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Specialized Equipment

Specialized equipment refers to a piece of equipment or a product that enables a student to accomplish a task that would otherwise be unreasonably difficult or impossible.

Specialized equipment enables students to more effectively participate in class or demonstrate their knowledge. Such equipment can be purchased commercially or modified from existing equipment or products. Some examples of specialized equipment are alternative keyboards, large screen monitors, book holders, text magnification systems, filter screens, and assistive communication devices. Faculty can contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance in providing specialized equipment for students; in some cases, the student will already have purchased their own specialized equipment (e.g. alternative communication devices).

Responsibilities


Student

The student has a responsibility to notify the services for students with disabilities office if they require specialized equipment, and to alert the services office if there are any problems with the provided specialized equipment.

Faculty

Faculty should coordinate with the student so they can effectively use the specialized equipment in class, and maintain the student's privacy and confidentiality by not discussing their needs in front of other students or faculty.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for coordinating with the student to provide specialized equipment to meet their needs, for notifying faculty of the student's right to use specialized equipment in classes and testing environments, and for facilitating communication between the student and faculty.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Students may need an AAC device or specialized keyboard to operate a computer.

Low Vision : Specialized equipment to assist students with low vision may include text or screen magnifiers, and OCR readers.

Glare Sensitivity : Providing a filter screen for use on computers can reduce glare for students.

Blindness : Specialized equipement to assist students who are blind may include brailers, embossers and OCR readers.

Hearing Loss : Specialized equipment to assist students with hearing loss includes assistive listening devices and portable captioning displays.

Deafness : Specialized equipment to assist students who are deaf include portable captioning displays.

Word Finding : Students who have severe word finding difficulty may use an assistive communication device to prepare speeches and presentations in advance.

Intelligibility : Students who have difficulties with intelligibility may use augmentative or alternative communication devices or other specialized equipment.

Articulation : Students who have difficulties with articulation may use augmentative or alternative communication devices or other specialized equipment.

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