Disability Accommodations and Assistive Technology

Disability Accommodations and Assistive Technology

Disability Services coordinates services and equipment for students with documented disabilities. These accommodations are available usually at no cost to students. Accommodations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Special placement test administration
  • Textbooks in alternate format
  • Testing modifications to include extra time, quiet testing environment or readers/scribes
  • Explanatory letter to instructors
  • Note Takers or scribes
  • Assistive Technology to include Dragon, Zoomtext, reading software, FM listening systems, OVAC magnifiers
  • Tape recorder/permission to tape record a class
  • Interpreter and remote or in-class captioning services
  • Information and referral to campus and community support services as well as information on community resources
  • Access to limited one-on-one tutoring in basic academic skills in addition to Success Center
  • Faculty and staff consultation
  • Limited short-term counseling services
  • Workshops and materials on effective study and test-taking skills
  • Classroom accessibility
  • Academic monitoring
  • Enlarged print and copy services

Facility Accommodations

Upon request, each classroom can be equipped with the following:

  • Adjustable desks
  • Large screen monitors
  • Speaking, reading and enlargement software
  • Wheelchair accessible desks
  • Arm rests and foot rests
  • Copy and book stands
  • Ergonomic chairs
  • Laptops and speakers for remote captioning
  • Magnification aids
  • Other assistive technology, as needed
  • All main building entrances and even some side entrances have electronic door openers and double doors and/or low poundage pull rates with accessible handles

Other Facility Accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • All main building entrances and even some side entrances have electronic door openers and double doors and/or low poundage pull rates with accessible handles
  • Cutaway ramps and handicapped parking available at every entrance on every campus
  • Evacuation plans, including designation of security officer’s assistance, for the safe exit of a building during an emergency for our disabled population
  • Mobility aids designed with rollers, treads, and braking mechanism that enable a person to be transported down stairs during evacuations will be available on every campus for persons unable to use stairs

Service Animals On Campus

Some students may require the aid of a service animal during their college education. Dogs are the most recognized and common service animals trained to assist students with a multitude of tasks and are routinely designated for service by special harnesses or labeled body sheaths. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Please read more about Service Animals on Campus.

Voter Registration Assistance

Students with disabilities may obtain information and assistance in voter registration through Disability Services. Staff will be available to help students fill out and submit voter registration cards. Current students attending the Marietta, Mountain View, Paulding, and Austell campus locations may call 770-528-4529; while students attending the Appalachian, Canton, North Metro, and Woodstock campuses may call 770-975-4099. For further information, students may view the link to “Georgia Student Voting Information”, which is a website specifically devoted to college and high school students who are interested in voting. Please visit: http://www.sos.ga.gov/ivote/