Working with a disability counselor is an important component in overall student success. Once you are assigned to a Disability counselor, they can meet anytime during your enrollment at Central Piedmont. Disability counselors work under a case management framework to assist you in many capacities, including but not limited to providing referrals (within Central Piedmont and in the community), advocating for you, providing academic accommodations, and offering support.
Disability Services has a staff of highly skilled interpreters. The academic success of a student with a hearing loss is contingent upon the quality and availability of these services. Sign Language Interpreters function as the primary communication channel between the student, faculty, and staff. Class schedule adjustments may be necessary to provide interpreting services for all students who need them. In addition to classroom accommodations, students with a hearing loss may also request assistive listening devices and interpreting services for campus activities and meetings with instructors and advisors. Contact Interpreting Services if you need to request interpreting to conduct any student business on campus.
Testing and Technology
Disability Services Testing Center
The Disability Services Testing Center at Central Campus is a distraction-reduced testing room. The testing center is an accommodation and it must be approved for student use.
Student and faculty responsibilities and directions for using the testing center are as follows.
- be approved to use the testing center as an accommodation.
- follow our procedure to request the testing center as an accommodation.
- provide instructor(s) with your accommodation form(s) each semester for each class.
- read, sign, and submit the Disability Services Testing Center Contract to the lab facilitators before taking the first test in the testing center.
- schedule a testing appointment one week in advance to guarantee the appointment.
- email lab facilitators at email@example.com to schedule testing appointments.
- receive the accommodation form from the student that indicates use of testing center.
- review the accommodation form procedure for faculty.
- Once the student has scheduled a testing appointment, faculty are responsible for submitting the test to the testing center.
- submit the Disability Services Test Entry Form with the test.
- submit a test and test entry form by emailing the lab facilitators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about using the testing center, please visit Disability Services Testing Center Information for Faculty on Faculty and Staff Resources (Central Piedmont login required).
If you have questions about testing accommodations at any of the Central Piedmont satellite campuses or locations, please contact Disability Services.
Assistive Technology: Software
Dragon NaturallySpeaking – This software allows the user to create and edit documents, e-mail, fill out forms and streamline workflow – all by speaking! Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional version is section 508 certified, and offers complete hands-free use of the PC for users with disabilities.
JAWS® for Windows® – The most popular screen reader worldwide works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable braille displays, providing unmatched braille support of any screen reader on the market.
Kurzweil 3000 – The premier reading, writing, and learning software for students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or other learning difficulties, including physical impairments or language learning needs. The software can access virtually any information, whether it is printed, electronic, or on the Web. Because Kurzweil 3000 is also content independent, teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of curriculum or lesson plan.
Read&Write Gold – A text-to-speech software with natural-sounding voices. Read&Write can be used with Macs, PCs, and tablets to assist students with reading and language skills.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader – The world's best magnification and reading software for the vision impaired. Whether you're surfing the web, creating a document, or mailing your friends, ZoomText lets you see, hear and use all of your applications easier than ever.
NVDA – NonVisual Desktop Access, or NVDA, is a free, downloadable screen reader that converts text to speech. NVDA is available in Disability Services Testing Center, but students may also wish to download this free software onto their personal computers or onto a USB drive, which allows students to use NVDA with virtually any computer.
Assistive Technology: Hardware
CCTV – This adjustable monitor magnifies text for an easier read. Additionally, CCTV’s have variable contrast settings and are easy to use. (The picture to the right demonstrates a student using a CCTV).
Livescribe Pen – This device is perfect for taking notes and simultaneously recording classroom discussions. Connect the Livescribe pen to your computer to save your notes online or convert to an MP3 format.
Amigo Portable Magnifier – This slim, light, and portable magnifier enables people with low vision to see objects on the go. The battery-operated system incorporates a 6.5" viewing screen with tilting capabilities for optimal viewing.
Assistive Listening Devices – This system is composed of a microphone, transmitter component, receiver, and an earmold. This system amplifies only the sound source picked up by the microphone. Assistive learning devices are used by people with all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound.
Central Piedmont's assistive technology hardware can be loaned to students who are registered with Disability Services. All assistive technology equipment is in limited supply and must be returned at the end of the semester. Please contact your disability counselor to request assistive technology accommodation(s) at Central Piedmont.
Free Assistive Technology
Here are some free assistive technology resources that are available for everyone.
NaturalReader – Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.
SpeakIt – Downloadable software used with Google Chrome. SpeakIt uses text-to-speech technology to read selected text in over 50 languages.
Please keep in mind that Central Piedmont Disability Services is not responsible for mishaps that may occur when downloading free software.