Services for Students with Disabilities

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Standard printed materials can be difficult or impossible to use for people with a variety of disability types. We have several ways to convert printed materials into more accessible formats:

  • Mary Reilly (reillym@umich.edu) is able to convert textbooks and other large documents into electronic formats for students registered with SSD who have this listed as an accommodation.
  • The Knox Center (2064 Shapiro Library) has scanners attached to one Macintosh and three PC computers. These can be used for do-it-yourself conversion of documents with the Kurzweil 3000 (Windows only) or Read & Write Gold (Windows and Mac) software programs. These two programs are also available on most public computer stations that have scanners. If you would like training in using these programs, please contact Knox Center staff at Sites.Knox@umich.edu. Click here for a list of computer labs with available scanners.
     
  • Read & Write Gold can also be used to convert text to audio formats. For more information, please contact Knox Center staff at Sites.Knox@umich.edu.
  • Closed circuit televisions (CCTV) magnify anything placed under the camera lens—handwriting as well as printed text. They can also be used to make handiwork (knitting, fishing fly tying, using hand tools, etc.) easier to see. The Knox Center has one desktop CCTV model, with options for setting color contrast, including black-on-white and white-on-black display settings.
     
  • Braille materials are also available.