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OIT, OSA to provide free assistive technology

OIT, OSA to provide free assistive technology

The Office of Information Technology and the Office of Student AccessAbility are partnering to provide visual- and learning-impaired students, faculty and staff with screen reading and magnifying software called Fusion Assistive Technology. Fusion is a combination of Job Access with Speech, a screen reader, and ZoomText, a screen magnifier. Melinda Colby, the senior director of engagement and success for OIT, said the program has been a success....
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Delays in accessibility approvals cause concern

Delays in accessibility approvals cause concern

...ccommodations such as emotional support animals from the Office of Student AccessAbility, however, has elicited concerns from students. When applying for accommodations through the OSA, students are required to submit relevant medical documentation of their diagnosis from their healthcare provider. Given the student’s condition and their desired accommodations, the OSA will either approve or deny the request. Should they be approved, an accommodat...
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OSA backs request to relocate from SSB

OSA backs request to relocate from SSB

University officials made a request to relocate the Office of Student AccessAbility from the third floor of the Student Services Building. Gene Fitch, vice president of Student Affairs, said a room in the Administration Building has been proposed as the new location for OSA. The new location is expected to be more accessible than the current location in the Student Services Building. Laura Smith, associate dean for health and wellness initiative...
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Advocacy instead of afterthoughts

...nts with physical or mental disabilities, UTD offers the Office of Student AccessAbility, which provides a variety of accommodations such as adaptive technology, alternative testing and professional notetakers. Despite the resources provided, I have experienced a myriad of physical barriers as well as a major academic hindrance during my time as a Comet. Handicap buttons are a recurring issue throughout campus. Even though handicap buttons are ins...
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Accessibility in online classes

Accessibility in online classes

...dst online shift With the switch to online learning, the Office of Student AccessAbility and faculty members are having to make different adjustments in order to accommodate students with disabilities. Clinical associate professor Kenneth Brewer said that in some ways, it’s actually easier to accommodate some students, as blind students can go back to listen to the recording of lectures done in Blackboard collaborate. “The main problem that it has...
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On the spectrum

On the spectrum

...lations of students diagnosed with ASD. According to the Office of Student AccessAbility, 450 students have registered for autism-related accommodations. A New York Times article published last November reported institutions such as Western Kentucky University and Adelphi University had similar accommodation programs that served between 45 and 100 students, far less than UTD. A 2012 study in the journal Pediatrics found that 34.7 percent of adoles...
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Accessibility on campus

Accessibility on campus

...20 different schools, but said she chose UTD because the Office of Student AccessAbility offered her more accommodations than the other institutions she was considering. “It’s very lonely moving out to a different country from your parents and everyone else so I really felt like I needed somebody who was going to fight in my corner for once,” Newman said. “I felt like (the) office here … could actually fight for me and give me the accommodations t...
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Accessible buildings, ethical parking needed

Accessible buildings, ethical parking needed

...powered doors and ramps. The administration should research accessibility renovations and eliminate the cost associated with handicap permits to make our campus friendlier to all students. According to the Office of Student AccessAbility, there are approximately 1,000 students who receive accommodations from the office, and we should provide them with a campus that goes above and beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act....
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Tier One

Tier One

...reasing transparency and supporting the expansion of the Office of Student AccessAbility. Biomedical engineering junior Trevor Schmaeling said he was motivated to run as SG president after serving as senator and hearing from students that their voices weren’t being heard. Hope Cory, a public affairs junior, served as SG president at her prior institution, San Jacinto College in Houston, before transferring to UTD. She is running to serve as vice p...
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Group of Students Help Raise, Train Future Service Animals

Group of Students Help Raise, Train Future Service Animals

...  “We, institutionally, recommend the student notify the Office of Student AccessAbility,” Dragoo said. “If there is some issue, whether it’s with the dog or with the setting, we are in the best position to be able to address it quickly if we know about it in advance.” One student with a service dog is biomedical engineering freshman Jackson Winn who is accompanied by a black labrador named Tucker. Winn got Tucker when he was in sixth grade after...
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