If you need assistance converting class materials to an alternative format or need a copy of a textbook in an accessible format, help is available in the Adaptive Computer Technology (ACT) lab in Robert Bell Building (RB), room 168.

The lab is specifically designed for users with disabilities and is part of Unified Technology Support.

Lab attendants are available to help students learn any of the computer technologies available in the lab. The lab has many different types of technology for use by students with disabilities including speech-to-text programs, text-to-speech programs, screen magnification, textbook scanning/accessible electronic textbooks, Braille transcription, and tactile graphics.

Our office can help recruit or refer notetakers for you if you need this service.

Notetakers are hired from within the class for which you need notes provided in an accessible format.

Supervision of notetakers is the primary responsibility of the student. Please notify our office if you are experiencing problems with your notetakers and we can assist you.

Request Notetaking Services

You may request notetaking services by contacting our staff. We ask for ample lead time to ensure we are able to find someone to help provide this service.

Students registered with our office can receive priority class scheduling. This means students with disabilities will be able to begin registering for courses before other students.

Priority registration does not supersede considerations such as prerequisites or courses that need departmental permission for registration.

Students with disabilities who are unable to take or read notes can record class lectures for their personal study only.

Lectures taped for this purpose may not be shared with other people without the consent of the lecturer.

Our office recommends you use a Livescribe Smartpen for note taking and lecture recording. Ask to see a demonstration of this technology in our office.

Should questions arise concerning the use of a recorder in the classroom, please contact our office for a copy of the Recorded Lecture Policy.

Students with disabilities can use alternative testing arrangements, which our office may assist with when requested.

Faculty members may wish to handle their own accommodated testing.

Test administration may be modified or adapted for students with disabilities when appropriate.

Available Accommodations

Such accommodations may include any of the following:

  • extended time
  • alternative location
  • a scribe for test questions
  • use of a word processor
  • large print
  • ·oral administration of test questions

Recommendations for accommodations are made by our office’s director and listed in a letter of accommodation.

How to Make Arrangements

Students and instructors may make any arrangements for testing accommodations that are fair to the student and to the class requirements.

Most students and professors agree to have accommodated tests administered by the Learning Center.

Students are expected to schedule an appointment to take the test as soon as the test is announced, or at least two days in advance. Students may do this in person at the Learning Center (North Quad, Room 350) or by calling 765-285-3779.

Instructions for Exams at the Learning Center

Below are the instructions to follow when taking exams at the Learning Center:

  • Students, not faculty, should schedule their exams.
  • Students should schedule the exam at least two days ahead of the exam date by calling 285-3779 or stopping by North Quad, room 350.
  • Remind the professor once before each test to send the exam to North Quad, room 350.
  • Students should take the exam when the rest of the class is scheduled to take it.
  • Be on time. If you are late, the amount of time that you missed will be subtracted from your allotted test-taking session.
  • Unauthorized aids, notes, phones, etc., will be reported to the professor and cheating of any kind will result in termination of the test.
  • All other University guidelines for test taking apply to the Learning Center’s test administration.
  • Time and a half will be allotted for the test unless otherwise determined by the Disability Services office.
  • Test proctors may not explain or express opinions concerning the test; however, clarifications for specific purposes (directions, procedures, etc.) may be given.

Tutoring is available for free to any Ball State student through the Learning Center (North Quad, room 350).

Contact the Learning Center directly with questions about tutoring.

For More Information

If you have questions or need additional assistance from our office, please call or email us.

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