Accommodation Solutions Online

Specialized Software

Specialized Software for Exams requires the provision of software to enable another accommodation needed to take an exam.

Specialized software might be related to the input of information by the student (e.g. speech-to-text software), output of the test information (e.g. text-to-speech software), or certain specific needs such as specialized keyboard access. Using software that interfaces with screen readers and/or augmentative communication devices for exams is also included in this accommodation. Faculty can contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office for assistance in providing this accommodation.[Information organization software does not automatically organize information for a student, but rather provides a technological tool so a student can quickly and easily manipulate their class notes, writing, ideas, or presentations into a more organized form. Faculty can provide this type of software for a student in collaboration with the Services for Students with Disabilities office.][Information organization software does not automatically organize information for a student but rather provides a technological tool so a student can graphically organize class notes, research notes, and ideas for studying, writing papers, or creating presentations.]

Responsibilities


Student

The student should coordinate with the services for students with disabilities office to determine if specialized software during exams would be an appropriate accommodation; the student also should alert the services office if there are any problems with using the specialized software.

Faculty

Faculty should coordinate with the services for students with disabilities office to allow the student to use specialized software during testing in a manner that maintains their privacy and confidentiality.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office has a responsibility to provide specialized software for eligible students to use while testing unless another similar accommodation is more readily available (e.g. scribe), and to notify faculty of the student's right to use specialized software during testing.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Software that uses speech-to-text technology can reduce the need for typing or writing on an exam.

Visual Tracking Problem : Students benefit from specialized software that minimizes visual tracking difficulties (e.g. software that enlarges text).

Low Vision : Students may need to use screen readers or screen enlargement software to complete exams.

Blindness : Students may need to use software such as a screen reader to complete exams in order to help them read the exam or provide answers to the exam.

Sequencing Deficit : Organizational software allows students to make sure they don't leave out important concepts and helps them to sequence processes accurately.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : Specialized software, such as speech-to-text programs, allow students to demonstrate their knowledge without concern about making reversal or rotation errors

Production (Written) : Software that reduces focus on writing mechanics, such as speech-to-text dictation software, allows students to focus their effort on organizing and expressing their ideas.

Word Finding : Word prediction software may be necessary so students can find the words they need during an assessment or group discussion.

The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.