Disability Services offers a variety of accommodations for students to have an equitable college experience.
The following are typical accommodations offered to students at Occidental College. This is not an exhaustive list, as all accommodations are determined and assigned on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Disability Services Office for more information.
- Extended time on exams, typically 1.5x (50% extra)
- The use of a computer to type written exams, or use of assistive technology on exams
- Reduced-distraction testing environment
- The ability to take breaks during exams
- The use of a calculator when basic quantitative skills are not being tested
- The use of a spell-checker when spelling/grammar is not being tested
- Printed material in alternate format (E-text or audiobook)
- The ability to record lecture, with prior approval from professor(s)
- The use of a computer for note-taking during class
- The ability to take short breaks during class
- Course substitutions for students with qualifying disabilities
- Reduced courseload
- Housing accommodations based on medical necessity
- Access to facilities and programs
Software for Dictating
Dragon Speaking Naturally 10 (for Windows with a Vista operating platform/program): Dictates 140-160 words per minute. It responds to a list of basic commands for punctuation and grammar.
Read Please!: A free text-into-speech software program for Windows, available online: www.readplease.com. It reads text via Windows Clipboard from any program.
Software for Reading
Natural Reader 10: A free text to speech software available at www.naturalreaders.com.
Learning Ally (RFB&D) Subscription (Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic): Books made available for listening as MP3 files, enabling students with learning or print (visual/physical disability that inhibits effective access to printed information) disabilities to access the required reading material.
Bookshare: Books made available for listening as MP3 files, enabling students with learning or print (visual/physical disability that inhibits effective access to printed information) disabilities to access the required reading material.
Access Text: Textbooks made available via PDF, enabling students with mobility impairments access to E-books. Students may also use text-to-speech software to listen to books in PDF.
Premier Literacy Suite 12: A package of multiple software programs that are accessible online, including but not limited to:
Universal Reader Plus (network version): This program is a talking pointer, that reads email, Microsoft Word documents, and web pages by selecting what the user wants it to read and clicking on the floating toolbar to start reading. The talking pointer works by using the mouse cursor to point at any text on the internet that the user wants to read and it also translates the text into to several different languages -- English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German -- by pressing "control-F6."
Talking word-processor: This program has text-to-speech capability that converts electronic documents into a portable compact audio file. It is compatible with all standard word-processor files including the latest versions of Microsoft Word, standard text, and Rich Text Formats (WordPerfect); talking grammar check; text-to-audio; Scan & Read Pro.
E-Text Reader: This program is a reading tool that opens and reads any document on the user's computer. Users can read at any speed and make notes into the document they are reading. Additionally, it allows users to cut and paste from any program on the computer. The E-Text Reader can read any document in Standard Text, MS Word, RTF ("Rich Text Format") and HTML formats.
Software for Writing
Inspiration 6: This program helps with outlining, pre-writing, and diagramming written assignments.
LiveScribe Pen: This pen records what users are listening to and links it to what they are writing. This system allows users to go back to the specific place in the lecture, speech, etc., and fill in information they missed while taking notes. The program requires use of special paper that accompanies the pen. For more information, please visit www.livescribe.com.
Last updated: February, 2021