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With a little help from my friends:

Empowering students with disabilities with commercially available technologies.


Amy Borggaard Assistant Director of Disability Services, Assumption College
Ricardo Poza Instructional Technology Manager, Assumption College

MARCH 31 - 2015

Agenda

Assumption College at glance


Disability Services at Assumption College
Case study
iOS devices and accessibility / eBooks

Assumption College

Established in 1904
Roman Catholic, liberal arts college
Located in Worcester, MA
Undergraduate, Graduate and Associate degrees CCE programs
2200+ students

Disability Services

In 1992 only 13 students self identified as having some type of disability


(undergraduate population was approx. 1650).
As of the Spring 2015 semester, 224 undergraduate students have self
identified (undergraduate population is approx. 2200)

0.70%

99.30%

1992

10.18%

89.82%

2015

Academic Year
Info

Undergraduates

SWD

2006 - 2007

2,118

121

2007 - 2008

2,164

124

2008 - 2009

2,157

145

2009 - 2010

2,113

154

2010 - 2011

2,024

163

2011 - 2012

2,083

199

2012 - 2013

2,037

201

2013 - 2014

1,997

201

2014 - 2015

1,999

224

Disability Services
Types ofdisabilities
Visual impairment
Learning disabilities (language based) (dyslexia, ADHD, autism spectrum)
Physical Mobility
Psychiatric (PTSD, Anxiety, depression)
Hearingimpairment
Chronic medical conditions
TBI - Traumatic Brain injury
Accommodations
Notetakers
Textbooks in alternate formats
TestingAccommodations

Disability Services
Common considerations for use of alternate text formats
Blind/low vision
Deaf/hard of hearing
Print related disabilities
Reading Comprehension/Reading Fluency deficits
Physical Disabilities
Attention Deficit
Injuries

Case Study
Diagnosis: Dyslexia & Anxiety
Processing speed: 7%
Long term retrieval: 4%
Short term memory: 14%
Reading skills: 3.7 grade level
Reading fluency: 3.8 grade level
Math skills: 8th/9th grade level
Written expression: 9.8 grade level
Extreme diculty self-advocating, as
parents were no longer there to assist.

Disability Services
Approved accommodations
A reader and a scribe for all exams.
Extended time on exams
Study guides provided in advance
Permission to record lecture
Notes from a volunteer note-taker
Not to be called on to read aloud in class
Academic progress
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior (2.77 GPA). She uses alternate format texts such as PDF/ePub
(iBook) for all of her required texts each semester. Her success is directly
related to her ability to successfully access the technologies provided to
her.

iOS devices and accessibility (ebooks)

HALF OF U.S. HOMES OWN APPLE PRODUCTS


By Jodi Grainick 03/28/2012
There are more than 55 million U.S. homes with at least one iPhone, iPad,
iPod or Mac computer, according to CNBC's All-America Economic survey.

Apple devices have very strong built-in accessibility features.

iOS devices and accessibility (ebooks)


iBooks: is an ebook application, developed by Apple Inc., for both desktops
and mobile devices (FREE).
Formats: ePub/PDF
Highlighting
Note taking
Look up
Fully searchable
Bookmarks
Text to speech
Mobile device gestures/toggle shortcut
iBooks Store
Search books by ISBN

iOS devices and accessibility (ebooks)


ePub format
Authoring software

iBook author (FREE)


Pages

Multimedia content

Assessments
Audio/Video
Simulations
HTML able
Widgets

iOS devices and accessibility (ebooks)


Additional Tips
Mac OS

App Shortcuts

Start Speaking
Stop Speaking

Dictation and Speech

iOS

Accessibility shortcut
VoiceOver (settings)
Bold Text
iBooks gestures

One finger tap


Two finger swipe

Bridging The Gap: Empowering Students with Disabilities Through the Use
of Commercially Available and Customized Technologies

Throughout all my years of education I have always


had to find alternate waysto cope with my
disabilities in order to keep up, working double as
hard as other students just for half the
results...Sophomore year I was made aware of this
alternate text format accommodation,and toput
simply, not only did I manage to stay caught up with
this help but I am now on the Dean's List and
excelling.All I needed was an easy-to-use tool that I
can use for any of my course readings and it allows
me to be able to read at an average, or faster, speed
and also replay material as many times as needed.

THANK YOU
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