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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...
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Delays in accessibility approvals cause concern

Delays in accessibility approvals cause concern

Jax Schmisseur struggles with anxiety and relies on his emotional support animal to calm him during his panic attacks. During his freshman year, he sought approval to have his cat live with him in the dorms but ran into roadblocks. The frequency of his panic attacks increased. In the end, he chose to spend the year living without his animal. “It was such a bad first experience that I didn’t even want to try again,” Schmisseur said. “So now I’m...
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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...
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Advocacy instead of afterthoughts

As a student who uses a power wheelchair daily, I have experienced physical and academic hinderances at UTD. These obstacles are more prevalent than the average able-bodied student may realize. For students 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...
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Accessibility in online classes

Accessibility in online classes

How professors can accommodate disabled students amidst 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...
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On the spectrum

On the spectrum

Jennifer Partin was on her shift looking after children when she saw a young boy with autism grabbed and forced to make eye contact with another worker. “I wanted to say something, but I was just a lowly respite worker,” she said. “Every now and then I get pessimistic, so what I try to do is just raise understanding.” Partin, a psychology senior who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2016, started doing so at UTD. She founded a...
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Accessibility on campus

Accessibility on campus

When Mimi Newman was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-Type III with Marfanoid characteristics, a disorder that leads to chronic joint pain, she withdrew herself from her surroundings to numb the shock of hearing about her condition — but it hurt more than it helped. The arts and performance junior was 20 years old at the time of diagnosis and she said closing herself off from the world made her feel helpless. “Being lonely is the most...
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Accessible buildings, ethical parking needed

Accessible buildings, ethical parking needed

UTD tries to be an accommodating campus for all students, but parking policies and older buildings can hamper the movement of students with physical disabilities. At UTD, students with a handicap placard are required to purchase a $140 parking pass in order to park in state-designated handicap spaces. It’s commendable that UTD discounts their handicap permits, unlike UNT, SMU, UTA and UT, but a significant cost remains. It seems unethical to...
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Tier One

Tier One

Tier One, one of the four tickets with presidential or vice-presidential candidates in the most contested Student Government election in UTD history, is running on a platform of improving transfer student experiences, increasing 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...
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Group of Students Help Raise, Train Future Service Animals

Group of Students Help Raise, Train Future Service Animals

UTD students care for puppies to become skilled companion, facility dogs Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article misspelled a source’s name. The correct spelling is Aubrey Rowan. The Mercury regrets this error. Amidst the bustle of sneakers and sandals on pavement is the steady tread of four paws directed to the same classes and buildings as students. These service dogs help UTD students with disabilities in their...
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