Disability Services

Assistive Technology

Five devices used to accommodate individuals with disabilities

Consistent with Baruch College's mission of access and excellence in post-secondary education, the office of Student Disability Services (SDS) 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 specifically designed to be used by individuals with disabilities to increase or maintain their functional capabilities. Assistive Technology can be either hardware or software.

Some examples of Assistive Technology includes screen enlargement and screen reading software for visually impaired and totally blind students. Students with cognitive disabilities can benefit from reading software that tracks and highlights text as the text is read aloud. An Assistive Listening device can be used by students who are hard of hearing. Alternate mice and keyboards are often utilized by those who have physical or motor impairments. Speech recognition software can assist students who have limited use of a keyboard and mouse to enter information into a computer.

In order to be accommodated with any Assistive Technology, students must first meet with the Director or Assistant Director in the Student Disability Services office and provide documentation of their disability.

Cognitive Disability

Hearing Disability

Motor Disability

Visual Disability

To learn more about accessibility and making digital content accessible please visit the IT Accessibility page.