List of Services
Sign Language Interpreter and Real Time Captioning
Access to Copy
Books on Tape
The Office of Students with Disabilities will provide readers to put books on tape and other material provided by the professor. Getting class information and material is the sole responsibility of the student. However, the OSD can serve as a liaison. Students need to complete a separate "books on tape form."
If you are requesting books on tape you must do the following immediately:
- Notify the Office of Students with Disabilities that you are requesting books on tape.
- Have completed registration for each quarter.
- Provide the OSD with information regarding your class, including the syllabus and the
professor's name. This information ensures a smooth, timely tape exchange. If you cannot provide these materials, you may still participate in the program, however, you may experience delays.
- The Office of Students with Disabilities will provide you with an information sheet regarding the books on tape procedure.
- All requests are processed in the order they are received.
- Recommendations from the PLuS program preferred.
Readers will be provided to students Who Cannot read printed materials. Requests for readers will need to be made in advance so that the OSD can identify a reader.
Sign Language Interpreter and Real Time Captioning
The Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD) arranges for interpreting and real time captioning services for students who are hearing impaired. The OSD also coordinates interpreting and real time captioning for programs that are sponsored by the University Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to put their request for interpreting or real time captioning in as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Parties should allow at least ten (10) business days notice to the OSD if possible so as to avoid extra charges incurred by this department for short-term notices and to guarantee interpreters or real time captioners.
If requests are last minute, we cannot guarantee that the student will have an interpreter or real time captioner. Requests for interpreters/real time captioning must include the date, times of event (start to end), location, and contact person for the event. Students using sign language interpreters and real time captioners must be present in class. These individual, are not hired to take notes for you when you are not present. If you will not be in class, please call the OSD as soon as possible.
Access to Copy Machines
When requested, the Office of Students with Disabilities will contribute $15.00 per quarter to each student for photocopy access to assist in taking notes for class. Students will be able to use their DePaul ID card at selected copy machines on campus. If a student needs additional money added to their account due to a large amount of copying, that student should contact the Office of Students with Disabilities before depleting their account.
Students who need any kind of academic accommodation should let the OSD know as early as possible, This is especially important for those who need classroom changes, Examples of academic accommodations include:
- Physical locations of classes and new room assignments.
- Request to take tests or exams with extended time.
- Assistance with class assignments.
- Preference of class seating.
The Office of Students with Disabilities can best provide assistance to students who contact the office with advanced notice. For classroom changes, it is very important that the student contacts the office as soon as he/she registers for classes. It is becoming more difficult to make these changes. If you are unsure what is needed, please contact the office to schedule an appointment to discussion possible options.
Adaptive Computer Equipment
The OSD will provide computer equipment such as keyboards, magnifiers, screen readers etc.., to students that request it. At times, the University has to make some physical/structural modifications which require reconstruction and/or ordering special equipment(s) that will take some time to complete.
Any DePaul student with a disability, who is registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities can use the computers with adaptive programs. In order to gain access to the computer, students must comply with the following:
- Student must have already completed the need assessment form available at the Office of Students with Disabilities.
- Student must make an appointment to be trained by an authorized staff member of the Office of Students with Disabilities or staff from the Productive Learning Strategies Program (PLuS).
- Once Steps 1 and 2 are completed, the student will receive an Adaptive Work Station Access Card. This card, along with the student's DePaul ID, must be shown to computer staff to obtain access to the computer.
- Use of the computer is on first come, first serve basis.
- When the student is done using the adaptive program, he/she must close out of the specific program and leave the system on its general access.
IMPORTANT! If a problem arises with the computer or a program while in use, contact the Office of Students with Disabilities
(773) 325-7290 to report it immediately. This will facilitate maintenance and allow for having the problem repaired as soon as possible.
Physical Accommodations and Access
Students who need physical modifications to DePaul's facilities (e.g. residence halls, classrooms, and parking areas) need to inform the Office of Students with Disabilities as soon as possible. At times, the University has to make some physical/structural modifications which require reconstruction and/or ordering special equipment(s) that will take some time to complete.
Per request from student.