Disability Services

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Displays five devices used to accommodate individuals with a disability. The devices include  Braille Note takers, a speech communication board, an iPad with wireless keyboard, a laptop connected to a CCTV and Livescribe Pen with notebook.

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.

Objectives:

  • Enhance compliance with the requirements of federal, state, and local laws and policies regarding the use of Assistive 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 Baruch community.
  • Assess students' Assistive Technology needs.
  • Train students with disabilities in the use of Assistive Technology.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is hardware or software specifically designed to be used by individuals with disabilities to access electronic and information technology independently.

Some Assistive Technology software include screen enlargement and screen reading software for visually impaired and totally blind individuals. Individuals with learning disabilities can also benefit from various scan/read and writing applications, in addition to speech recognition software.

Assistive Technology hardware devices such as assistive listening devices can be used by individuals who are hard of hearing. Alternate mice and keyboards are often utilized by those who have physical or motor impairments. Individuals with learning disabilities can use  a talking dictionary/thesaurus. Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) are also used by individuals who are visually impaired.

In order to be accommodated with any assistive technology, a student must meet with the Director or Assistant Director in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities and provide documentation of their disability.