In addition to the accommodation process, students with disabilities are often in need of supplemental support. The Coordinator is available to provide a variety of support to students as needed.
The range of services may include:
- Consultation with the Coordinator regarding the transition into life at Skidmore
- Self-advocacy training
- Advocacy with faculty
- Referral for on and off campus support
- Liaison with the Counseling Center, Health Services, and other offices as necessary
- Assistance with proofreading/editing written work
- Training in specific skills (study habits, test-taking strategies, etc)
- Coordinating services offered by the office of Student Academic Services
- Consultation regarding the content of disability related documentation
- Personal support and counseling
The office of Student Academic Services (SAS) provides tutorial services that are available to all students enrolled in Skidmore College. The Coordinator of Student Access Services will help ensure students with disabilities have equal access to these services and students with disabilities are encouraged to utilize these services as needed.
Assistive Technology and Equipment
Skidmore College owns a variety of equipment and computer software that can be accessed on campus or loaned out to students. Students who loan out adaptive equipment and/or software assume responsibility for the items and agree to return borrowed items to the Coordinator of Student Access Services by the return date indicated at the time of the loan. Students must also agree to repair or replace items in the event of damage, loss, or theft. A hold may be put on a student's academic records if items are not returned or restitution is not made in a timely manner. Available equipment includes:
- Visual Enlarger - The enlarger is housed in study room 315 in the Library
- Kurzweil Reader – This is a software program housed on lap top computers that may be loaned out to students. The Kurzweil allows students to scan text information into the computer which will read the material aloud. There are also a number of study and resource tools included in the program. Students should contact the Coordinator of Student Access Services for training and access permission.
- Voice to Text Programs - Currently, Skidmore uses Dragon Naturally Speaking 9. This is a very capable version that allows students to speak into a headset microphone to produce text. The program is 99% accurate.
- RFB&D Playback Devices and Software - Playback devices are essentially compact disc players with a built in book-mark and page find capabilities. Skidmore currently uses the Victor Reader Wave model. E-Clipse Daisy Reader software may also be installed on personal computers. This software allows students to visually track along e-text as it is being read.
- Adaptive Tables and Chairs – The Coordinator will work in cooperation with Residential Life and Facilities to assist in obtaining adaptive furniture as necessary.
Some individuals with disabilities utilize service animals to assist them in activities of daily living. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Service animals are permitted to accompany students with disabilities any where on campus and are not required to be certified by a state or local entity. Service animals must be appropriately licensed in accordance with local regulations and wear a valid vaccination tag.
Owners are responsible for appropriate care and management of service animals. In the event a service animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, the owner will be expected to remove the animal from campus.
For some individuals, therapy animals have been proven effective to help reduce the impact of psychological disorders and function to help lower anxiety, cope with panic attacks, predict seizures, and alleviate post-traumatic stress. Therapy animals, however, do not meet the definition of a service animal as described above and, therefore, are not specifically covered under the law. Nonetheless, students who request waiver of Skidmore's "no pets" rule in order to keep a therapy animal on campus should consult with the Coordinator of Student Access Services prior to bringing an animal on campus. The Coordinator will review the requests on a case by case basis and may require supporting documentation. The Coordinator may also seek consultation with both on and off campus personnel before a final determination is made.