Accommodations for a College Student who has Low Vision
Third summer session begins
Location: SUNY Oswego
Thursday, July 2, 9:41 a.m. - 9:41 a.m.
Rice Creek Ramble
Guided walk showing visitors what creatures are around, what they eat and where they live. Participants should dress for the weather and call 312-6677 the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. Program size is limited; unable to accommodate groups. An adult must accompany children. Free.
Location: Rice Creek Field Station
Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m. - noon
Men's Soccer vs. St John Fisher Scrimmage (Time TBA)
Thursday, July 2, 9:43 a.m. - 9:43 a.m.
Women's Soccer vs. St. Lawrence
Tuesday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Harborfest Housing Available
Thursday, July 2, 9:42 a.m. - 9:42 a.m.
Derek and Access to Information
I'm Derek, a freshman studying Japanese and political science. I'm visually impaired. I can read large print but have trouble with the computer screen, especially when the lighting is poor. For the most part I am able to read large print text without any problems.
I need large-print materials for all of my courses. I also need access to a computer with enlarged images, a large screen, and reduced glare.
The disabilities services advisor helped me contact my professors two months prior to the upcoming semester. I was able to get reading lists for three out of four classes and producing materials in large print was arranged. I was also accommodated with a large monitor, screen magnification software, glare guard and talking grammar/spelling software for the computer in my dormitory. Each of the instructors also received guidelines from the student services center to provide any handouts in large-print format. (It turned out that some of my professors have many of their handouts posted on their websites; making it easy for me to view or print these flexible digital formats in a large font.) In addition, for each of my classes I was given preferential seating in the front row. Lectures were recorded on tape.
This case study illustrates the use of high and low technology solutions to support a student with visual impairments. In Derek's case, simple accommodations made by the instructors (preferential seating, enlarged handouts, taped lectures) were adequate to allow full participation in the courses.