Disability Support Services (DSS)

Mission Statement

To create an educational environment that is conducive to learning for students with disabilities through:

  1. reasonable and ethical accommodations;
  2. a faculty/staff that integrates sensitivity with expertise; and
  3. transitional planning that promotes a sense of community through the utilization of networking, resources and supports.
Paula Stewart Davis, Director (609) 343-5091 pdavis@atlantic.edu
Lucy McGlynn, Counselor (609) 343-5090 lmcglynn@atlantic.edu
Tammy Defranco, Assistant Director (609) 463-8113 tadefran@atlantic.edu
Sinetra Gandy, DSS Assistant (609) 343-5667 sgandy@atlantic.edu

If You Have a Disability…

…Meet with a counselor before the admissions process begins. Early disclosure will allow us time to determine if Atlantic Cape can meet your academic needs.

Any student who has been diagnosed with a documented disability that may interfere with or prevent the benefit of instruction through the traditional mode should contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities in the Student Development Office. Students that have visual, sensory or orthopedic handicap, or a temporary disability, (such as a broken hand in a cast) that prevents them from taking the basic skills test or any course examinations under standard conditions may request special accommodations. Students requesting accommodation must complete schedule an appointment with a counselor to obtain a letter of accommodations that can be given to instructors.

Accommodations

  • Extended time for testing
  • Note-takers
  • Oral testing
  • Testing in Testing Center
  • Use of Counseling and Support Services Resource Center
  • Use of specialized equipment

Accommodations are developed on an individual basis. The aforementioned list is not conclusive and may not include all accommodations recommended.

Counseling and Support Services Resource Room

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. The following provides a brief description of are current assistive technology. 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.

Assistive Technology/Resource Room

Software

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 to provide access to today’s popular software applications and the Internet. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays. With this software a student with a disability can access a wide variety of information, education and job-related applications via computer, without the use of monitor or mouse. JAWS includes over seven hours of basic tutorials on cassette tapes which take a person step-by-step through an introduction to using JAWS on the computer.

Zoomtext:

This consists of a family of adaptive software designed to meet the needs of people with visual impairments. It includes two adaptive technologies, screen magnification and screen reading and provides complete access to all Microsoft advanced edge-smoothing.

Openbook:

This is a software program that transforms a personal computer and scanner into a full-featured reading machine by scanning in printed text via the Resource room scanner. It works with test books magazines or newspaper articles – by reading them aloud. This software program converts both graphic and printed text to electronic text for greater accessibility. OpenBook includes a synthesizer providing speech output in seven different languages. It also has low vision features. These exclusive reading enhancements are flexible and easy to use.

Telesensory Aladdin Sunshine Color CCTV:

A portable magnification product for individuals with low vision. The Aladdin Sunshine CCTV offers color and auto focus in a one-piece video magnifier. This portable machine affords individuals with low vision the option of versatility in that it can be used almost anywhere on Atlantic Cape Community College’s campus. Individuals with low vision could use this machine in their classes to read books, do assignments or take exams. Aladdin’s Sunshine machine also facilitates the process of studying and doing research throughout a diverse array of campus sites, including the library, Assistive Technology Resource room, etc.

Hardware

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. A student can also enlarge material on a computer monitor or television screen. VERA’s easy to understand keypad has large keys with colorful tactile markings and intuitive placement. One can read a page continuously, line-by-line or word-by-word, and save documents or entire books in a simple file system. Students can also bring cassettes to tape text. This feature makes it possible to record assignments and listen to them while driving or studying at home. This is a perfect arrangement for our students who are auditory learners. VERA operates in English, Spanish and French.

Telesensory Video Magnification

Telesensory Video Magnification can be connected to any size S-video or NTSC television monitor to create a full color video magnification system to help people with low vision. This system display also allows a student to enjoy full color photographs and when connected to an S-video monitor, provides special viewing models to accommodate individual eye conditions. The simple and easy-to-use controls, makes reading pleasurable and ensures a sense of independence and empowerment to educational pursuits. It also has the special feature of “Auto Focus” at the touch of a switch.

The Icommunicator System

Designed for the deaf and hard of hearing, this revolutionary new product converts spoken words instantly into both text and sign language. This cutting-edge technology is considered a major advancement in communication for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, suffer from significant speech or voice disorders, learning disabilities, visual impairments, the physically challenged and those with other disabilities.

Need More Information?

Visit Counseling and Support Services Office in J-117 or call us at (609) 343-5090 or e-mail Lucille McGlynn at lmcglynn@atlantic.edu.