In addition to the accommodative process, students with disabilities are often in need of supplemental support. The Coordinator is available to provide a variety of support to students as needed.
The range of services may include:
- Consultation with the Coordinator regarding the transition into life at Skidmore
- Self-advocacy training
- Advocacy with faculty
- Referral for on and off campus support
- Liaison with the Counseling Center, Health Services, and other offices as necessary
- Assistance with proofreading/editing written work
- Training in specific skills (study habits, test-taking strategies, etc)
- Coordinating services offered by the office of Student Academic Services
- Consultation regarding the content of disability related documentation
- Personal support and counseling
The office of Student Academic Services (SAS) provides tutorial services that are available to all students enrolled in Skidmore College. The Coordinator for Students with Disabilities will help ensure students with disabilities have equal access to these services and students with disabilities are encouraged to utilize these services as needed.
Assistive Technology and Equipment
Skidmore College owns a variety of equipment and computer software that can be accessed on campus or loaned out to students. Students who loan out adaptive equipment and/or software assume responsibility for the items and agree to return borrowed items to the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities by the return date indicated at the time of the loan. Students must also agree to repair or replace items in the event of damage, loss, or theft. A hold may be put on a student's academic records if items are not returned or restitution is not made in a timely manner. Available equipment includes:
- Visual Enlarger- The enlarger is housed in study room 315 in the Library
- Kurzweil Reader – This is a software program housed on lap top computers that may be loaned out to students. The Kurzweil allows students to scan text information into the computer which will read the material aloud. There are also a number of study and resource tools included in the program. Students should contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities for training and access permission.
- Voice to Text Programs- Currently, Skidmore uses Dragon Naturally Speaking 9. This is a very capable version that allows students to speak into a headset microphone to produce text. The program is 99% accurate.
- RFB&D Playback Devices and Software- Playback devices are essentially compact disc players with a built in book-mark and page find capabilities. Skidmore currently uses the Victor Reader Wave model. E-Clipse Daisy Reader software may also be installed on personal computers. This software allows students to visually track along e-text as it is being read.
- Adaptive Tables and Chairs – The Coordinator will work in cooperation with Residential Life and Facilities to assist in obtaining adaptive furniture as necessary.