Consistent with Baruch College's mission of access and excellence in post-secondary education, the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (OSSD) strives to help students who rely on assistive technology achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.
- Enhance compliance with the requirements of federal, state,
and local laws and policies regarding the use of adaptive technology
to achieve equal access for students with disabilities.
- Distribute resources and provide support for the delivery
of consistent and efficient assistive technology throughout the
- Assess students' assistive technology needs.
- Train students with disabilities in the use of assistive technology.
Assistive technology available through the OSSD includes but is not limited to the following:
- Cassette Players/Recorders and Transcription Machines: Both
standard (2-track) and Library of Congress (4-track) models are
available for use within our office or for loan.
- Closed Circuit TVs (CCTVs): Devices that
magnify printed materials onto a monitor for viewing. Stand-alone
models and a PC split screen model are available for use within
our testing/reading rooms.
- Communication Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Devices
include TDDs for electronic communication via telephone, as well
as FM amplification systems used to amplify a speaker’s
voice. Our office is equipped with a SuperPrint TTY with printer,
phones with amplified handsets, and William Sound Personal FM
- Computer Screen Enlargement Software: A
computer adaptation that magnifies and speaks text being displayed
on the computer screen. ZoomText Xtra Level 2 is available for
use within our assistive technology lab.
- Computer Screen Reading Software: A computer
adaptation that speaks the contents of the computer screen and
identifies graphic attributes found within Graphic User Interfaces.
Jaws For Windows (JFW) is available for use within our assistive
- Braille Writers / Braille Embossing: Devices
used to produce Braille materials. Manual Perkins Braillers,
a Braille'N Speak electronic notetaker, and a Juliet Interpoint
embosser are available.
- Reading Systems: Computer-based and stand-alone
systems that read aloud scanned materials. PCs installed with
Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 software, as well as ReadingEdge are
available within our assistive technology lab.
- Speech Recognition Systems: Computer-based
systems used to operate a computer via spoken commands in place
of a keyboard. A PC installed with Dragon Naturally Speaking
Professional is available.
- Tactile Image Enhancing: A device used to produce raised-line images from photocopied sources. Upon request our office will reproduce course materials, such as charts and graphs into raised-line images.