Provides resources that enhance learning skills.

  • Supplimental Instruction
  • Drop-in Math/Stats Tutoring (TSC 225A)
  • USU 1730-Strategies for Academic Success classes
  • Online Workshops
  • Study Skills Quickshop Series
  • Online Study Smart Starter Kit


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Provides students assistance with mental health issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, eating concerns, compulsive behaviors and underachivement.

  • Individual, Group, and Couples Counselling
  • Crisis Counselling
  • Workshops
  • Psychoeducational evaluations


Student Health Services
Provides a “doctor's office” for students and meets basic health care needs on campus.

  • Medical Appointments
  • Laboratory tests
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling


Student Support Services
Provides academic support for first generation, low income, or students with disabilities.

  • Academic Advising
  • College Reading Strategies Course
  • Smaller Sections of Math
  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Workshops
  • Early registration