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FAQ for Instructors

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Almost all NTID general purpose classrooms are already outfitted with a “low-vision” LCD monitor. Most of the NTID labs are pre-wired so a low-vision monitor can be installed as needed. To find out which spaces already have a low-vision monitor or to request an installation, contact the NTID Service Desk.

Use a CCTV. This machine uses a high-resolution video camera to enlarge and alter an image on a built-in video monitor. A CCTV can be delivered to NTID classrooms and labs as needed and is also requested at the NTID Service Desk.

Enlarge the original documents via a copier from an 8.5” X 11” original to 11” X 17” without altering the layout or format of the original.

You can request assistance from the RIT Disability Services Office:

Please give as much advance notice as possible when requesting the above assistance.

Use a CCTV (see the answer above).

Use the resident Visualizer. Almost all NTID general-purpose classrooms and most labs are outfitted with a visualizer. To find out which spaces have a visualizer, contact the NTID Service Desk.

The Disability Services Office (DSO) does not print textbooks in enlarged font. DSO provides books in PDF format, so that students can use them on a computer and view in whatever font size/type is needed.

If there is an e-book, students do not have to do anything since the book is already digital and they can use it on an e-reader or computer, and can increase the font size (or listen to the text being read) as needed.

If there is no e-book available, students can purchase the textbook. DSO will then contact the publisher to obtain the text in digital (PDF) format. Publishers are using a single source that DSO can access and if the book is available there, then it is often ready for students in a few hours. Some publishers are not using that resource, so it could take up to a few weeks. If students need it faster than DSO can get it (or if the publisher does not have a digital copy available), then DSO can take the student's book, cut off the binding, and scan it to create a PDF in the DSO office.

In the browser, [IE, Firefox or Chrome] enlarge the size using [Ctrl and +]

Use a Low-vis monitor. [See answer #2 above].

Use a CCTV [see the answer above] to enlarge any handouts related to the work group.

Use darker board markers [blue, black]; avoid red and green.

Use the visualizer and/or a low-vis monitor combination [see the answer above].

Disability Services Office will send you Disability Services Agreements for students in your classes. The DSA will list accommodations specific to each student’s individual needs that have been approved. 

If the student does not have a DSA, encourage the student to make an appointment at the RIT Disability Services Office. 

Kathleen Szczepanek, Sr. Lecturer
Business Studies
585-286-4670 (VP)

Keith Mousley, Associate Professor
NTID Science & Mathematics
585-286-4631 (VP)

Jennifer Briggs, Lecturer
ASL & Interpreting Education
585-286-4316 (VP)