About Us

For information about the different units that comprise the Accessibility and Disability Service, please review the information within the tabs below.

ADS Staff


Joanna C. Balz, M.S.

Joanna C. Balz, M.S.
Staff Transcriber for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services(DHHS)
jbalz@umd.edu
(301) 314-7625

Academic History: M.S., 2013, Nutrition and Integrative Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health; B.S., 2007, Family Science, University of Maryland.
Professional Interests: accessible media; closed-captioning for deaf and hard of hearing; nutrition counseling.
Personal Interests: running, organic gardening, traveling, animal rescue volunteer.


Kyra Chambers

Kyra Chambers
Testing Office Graduate Assistant
adstest@umd.edu
(301) 314-7217

Academic History: Master’s of Arts in International Relations
Professional Interests: International women’s rights advocacy, humanitarian crisis response.
Personal Interests: Singing, practicing instruments, trying new restaurants, traveling.


Tessa DiPerri, M.A.

Tessa DiPerri, M.A.
Interim Director
tdiperri@umd.edu
(301) 314-7681

Academic History: M.A., 2013, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; B.S., 2011, Communication Disorders, Springfield College.
Professional Interests: Student engagement and self-advocacy. Coaching and assisting students transition and thrive in the college environment. Educating campus stakeholders about the ADA and accommodation process.
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Experimenting cooking and baking new recipes.


Makeda Edwards, B.S.

Makeda Edwards
Disability Counselor Assistant
makedae@umd.edu
(301) 405-0226

Academic History: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Professional Interests: Community support and outreach, mental health support and services, disability and disadvantaged community advocacy.
Personal Interests: Gardening, singing, painting, hiking, dancing, and reading.


Enwongo Ekah, M.A.

Enwongo Ekah
ADS Testing Graduate Assistant
adstest@umd.edu
(301) 314-7217

Academic History: Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies, currently pursuing Master’s in Public Policy in the School of Public Policy.
Professional Interests: Policies geared towards Women Empowerment, Crisis Management, and Negotiations.
Personal Interests: Soulful writing, volunteering, reading, spending time with family, and traveling.


Kaitlyn Haller

Kaitlyn Haller
Graduate Assistant
khaller@umd.edu
(301) 314-7989

Academic History: Masters of Clinical Psychological Science student.
Professional Interests: Clinical interventions for teens and adolescents on the autism spectrum, executive functioning training, social skills training, disability advocacy, and higher education.
Personal Interests: Dance classes, cooking, biking, camping, and being outdoors.


Brianna Kitts

Brianna Kitts
DHHS Assistant
bkitts@umd.edu
(301) 405-8058

Academic History: B.S., 2020, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park.
Professional Interests: positive psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, diversity and accessibility.
Personal Interests: art, music, reading, creative writing, literary analysis, journaling, letter writing, mythology and folklore, animation/anime, video games and interactive storytelling, traveling.


Margie Kuhn

Margie Kuhn
Adminstrative Assistant
mkuhn@umd.edu
(301) 314-7682

Academic History: B.A., 1985, Art, The Catholic University of America.
Professional Interests: Early Childhood and College Student Development, Academic Success.
Personal Interests: Family, Marathon Running and Training, Puppy Training and Development.


Cassandra Lytle, M.A.

Cassandra Lytle, M.A.
Manager of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Data Management Operations
clytle@umd.edu
(301) 314-7209

Academic History: M.A., 2014, Business Administration, University of Maryland, University College; B.A., 2006, Psychology, University of Maryland.
Professional Interests: making media accessible through captioning, individuals who identify as deaf or hard of hearing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), work-life integration.
Personal Interests: spending time with family, being outdoors


Marnie C Marsh

Marnie C Marsh
Disability Counselor
mmarsh12@umd.edu

Academic History: M.S., 2016, Special Education, McDaniel College; B.S., 2004, English, Towson University.
Professional Interests: Disability advocacy, cultural diversity and inclusion, transition support, counseling.
Personal Interests: Reading, travel, Film/TV, spending time with family.


Dan Newsome, M.Ed.

William “Dan” Newsome, M.Ed.
Adaptive Technology Lab Coordinator
wdn@umd.edu
(301) 314-7958

Academic History: M.Ed. 1992, Human Development, University of Maryland; B.A., 1982, Education and Human Development, Antioch College.
Professional Interests: role of technology in identity formation and learning strategy development; use of mobile technologies and mobile operating systems by disabled populations; diversity, equity, inclusion and multicultural capacities programming; antecedents of learned helplessness and processes involved with addressing and overcoming childhood traumas.
Personal Interests: single-frame cartoon artwork and history; choral music and the impressionist movement in music; secular humanism; vegetarianism; politics, poetry and theatre; origami and paper airplanes; science fiction; duck pin bowling; roller coasters; camping, hiking and bicycling; Scrabble, chess, and numerous other games.


Mary Sarro, M.P.S.

Mary Sarro, M.P.S.
ADS Counselor
adscounselor@umd.edu
(301) 314-9969

Academic History: M.P.S in Clinical Psychology, 2015, University of Maryland; B.A. in Psychology, 2014, The Catholic University of America.
Professional Interests: Counseling, academic coaching, college transition support, and mental health and disability advocacy.
Personal Interests: Reading, cooking, traveling, board games, yoga, and volunteering.



Kathryn Smyth

Kathryn "Katie" Smyth
Disability Specialist
ksmyth12@umd.edu
(301) 314-7675

Academic History: M.A., 2002, Rehabilitation Counseling, New York University; B.A., 2000, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh.
Professional Interests: Diversity and Inclusion, Universal Design, Executive Function Coaching, Peer Support & Mentorship.
Personal Interests: Traveling, Walking Dogs, Yoga, Meditation, Podcasts, Puzzles, Backgammon.


Francy Stilwell, M.L.S.

Francy Stilwell, M.L.S.
Staff Interpreter
fstilwel@umd.edu
(301) 314-7625

Academic History: M.L.S., 2013, Library Science, University of Maryland; A.A.S. 1996, Sign Language Interpreting, Saint Paul College, MN; B.A., 1990, Biology, Macalester College, MN.
Professional Interests: interpreting coursework in all disciplines ranging from the Humanities to Science; interpreting in medical settings; providing communication advocacy.
Personal Interests: spending time with family and friends, biking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors.


Jas Strong

Jas Strong
Graduate Assistant Alternate Text Coordinator
adsalttext@umd.edu
(301) 314-7684

Professional Interests: Web Development, User Experience, User Research, 3-D Design, Programming, Health IT.
Personal Interests: Creative Writing, Sports, Health and Fitness, Cooking, Traveling.


Sandra K. Waldrop

Sandra K. Waldrop, B.A.
Coordinator
swaldrop@umd.edu
(301) 314-7682

Professional Interests: Accessibility, inclusion
Personal Interests: Writing, reading, music, photography, digital art, web design.


Hayley Weinberg

Hayley Weinberg, B.A.
ADS Counselor
adsresourcecounslr@umd.edu
(301) 405-8255

Academic History: M.A., 2019, Psychology, Boston University; B.S., 2017, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester; B.A., 2017, Psychology, University of Rochester
Professional Interests: Counseling, psychological assessment, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and disability advocacy
Personal Interests: Baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family


Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams
ADS Counselor
kwilli95@umd.edu

Academic History: Currently pursuing Master’s in Public Administration at Gallaudet University; B.S. in Deaf Studies at Towson University in 2020.
Professional Interests: Disability advocacy and awareness, D/HH Community, American Sign Language (ASL), Educating students about ADA and the accommodation process.
Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, traveling, dancing, going on walks, trying foods from different cultures, cooking and baking new recipes.


Hannah Witschey

Hannah Witschey
Disability Counselor
hwitsche@umd.edu

Academic History: B.A., 2013, Philosophy, The College of William and Mary. M.A. student in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
Professional Interests: adaptive ski instruction (specializing in autism, cerebral palsy, blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, unilateral lower extremity amputation), disability and mental health advocacy, access and inclusion in higher education.
Personal Interests: skiing, sailing, podcasts, art, piano and guitar.

ADS Testing Office

  Please note, effective June 1st, 2020, ADS will have a new accommodation letter procedure that requires students to provide their accommodation letter to their instructors via the portal. ADS students with testing accommodations will not be able to schedule their exams online (or manually in person) until they have shared their accommodation letter with their professor through the portal. Test bookings will only be enabled in classes in which you have shared your accommodation letter.

Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) has a dedicated Testing Office for registered students with testing accommodations such as extended time testing, reduced distraction, and alternate formats. Students are required to reserve their seat with the Testing Office a minimum of 3 business days in advance of their testing session.

Accessibility and Disability Service Testing Office
0118 Shoemaker Building
Phone: (301) 314-7217
E-mail: ADSTest@umd.edu

Testing Location
0118 Shoemaker Building, Lower Level

Testing Office Hours
Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. AND 1:00p.m.- 4:00 p.m Monday through Friday

Final Exam Week (Fall and Spring Semesters Only)
Extended Hours: Monday-Friday: The Testing Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (If the first day of exams falls on Saturday, the extended hours are as follows: Saturday thru Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.)

If you have any difficulties accessing the online forms, please contact the ADS Testing Office at (301) 314-7217.

Please Note: Business days DO NOT include Saturdays and Sundays.


Information for Registered Students

Handouts for Registered Students
Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if there is a delayed opening or snow day the day of my exam?
The ADS Testing Office follows the same schedule as all other UMD offices.

  • In the event of a delayed opening, the ADS Testing Office will open at the advertised time. Testing sessions that were scheduled during or overlapping the delayed time, will need to be rescheduled in 3 business days.
  • In the event of a snow day, the ADS Testing Office will be closed, and your exam will need to be rescheduled. Exams can be rescheduled in 3 business days.

What do I do if my exam reservation is cancelled?
If an exam is cancelled, your instructor may either administer the accommodated exam personally OR assist you (the student) in rescheduling the exam with ADS. Please note that 3 business days notice is required for rescheduling.

Am I allowed to make either a same day reservation or a reservation the day before my testing session?
ADS Testing is unable to allow either same-day or day before testing reservations. All reservations must be made 3 business days in advance.

I forgot to make a reservation, what can I do?
ADS Testing Office is unable to make adjustments for last minute reservations. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors about what options are available to them.

I am running late for my exam, what important information do I need to know?

  • Students who arrive to complete their exam 20 minutes or more late, forfeit their ability to complete their exam. Students will have to speak with their instructors regarding the ability to reschedule with the ADS Testing Office, in 3 business days.
  • Students who arrive late to take their exam, forfeit the volume of time they were late from their testing reservation (up to 20 minutes).

How do I know what testing location to use?

  • A student’s testing location (classroom building and room number) will display in the Online Portal the morning of the scheduled testing date.
  • If a student arrives at the wrong testing location, please obtain a ticket from the proctor. This ticket can be submitted to the proctor of the correct location to offset lateness.

What materials am I responsible for bringing with me to my testing session?
Students are responsible for bringing:

  • Photo ID
  • Calculator (when deemed appropriate), personal computer (for ELMS exams)
  • Notes, cheat sheets or reference materials when appropriate.

ADS Testing staff provides:

  • Scantrons
  • Answer booklets
  • Scratch paper
  • All necessary assistive technology related to approved testing accommodations
  • Noise cancelling earbuds

My exam is supposed to take place online via ELMS, what do I do?

  • Students are responsible for providing their own personal computer to complete an ELMS exam at the ADS Testing Office.
  • Prior to the start of your testing session, your Instructor will adjust the online exam to reflect the approved accommodations for each student.

My additional testing time overlaps with a different course, what should I do?

  • You should never skip class, be late, or leave early to obtain your additional time in another course. ADS cannot excuse absences if a student makes a personal decision to do this.
  • If a time conflict prevents you from testing at a specific day/time, please inform your professor as soon as possible. ADS can assist in making arrangements to allow you to test without any scheduling conflict.

Information for Instructors

  Please note, ADS Statement – Online Accommodated Exams
Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) looks forward to continuing close partnership with you as the university continues its mission of education in an online and blended learning environment in the Fall 2020 semester. We are reaching out to inform you that students registered with ADS who receive exam accommodations, such as extended time on tests, will receive accommodations in an online-only format.

In the interest of the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, ADS will only offer in-person exam proctoring under extenuating circumstances and only when all available online accommodation options have been considered and determined to be ineffective or impractical. We will continue to provide guidance on effective administration of online accommodated exams, tips on assisting students in creating effective testing spaces, and information on how we might, under very special circumstances, proctor accommodated exams primarily through videoconferencing technology (Zoom, Webex, etc.). For more information visit the Accessibility and Accommodation section on the Keep Teaching website.

Please contact ADS with questions or for consultation weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (301) 314-7682 or adsfrontdesk@umd.edu.

Information about our processes is available on the main page of our website and on the Instructor Resources tab of the Keep Teaching website.

Informational Handouts for Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be notified of a students’ desire to utilize their testing accommodations?

  • It is the students’ responsibility to share their accommodation letter with you and to have a discussion about which assessments (i.e. quizzes, tests, exams, midterms, and finals) for which they need to implement their accommodations.
  • Students make a reservation via the Online Portal system. Instructors can see all testing requests and review the scheduled date and time input by the student. Please note students are able to make testing reservations once their accommodation letter has been shared digitally with you. This may or may not occur before they are able to speak with you privately about their accommodations
  • The Online Portal sends automated emails to professors as a reminder about outstanding exam submissions.

Can I make alternate arrangements with students outside of the ADS Testing Office?

  • Yes, course instructors are more than welcome to make an individualized plan with students as long as all of the students’ testing accommodations can be implemented by the instructor. Some examples of these plans include: 1) allowing students to arrive to class early or stay late and test with the class, 2) reserving an additional classroom in your classroom building for all students with additional time, 3) allowing students to test within your office or another location, 4) ensuring that all accommodations such as private space or an adjustable height table are available when necessary.

How do I provide additional time to students in an online course?

Where do students test if my class or assessment is online?

  • Students taking online or hybrid courses in which quizzes and exams are administered via the course web site should not be required to take exams/quizzed at the ADS or other locations on campus. Students should complete these quizzes and exams in the same manner in which all students in the web course complete the assessment.

What is the responsibility of the course instructor to ensure students obtain their additional time at the ADS Testing Office?

  • Please submit all exam materials and directions for each assessment to the ADS Testing Office no later than an hour before the scheduled testing time.
  • Please ensure a contact email is provided so that ADS proctors can contact you if a student has a question during their exam. Please be aware that all student questions are submitted to instructors by email and ADS may not always be able to provide your emailed response to the student prior to their exam completion. Students will be instructed to write a note to include with the completed exam materials. Please make arrangements to speak with the student during office hours for possible recourse options
  • Please ensure a return method for completed exams is indicated. Note if no method is indicated the default is to have the ADS staff return the completed exam to your department office. ADS will not return exams to instructors’ offices or mailboxes.

Will I receive a reminder notification if exam materials are not delivered in advance?

  • Yes, the ADS Testing Office uses an automated email reminder system that will automatically send reminder emails to you. Staff will additionally send manual emails when materials have not been received by the business day prior to the exam.

How can I deliver exam materials to the ADS Testing Office?

  • Materials can be delivered by uploading to the Online Portal, or dropping off the materials in person. For all exam materials dropped off in person, the instructor must include the course and section number, a list of the approved students’ names, and exam administration instructions.

How are completed exams returned?

  • When completing the Test Authorization Form (TAF), you will select one of the following options: 1) (Fastest) Professor Pick Up, 2) ADS Return within 2 business days to the main department office, or 3) Scan and email within 5 business days with the option to shred the original or have it returned to the departmental office.
  • Please note, if you do not select an option, the ADS Testing Office will automatically return the completed exam to your departmental office.
  • Due to exam security, any exam selected for professor pick up at the ADS Testing Office will require the professor (or named designee) to present a photo-ID.

How is exam integrity maintained?

  • Testing sessions are monitored by a test proctor at all times. Students are only allowed to have materials as designated by the Test Authorization Form (TAF). Completed exams are sealed in an envelope and must be signed for at delivery/pick-up to account for the chain of possession.

How is academic dishonesty addressed?

  • In the event that any form of academic dishonesty is observed, the exam is stopped, any unauthorized materials are confiscated, and the instructor is contacted immediately. The proctor will take instruction from the instructor regarding how to proceed. If the instructor cannot be immediately reached, the proctor will leave a voicemail or send an email explaining the situation and the student will be permitted to complete the remainder of the exam with all unauthorized materials removed. In addition to notifying the course instructor, a written incident report will accompany the sealed exam. Course instructors have the discretion to pursue any code of conduct violations as necessary.

Contact ADS Testing Office

Accessibility and Disability Service Testing Office
0118 Shoemaker Building
Phone: (301) 314-7217
E-mail: ADSTest@umd.edu

Testing Location
0118 Shoemaker Building, Lower Level

Testing Office Hours
Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Final Exam Week - Extended Hours: Monday-Friday: the Testing Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have any problems accessing the online forms, please contact the ADS Testing Office at (301) 314-7217.

Adaptive Technology Lab

Adaptive Technology Lab Location
1103 McKeldin Library
Phone: (301) 314-7958
E-mail: wdn@umd.edu

Eligibility

Any student, faculty or staff member currently registered with the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) may also register to use the Adaptive Technology Lab in McKeldin Library.

Adaptive Technology Lab (ATLab) Services

The Adaptive Technology Lab is a study, reading and work space in McKeldin Library that offers the following:

  • Training on the use of adaptive technologies for ADS-registered students, faculty and staff
  • Assistive hardware and software technologies for accessing information, producing papers, recording books, articles and producing alternate forms of text.
  • Technology-assisted exams
  • Assistance in identifying/developing technology-assisted learning and work strategies for students in their courses as well as faculty and staff members in their office environments.

Alternate Text Unit (ATU) Services

The Alternate Text Unit located in the Adaptive Technology Lab is responsible for converting and delivering course texts and exams for qualified students into the formats they require. Some of these are: Kurzweil files, audio files, large print versions, braille printouts, etc.

Registering with the ATLab / ATU

  • Schedule a brief session with either the ATLab Coordinator or the ATU Coordinator.
  • Complete an “ATLab User Information Form” available in hard copy at the ATLab or download pdf file (pdf). This form includes the individual’s name, campus ID#, and any information pertaining to student, faculty or staff status, and the types of technology they are interested in. The campus ID# is used to enable access to the ATLab’s controlled-access card key entrance.
  • Complete  and sign an “ATLab Usage Agreement Form” available in hard copy at the ATLab or download pdf file (pdf), that covers the policies of the ATLab. Submit  a copy of the user’s Accommodations Letter to the ATLab Coordinator
  • Students registering with the ATU must complete a Maryland Accessible Technology Program Student Agreement Form available in hard copy or download pdf file (pdf). More detailed information may be found on the Alternate Text Request Procedures section below.

Note: Please be advised that students who are registered with the ADS and are eligible for Alternate Text services, are strongly encouraged to also register with the Adaptive Technology Lab to have all-hour access to the lab for coordination of this service and pick up completed materials.

Using the ATLab

After registering to use the ATLab, students, faculty and staff may use the lab whenever McKeldin Library is open. Appointments can be scheduled with the ATLab Coordinator to learn about different tools in the lab, to receive training and to develop technology-mediated learning strategies. The Coordinator can also help students develop technology-assisted learning strategies to maximize their learning. For students with attentional disabilities, the ATLab offers a less distracting environment as well as access to three study carrels in McKeldin Library. Students with reading and writing accommodations requiring technology assistance can schedule to take exams in the ATLab.

The lab is equipped with hardware and software technologies to accommodate and assist qualified students when they are working on their assignments or when taking exams.

ATLab accommodations cover a wide range of technologies including:

  • Noise and Distraction Reduction
  • CCTV Document Magnification
  • Computer Screen Magnification
  • Computer Screen Reading
  • Voice Dictation and Computer Control
  • Scan and Read Technology
  • Tactile Graphics Production
  • Text to Braille Conversion
  • Visual Outlining and Concept Organization

Who Uses the ATLab?

The most frequent ATLab users are students with print materials disabilities, such as individuals with vision disabilities, written expression disorders, reading disabilities, information processing or executive functioning disorders, and other disorders that impact reading or writing.

Tips for using the ATLab

The ATLab is here to meet your learning needs. Are you a night owl or an early bird? The ATLab can be accessed whenever McKeldin Library is open. Do you need a place with fewer distractions where you can study? The ATLab has study carrels, white-noise generators and less foot traffic. The ATLab Coordinator and the Alternate Text Unit Coordinator can help you to devise technology-based solutions and learning strategies.

Exams Proctored at the Adaptive Technology Lab

Registered ADS students with an adaptive technology accommodation will take their exams at the ATLab. For students whose accommodations qualify them for technology-assisted exams, they may schedule their exams using the ADS online student portal. Make sure to specify the technologies you need to use and choose either ATL1 or ATL2 as the room where you would like to take your exam.

Note: To facilitate the use of adaptive technologies for exams, your professors must provide exams to ADS in an accessible format (preferably a text file (created with a word processor) or a high-quality PDF file). If a hard copy of an exam is sent to ADS testing, the copy must be of high enough quality for the ATLab’s optical character recognizer to work. If an exam’s quality is insufficient to generate reliable conversion with OCR, a better copy will be requested from the instructor.

Note: Hard copies of exams for the ATLab must be received from professors at least 2 business days prior to scheduled exams.

For more information about the Adaptive Technology Lab: phone (301) 314-7958, e-mail wdn@umd.edu, or visit us in room 1103, McKeldin Library.

For more information about the Alternate Text Unit: phone (301) 314-7684, e-mail adsalttext@umd.edu, or visit us in room 1107, McKeldin Library.

Alternate Text Unit

The Alternate Text Unit located in the Adaptive Technology Lab is responsible for converting and delivering course texts and exams for qualified students into the formats they require. Some of these are: Kurzweil files, audio files, large print versions, braille printouts, etc.

Registering with the ATLab / ATU

  • Schedule a brief session with either the ATLab Coordinator or the ATU Coordinator.
  • Complete an “ATLab User Information Form” available in hard copy at the ATLab or download pdf file (pdf). This form includes the individual’s name, campus ID#, and any information pertaining to student, faculty or staff status, and the types of technology they are interested in. The campus ID# is used to enable access to the ATLab’s controlled-access card key entrance.
  • Complete  and sign an “ATLab Usage Agreement Form” available in hard copy at the ATLab or download pdf file (pdf), that covers the policies of the ATLab. Submit  a copy of the user’s Accommodations Letter to the ATLab Coordinator
  • Students registering with the ATU must complete a Maryland Accessible Technology Program Student Agreement Form available in hard copy or download pdf file (pdf).

Note: Please be advised that students who are registered with the ADS and are eligible for Alternate Text services, are strongly encouraged to also register with the Adaptive Technology Lab to have all-hour access to the lab for coordination of this service and pick up completed materials.

Alternate Text Request Procedures

Alternate Text Services Location
1103 McKeldin Library
Phone: (301) 314-7684
Email: adsalttext@umd.edu

Eligibility

Any student who has been given an accommodation for alternate text format is eligible to request services from this unit. Typical disability categories that qualify to receive books and materials in alternate format are:

  • Vision disabilities
  • Some learning disabilities Some attention deficit disorders

Any of these disabilities could affect reading ability, reading comprehension and the ability to process information in printed form.

Alternate Text Services

The Alternate Text service is responsible for converting required printed course materials into formats that are accessible to students with printed materials disabilities.

  • Convert textbooks and other required reading materials into electronic format, braille and enlarged print.
  • Convert textbooks, course packets, articles, handouts, and miscellaneous printed into alternate text.
  • Save in an appropriate file format so that the information is accessible to the eligible individual.

The Alternative Text Process

ADS will ensure that the student is aware of the following information relevant to sharing the accommodations letter with course instructors.

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Alternate Text Coordinator.
  2. Complete the necessary paperwork and submit a request for materials to be converted.
  3. Alternate Text Coordinator checks the ADS database and/or other agencies such as the Maryland Accessible Textbook Program, BookShare, and Learning Ally to determine if converted books are available. If so, the Coordinator orders a copy of the converted materials.
  4. Materials that are not previously converted will be converted by ADS staff . Materials are scanned into a file format that is preferred by the student.

Copyright

  • Copyright laws apply to all materials converted by ADS or borrowed from ADS.
  • ADS follows copyright laws and procedures s for all materials copied and reproduced.
  • Students are required to return all materials borrowed from ADS.

Purchasing Books and Supplies

ADS will purchase textbooks and other required reading materials from the University Book Center or other sources when printed material conversion is required.

Alternate Text Software Borrowing

The Accessibility & Disability Service will download a copy of University-owned Kurzweil 3000 onto eligible students’ personal computers for ease in accessing materials in an alternate format.

Once students graduate or take leave from the University, they are responsible for informing the Alternate Text Unit.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service