[nabs] school is not accomodating
olivianorman at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 22:41:54 EST 2012
I don't have much to add beyond what Jordan stated.
There are certainly other screen readers out there, EG, System access and macs which are both good and viable alternatives to Jaws. Most campuses should have macs in computer labs, with the built in screen reading system, these would increase your access to campus computers.
System access is another great and inexpensive solution, and can be accessed anywhere there's an internet connection.
I used laptops throughout college and high school, I never minded carrying them, as they gave me access to a computer anywhere I was and greatly enhanced my learning.
Good luck with everything!
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.", Steve Jobs
On Jan 20, 2012, at 6:48 PM, Jordan Gallacher wrote:
> The ODS should know better, and I have had trouble with them on more than one occasion. You should have seen the e-mail I sent to them when they sent me a reply to my origional e-mail requesting a meeting to solve an issue. Two quarters later, they tried it again, and well, this time I had enough and fought back. I would suggest getting a laptop. I use really powerful entertainment notebooks that are around 17 inches since I like having the full numeric keypad. Another thing I did was I got System Access, which since I could get to it on any computer as long as I had an internet connection, it solved the problem of maybe not having a screen reader wherever I go. I would recommend finding a program that will easily scan things in and let you save them in whatever format you want. Doc U Scan Plus is what I use because it gives me almost every option I need , and I can get to it on every computer.
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> First, I have to tell you unaccessibility is just how it goes. Yes it sucks, yes they could do more to be accessible, but they won't. Especially since most people aren't cool about it and instead throw a fit.
> Second, your school needs to buy a business license. They probably have not. I recommend you start talking with Student Services, and if they can't do anything go higher.
> Third, get a laptop. Your voc rehab should be able to help you out with that. Put it in a backpack, that works great. I have a really heavy 18" laptop I use which is built for gaming, but it has a lot of power. I carry that thing back and forth across campus. You may not want a laptop, but it will do you a lot of good.
> Also, if you are waiting on a DS office to scan a textbook, why not get kurzweil and scan it? Voc rehab can buy you kurzweil too. It's not great, but until you get things moving it works.
> On 1/20/2012 12:50 PM, Ashley Bramlett wrote:
> Hi all,
> Just want to vent. My school doesn’t seem very accomodating and they’re the largest community college in the commonwealth. Yo They got over five campuses and you can read about at www.nvcc.edu.
> I’m just taking further classes to get a writing certificate and figured extra knowledge will enhance my resume as I look for work. No one’s hiring so it will be a whwile; might as well learn more.
> First, my disability service office, DSO, does not scan any texts. I am still waiting for electronic text; fortunately, a family member can read meanwhile til I find a reader at school. If the publisher won’t give us the e-book, they likely never will; I mean its been two weeks!
> Second, I am taking that It class as I mentioned before. The instructor wanted jaws installed in her office because she needs to show me the steps. Hmm. Maybe I need a laptop. But I hate the idea of lugging the thing around!
> They tell us they don’t have enough licenses; um how absurd. They need lots of them. what if another blind student needs jaws in a classroom lab?
> Third, they cannot braille tests; at least they will outsource to get it brailled though; just seems like a large school would be able to braille tests!
> Fourth, this new building which holds the student service stuff and counseling center is very open few halls, few landmarks. I bet its not ADA compliant. I don’t know though. Its certainly confusing for a blind traveler. Sighted people get lost until they’ve been there a lot since its not laid out well.
> Not to mention the inaccessible website and CD for the IT class too. Publishers need to get with the program!
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