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ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES – CURRENT STUDENTS

The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities receive the accommodations to which they are entitled. Current students who have any questions related to their accommodations are encouraged to reach out to OAR staff. Please see our contact information below:

Dr. Karen Grella
Accessibility Resources Coordinator
karen.grella@cayuga-cc.edu
315-593-9323 or 315-294-8633

Heather Crofoot
Instructional Assistant (Fulton)
hcrofoot@cayuga-cc.edu
315-593-9327

Jeanne Shaw
Instructional Assistant (Auburn)
jeanne.shaw@cayuga-cc.edu
315-294-8422

GENERAL REMINDERS

Students need to meet with the Accessibility Resources Coordinator each semester in order to set up their accommodations. Students are highly encouraged to schedule their accommodations meeting at the beginning of each semester. Please note: Accommodations can be reevaluated at any time during the semester.

Online students requesting accommodations need to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources each semester to discuss accommodations with the Accessibility Resources Coordinator.

In order to receive accommodations in their courses for each semester, students are responsible for discussing their accommodations with their instructors and providing them with copies of their accommodation letters.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND SERVICES

TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

The Office of Accessibility Resources may determine that testing accommodations are an appropriate accommodation for a student with a disability. Testing accommodations are designed to mitigate any barriers a student with a disability may experience in a test-taking environment/situation and are approved on an individualized, case-by-case basis.

  • The Learning Commons-Academic Support on the Auburn and Fulton campuses proctors in-person exams and quizzes for students who are registered with the Office of Accessibility Resources and have approved testing accommodations.
  • Students are responsible for scheduling their tests and quizzes in the Learning Commons-Academic Support by making appointments with Office of Accessibility Resources staff Jeanne Shaw (Auburn) or Heather Crofoot (Fulton).
  • For on-campus testing accommodations that involve the use of assistive technology, students are encouraged to schedule their exams 3 days prior to their exam date.

NOTETAKING ASSISTANCE

The Office of Accessibility Resources may determine that a student is entitled to notetaking assistance. The specific type of notetaking assistance is established based on the student’s disability-related needs and the nature of their course(s).

Notetaking assistance may include:

  • Use of a peer notetaker
    • Students receiving peer notetaking assistance will receive electronic copies (PDF) of the notes requested via their ϱ俪email within 24 hours of class time. Students should check their ϱ俪email regularly.
  • Receipt of instructor lecture notes, outlines, or PowerPoints
  • Permission to audio record classes
  • Technology-based assistance -use of a laptop/tablet, Livescribe Smartpen, digital voice recorder, etc.

ALTERNATE FORMAT

The Office of Accessibility Resources may determine that a student is eligible to receive alternate formats of printed materials. Alternative text formats are provided as accessible digital versions of course material, such as textbooks, course packets, and other printed material that can be used with text-to-speech software and screen readers. Students who receive an alternate format as an accommodation may request any print material from their courses be converted to an accessible format.

  • Students receiving alternate format of their textbooks (e-text) need to provide a copy of their textbook purchase receipt to Office of Accessibility Resources staff before they are issued copies of their textbooks in e-text format (PDF).
  • Read&Write and Equatio are available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff with a current ϱ俪email account.

INTERPRETER SERVICES

Students have the right to a qualified sign language interpreter while enrolled at ϱ俪. Students need to provide documentation of their disability and meet with the Accessibility Resources Coordinator to formally request interpreter services for their courses.

  • Students should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources as soon as possible to arrange for interpreter services.
  • For specific policies and procedures, see the Office of Accessibility Resources’ Interpreter Services Policies and Procedures.

ACCESSIBLE FURNITURE

  • Accessible furniture including desks, tables, and chairs will be provided to students with appropriate documentation of disability-related needs.
  • Contact the Office of Accessibility Resources as soon as possible to arrange for accessible furniture accommodations.

SERVICE ANIMALS

  • According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), “service animals” are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. 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. ϱ俪 follows the provisions of the ADA by permitting service dogs on campus.
  • Individuals who require the use of a service animal are not obligated to register with the Office Accessibility Resources, but are encouraged to do so in the event of any issues or concerns.