Center for Accessibility

Mission Statement

The Center For Accessibility at Atlantic Cape Community College exists to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in educational and co-curricular offerings by providing reasonable and ethical accommodations consistent with ADA guidelines utilizing an individualized, student-centered approach; modeling best practices through training, collaboration and engagement within the campus communities.

Employee Name & Title Phone Number Email Address

Paula Stewart Davis
Dean 
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 

(609) 343 5091 pdavis@atlantic.edu
Michael Barnes 
Assistant Director 
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5032 mbarnes@atlantic.edu
Lucy McGlynn 
Counselor III 
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5090 lmcglynn@atlantic.edu
Chad Bullock 
Senior Manager Adaptive Technology 
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5107 cbullock@atlantic.edu
Victor M. Moreno 
Office Assistant   
Center for Accessibility
(609) 343-5680 vmoreno@atlantic.edu

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Definition of Disability

A person with a disability is defined as an individual who has or is regarded as having any mental or physical condition that substantially impairs or restricts one or more major life activities such as performing normal tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. This includes, but is not limited to, such disabling conditions as visual impairments, psychological/emotional disabilities, speech and/or hearing impairments, mobility impairments or learning disabilities.

Reasonable Accommodations

Eligibility

Eligibility for student accommodations is based on medical and/or other professional documentation of disability as well as the impact the disability has on the students’ access to their education. Contact the Assistant Director of The Center for Accessibility (CFA) for information about appropriate documentation of disabilities. Call 609-343-5680, email cfa@atlantic.edu or stop in the Office of Counseling and Student Support. Please note this is an individualized process, and will vary based on student needs. It is the responsibility of the student with a disability to identify himself/herself as having a disability and to request academic adjustments, auxiliary aids and/or modifications necessary to receive equal access to the College’s program, activities and services. The person with a disability can initiate self-identification by seeking assistance from The Center for Accessibility. Students who self-identify elsewhere will be referred to the Center for Accessibility.

Provision of Accommodations

In order to receive accommodations in a timely manner students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the CFA for documentation review and individualized need assessment. The process for obtaining reasonable accommodations is as follows:

  1. Call (609-343-5680), email (cfa@atlantic.edu), or stop by the Center for Accessibility (J-117) to schedule an intake meeting. While it is our preference to discuss your needs in person this meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone. 
  2. On or before the intake meeting, students must submit supporting documentation, which includes a diagnosis of medical condition(s) and sufficient information regarding the impact on the students ability to perform and/or function. Documentation must support the need for the accommodations requested. Typically an IEP/504 plan will be sufficient. 
    The documentation can be submitted in one of three ways. Sending as an email attachment to: cfa@atlantic.edu, Faxing to 609-343-5680, Bringing the documentation to the intake appointment
Determination
Upon completion of the intake, The Center for Accessibility will review the submitted documentation.   Students will receive a response via email, within 10 business days, with one of the following application statuses:

1. Reasonable Accommodations Approved: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations have been approved, the student will be required to schedule a follow up meeting with their assigned counselor to finalize the process for receiving accommodations. This meeting can be done in person, via Skype, or by phone.

2. More Information Needed: when a student’s request for reasonable accommodations cannot be approved due to insufficient documentation the student will be notified via email that will specifically outline the additional documentation or information needed.

3. Application Not Approved: when a determination is made that the student is not entitled to the accommodation requested, the student will receive notice of the denial, via email. A student may request a follow up meeting with the Center for Accessibility in order to discuss rationale for the denial, and to advise the student of his/her right to seek reconsideration and to appeal the determination.

Areas of Responsibility For Providing Accommodations

  • The Center for Accessibility does not have the sole responsibility for providing modifications and or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities. Rather, it is the function of this office to assist and enable all areas of the college to meet mandated responsibilities. Recommendations for the services will be developed in consultation with the appropriate faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • The Right To Succeed: Atlantic Cape Community College believes that all students are entitled to an equal opportunity to succeed academically.
  • Faculty are requested to inform students about services available to them through the CFA
  • Atlantic Cape Community College is committed to ensuring that all accommodations are implemented in a timely manner under the supervision of the Center for Accessibility.

GUIDELINES FOR ACCOMMODATIONS

Extended time for tests and examinations:

  1. The student is responsible for scheduling their exam with the Testing Center at least 5 days in advance of the exam.
  2. Extended time tests (duration to be determined at time of intake based on provided student documentation) may be proctored by someone designated by the Assistant Director of the Center for Accessibility in consultation with the director of testing services at the specific campus where the test is to be taken, or by the faculty member giving the exam.
  3. Every effort will be made to ensure the student is able to take the test at the same date and time as their peers.
  4. It is faculty responsibility to ensure the testing center has the exam before the test date. Under no circumstances are students to transport their tests and/or examinations to the Testing Center. Security of the test materials is then provided by the Testing Center staff. The faculty member may pick up the test or arrange for delivery under secure conditions.
  5. Proctors who act as scribes and/or readers for CFA students will read test items exactly as given. Proctor readers will not provide additional information, interpretation or definitions about test items unless specifically included as part of the modifications provided to students.
  6. Tests will be administered in accordance with written instructions from the instructor.

Extended Time for Written Assignments

To be provided on a case-by-case basis after consultation between the course instructor and the Assistant Director of the Center for Accessibility.

Audio Recording of Class Lectures

Permitted for each student who has been given the accommodation by the CFA. The College may require the student to sign a Recording agreement specifying limited use of the taped material.

Note Takers

To be provided for students who, because of developmental physical and/or learning disabilities, need assistance with taking lecture notes during class sessions. This need must be specifically defined in the documentation provided by the student. Note takers are not required to attend class and take notes when it is known that the student receiving this service will be absent for any reason. Note taking software and assistive technologies that specifically assist in note taking are available to all CFA students with this approved accommodation. Call us or stop by for a demonstration. 

Sign Language Interpreters

The student who qualifies for this service is responsible for contacting the Interpreter, as much in advance as possible, when the student will not be attending class.

Aides/Personal Assistants

The College does not provide Personal Aides or Assistants. It does not provide services of a personal nature, which includes assistance in transporting, eating, toilet usage, guides and dressing, etc. If students have questions on how to obtain a personal care attendant the CFA will provide pertinent referral information.

Specialized Equipment

The College does not provide personal devices such as wheelchairs, and individually prescribed devices such as hearing aids. Information on modified or specialized equipment available at the college may be obtained in the office of Counseling and Student Services.

Building and Room Location

When necessary, classes may be moved to an accessible location to accommodate a student with impaired mobility, or under documented special circumstances. This determination shall be made, by the Assistant Director of CFA. The Assistant Director will consult with the faculty member and the head of the department for the specific course regarding the selection of an alternate location.

Course Substitution

  1. Course substitution will be considered as a reasonable accommodation if supported by documentation and provided the substitution does not fundamentally alter the nature of the academic program in which the student is enrolled or excuse the student from courses that are integral to that program.
  2. This decision shall be made by the Academic Dean of the Division of the student's major field in consultation with appropriate faculty, the Assistant Director of CFA, and/or the ADA/504 Coordinator.

Transportation

  1. If a field trip is scheduled for a class in which a disabled student is enrolled and transportation is provided by the college, the transportation will be handicapped accessible.
  2. Field trips and field experiences for courses that have enrolled students with disabilities must be made to accessible sites. If there is an insurmountable barrier to providing access to a site that is essential to the course or program, students with disabilities denied access must be provided an alternative educational experience that offers comparable and equal instructional benefits.

 

ADA/504 Grievance Procedure

If a student believes that he or she has been discriminated against in connection with any Atlantic Cape Community College program or activity because of a disability, he or she has the right to submit a grievance to have their concerns formally addressed. No qualified student with a disability shall be denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any college program or activity. The procedures below apply to any discrimination and harassment by employees, students and/or third parties. Any form of retaliation against individuals who complain about discrimination, file grievances, or participate in the grievance process is strictly prohibited.

Grievances Covered

These grievance procedures are applicable to grievances arising from disagreements regarding requested accommodations and/or other complaints alleging that Atlantic Cape Community College has violated applicable disability anti-discrimination law.  It should be noted that nothing in these procedures shall be deemed to require Atlantic Cape Community College to fundamentally alter its programs by modifying or waiving academic requirements that it deems essential to a course of study, or materially altering applicable codes of conduct or academic integrity.  Please note that all complaints and grievances must be filed within 60 calendar days of the alleged act, in writing or via audio recording. Additionally, The Center for Accessibility will self-report to the Atlantic Cape Community College’s ADA/504 Coordinator in the event that a complaint cannot be resolved within the CFA.

Informal Grievance Process

The complainant can file an informal grievance by first contacting the Assistant Director of CFA, who (acting directly or through a designee) shall attempt to resolve the matter through informal consultations with the complainant, The Director of Counseling and Support Services, and/or other appropriate administrators over a period not to exceed ten business days. If the complaint is not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction in a timely manner, the student may initiate a formal grievance process as described below. Please note that the complainant has the right to file a formal grievance at any time. Furthermore, the CFA office will self-report any instance when a complaint cannot be resolved to the ADA/504 coordinator within 2 business days. In such an instance a written statement, signed by the student, will be prepared documenting the resolution of the complaint and the manner it was resolved.

Formal Complaint Process

An individual who believes that discrimination or harassment has occurred may file a formal grievance. If accommodations are required to submit a complaint, The Center for Accessibility will provide accommodations. The formal complaint must include the following information:

  1. A full description of the problem and any relevant facts;
  2. A summary of the steps the complainant has already taken to attempt to resolve the problem, including the names of persons involved;
  3. A statement of the requested resolution and the complainant’s rationale for the requested accommodations;
  4. Any supporting documentation; and
  5. The name, contact information and signature of the person initiating the complaint.
    The ADA/504 Coordinator may interview or consult with the complainant and any other individual the he/she believes to have relevant information, including faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, all interested parties have the opportunity to provide any relevant evidence including witnesses and documentation. Please note that this form, upon submission, is sent directly to the Vice President of Student Affairs who acts as the ADA 504 Coordinator for Atlantic Cape Community College.

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The ADA/504 Coordinator will provide the results of their investigation and a proposed resolution, if any within ten business days. Possible resolutions may include but are not limited to, corrective steps and measures to provide reasonable accommodations or a determination that the complainant is not entitled to the accommodations requested. If discrimination is found to have occurred, appropriate corrective and remedial action will be taken. The ADA/504 Coordinator will promptly communicate the resolution to the complainant and the relevant department or other individuals in writing within 10 business days of the ruling. The decision of the ADA/504 Coordinator will be final and any actions taken in response will complete the grievance process. Regardless of the final result of the formal grievance process all parties involved retain the right to file a complaint with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division at https://www.ada.gov/fact_on_complaint.htm

To file an ADA complaint by mail:

US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section – 1425 NYAV
Washington, D.C. 20530

To file an ADA complaint by fax: 202.307.1197

Assistive Technology Suites/Resource Rooms

In keeping with our mission statement, this area has been designed to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for students who have diverse disabilities and different styles of learning. Accordingly, there is both software and hardware to meet the needs of individuals who are auditory, visual, “hands-on,” or combination learners. There are six computers available which are linked to a printer in the Resource Room. Students with disabilities are encouraged to utilize the assistive technology available. The following provides a brief description of are current assistive technology. 

Epson Perfection Scanners

A premium value that adds automated document scanning capabilities with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution. Makes it easy for anyone to quickly scan photos or documents. Our scanners work in conjunction with speech recognition software applications.

SARA:

Freedom Scientific’s Scanning and Reading Appliance. A stand alone device designed to ass the blind and those with low vision read printed materials. SARA uses optical character recognition to scan pages and then reads the content of that page back with human-sounding synthesized speech.

ONYX Desktop XL:

Makes seeing printed type, pictures, handwriting, and small details easy. Includes features for document reading, distance reading, self viewing, autofocus, increased and decreased brightness, masking, reading lines, freeze frame, and find functions to easily target distant objects.

VERA:

or “Very Easy Reading Apparatus” is designed for students who are blind or with low vision. It is also a very helpful tool for students with learning disabilities. The VERA System takes a picture of printed material with its scanner and then reads the text in crisp, clear speech through and internal synthesizer.

Eye Pal Solo:

Hand motion activated, easy to use scanner/reader device designed to make reading and other everyday tasks easier to perform. Eye-Pal SOLO reads printed material without the need of a computer.

Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier:

The Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier displays printed materials in high-contrast black text on white or white text on black.

Software

Bookshare:

A huge collection of accessible eBooks for people with reading barriers.

Learning Ally:

Software programs, technology and solutions that dramatically improve outcomes for students with print-related disabilities like blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia and other learning differences.

Accesstext:

Provides textbooks in electronic formats for students with disabilities that impair their ability to read printed text.

ZoomText Magnifier/Screen Reader:

Software designed specifically to meet the needs of the visually impaired. Includes screen magnification and screen reading and provides complete access to all Windows applications.

Kurzweil 1000:

An advanced scanning and reading solution that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people with blindness and visual impairments, speaking text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified for individual preferences.

Duxbury:

Duxbury Braille Translator software supports over 130 languages, and produces contracted or uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.

MathType:

A graphical editor for mathematical equations, allowing entry with the mouse or keyboard in a full graphical WYSIWYG environment. Supports many math markup languages, including MathML for use with other adaptive technologies.

Jaws (Job Access With Speech):

Screen reading and screen magnification software for blind and visually impaired computer users. It works with the Windows operating system, outputs to refreshable Braille displays without the use of monitor or mouse.

NVDA Screen Reader

Short for Non Visual Desktop Access. NVDA is a screen reading software that works with Microsoft Windows and is available in 43 languages.

Voice Over

Built-in on Macintosh computers. Activate it by going to the Apple menu and choosing System Preferences. Then go to Universal Access and click the VoiceOver Utility button. Turn on VoiceOver by pressing Command-F5. Then, hold down the Control and Option Keys and press F8.

Tactile Viewer

Creates pictures for people who cannot see, by transforming them into tactile graphics that can be read and interpreted by touch.

 

Hardware

Livescribe Smartpen:

Designed to work and write like a premium ballpoint pen, the Livescribe 3 smart pen uses Bluetooth Smart to send all written material to a smartphone or tablet.

Echo Smartpen:

The Echo pen is designed to record everything you write, hear or say. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes.

Victor Reader Stream:

Handheld media player for the blind and visually impaired that plays DAISY books, MP3, MP4, EPUB, and many other media formats.

Everest V4 Braille Embosser:

Double sided braille embosser enabling the printing of braille on demand.

Big Keys Keyboards:

For individuals with advanced keyboard needs, who benefit from large, brightly colored keys.

Orion Talking Graphing Calculators:

Full speech access to all menus, mathematical expressions, text and symbols displayed on screen among other features.

Olympus DM - 620 Audio/Digital Recorders

Equipped with a voice guidance system that ensures seamless, user-friendly operation of all functions in the menu, this microphone system allows high-quality audio capture, with 4GB of built in memory, a microSD card slot and three recording formats.

Portable Magnifiers:

Amigo HD Portable Magnifier:

Light weight, simple to use magnifier that can be placed directly on your reading material or held up to view an item at a distance among other features.

Video Mag HD Portable Magnifier:

Portable high definition handheld video magnifier equipped with auto focus, HD camera, 4.3” screen, and contrasting color modes. This device can save and store up to 80 images that can easily be transferred to a computer via a USB connection.

Eschenbach Mobilux HD Portable Magnifier:

Portable video magnifier featuring a 4.3” HD TFT LCD screen with anti-glare coating and LED illumination. With a 4GB SD card that stores photos, which are downloadable to a PC or Mac computer through the included USB connection

Recommended Mobile Apps

Dolphin Easy Reader:

FREE accessible reading app for readers with dyslexia, low vision or blindness

Audio Note:

Combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool improves the quality of notetaking.

Capti Voice:

Text to speech software. Listen to documents, switch between devices, save books, customize text, among other feature.

Seeing AI

Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Google App Suite

Including Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Slides, and Google Sheets. 

Need More Information?

Visit Counseling and Support Services Office in J-117 or call us at (609) 343-5680 or e-mail Center for Accessibility at cfa@atlantic.edu.