31-10 Thomson Ave
LIC, NY 11101
Phone: 718-482-5279Fax: 718-482-6055
Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 8:00PM Friday
9:00AM - 5:00PM (except summer)
Testing accommodations are provided to students who need more time on exams, assistance in reading or writing, a reduced-distraction environment, or adaptive software and/or hardware. Tests are usually administered in the OSD office, or accommodations may be provided by faculty. Contact OSD set up testing accommodations.
Exams during the semester should be scheduled two business days in advance. Please remember to sign in to the exam book at the Office for Students with Disabilities and to remind your professor the class before the exam that you will be taking it with extra time.
Some students with disabilities find it difficult to take notes in class. OSD uses a peer note-taking system. Students who are allowed this accommodation may use a tablet of duplicate paper from OSD. The student may ask another student in class to share their notes using the tablet. If the student does not know whom to ask, he or she may ask the professor to assist in locating a volunteer note-taker.
If the student cannot find a volunteer note-taker in class, a student assistant may be sent into the classroom to take notes for the student.
Students using this accommodation are usually allowed to use a recorder to record lectures and discussions. Additionally, many faculty post PowerPoint presentations and other materials online which are helpful for the student in taking their own notes.
OSD provides textbooks in alternate formats to students who have documented disabilities affecting their ability to read print or physically handle textbooks. Students must purchase print copies of textbooks before receiving alternate formats. OSD can provide textbooks in electronic formats for most books. The student will need to use text-to-speech, screen-magnification, or screen-reading software to read the electronic texts.
Students should request texts in alternate formats at least eight weeks before the start of the semester to ensure obtaining texts in time. Later requests may not be ready at the beginning of the semester.
Braille books may be provided for math, foreign languages, and other technical areas for which audio formats are not appropriate or adequate. Braille texts must be requested six months in advance of the semester for which they are needed. Contact the OSD office to discuss.
As soon as you have registered, check your assigned classrooms to determine if the room and furniture will accommodate your disability. For instance, if you use a wheelchair, check the height of the tables or desks. Please use priority registration through OSD to ensure access to your classroom.
If a desk or chair needs to be added to the classroom, contact the OSD office. Your furniture request will be forwarded to Facility Services to provide appropriate accommodations.
OSD staff is available by appointment to assist with training on the use specific assistive technology. Call the Office Manager at 718-482-5279 to schedule an appointment.
Adaptive equipment and various software available to students with disabilities include Dragon Naturally Speaking software, CCTVs, assistive listening devices, JAWS screen-reading software, ZoomText screen magnification software, and much more.