Required classroom textbooks or handouts can be provided to students in an alternative electronic format. A high-speed scanner is used to get pages into a digital format and can then be burned to CDs for use.
Multiple assistive technology devices are available to aid with student learning. SmartPens can record the audio of a lecture as well as the student's pen strokes in a special notebook so lecture notes can be listened to/viewed on the computer. Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech program that reads text out loud to students. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech-to-text dictation software that allows a student's words to be typed out onto the computer. There is audio note-taking software, screen magnifiers, audio recorders, and screen readers available as well.
For students who are hard of hearing or deaf, interpreters are an option. These are contracted positions through UW-L where a team of interpreters come into the classrooms throughout the semester.
If a DRS adviser deems a classroom note taker an appropriate accommodation for a student, then classroom note taking procedures and policies will be initiated. The student can remain anonymous to the designated classroom note taker if desired.
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