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FAQ for Students

General FAQ

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  • Depending on others to feel safe and informed
  • Learning and using communication strategies
  • Becoming aware of and navigating their surroundings
  • Finding social, living and employment situations that fit their individual talents, needs and aspirations
  • Overcoming barriers that complicate their interactions with non deaf-blind people

No. It is common for people who are deaf-blind to have partial hearing and/or vision.

No, RIT does not offer SSP services, however, students interested in this service can contact community agencies in Rochester for this service. One community agency that offers SSP services is The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) in Rochester, N.Y. CDR is not affiliated with RIT and the college does not make any representation as to the quality or accuracy of the services provided. You are encouraged to communicate with several community agencies that offer SSP services before making a decision and choosing an agency that is right for you.

Yes, RIT has an opthamologist who comes on campus every semester. For referral/appointments, call the RIT/NTID Hearing Aid Shop at 585-475-3130 or stop by in person and make an appointment. The doctor can provide medical diagnosis and follow up.
Eye Clinic Location: RIT, Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall, Rm. 3758

The eye doctor is Dr. Ronald Plotnik, ophthalmologist and vision specialist.

VSC is a group of people that includes counselors, interpreters, audiologists, a technical support person and deaf-blind students. Each member represents a different department and works together to provide services and support for deaf-blind students. Our names and contact information can be found under the "contact" category.

Coming to visit RIT/NTID is the best way to learn more about us. To receive information about services for deaf-blind students on campus, contact Laurie Mousley, Vision Support Committee chairperson.

Yes! You can learn more about library resources on the RIT Libraries website. RIT also offers deaf-blind-related visual materials such as books and DVDs.

Due to your vision loss you may require test or classroom accommodations. See examples on the Accommodation for Testing and Classroom Learning page.

You can submit an online request form to RIT Disability Services.

Due to your vision loss you may need to make sure you have a certain type of housing. An example might be that you should live on the first floor or a lower floor so you can exit the building easily during a fire alarm. You can submit an online request form to RIT Disability Services.

If you require help during a fire alarm, please contact the RIT Disability Services Office to talk about your needs ahead of time to develop a plan. After you have discussed this with the RIT Disability Services and have received approval, it is recommended that you share the plan with your Dorm Residence Coordinator, or Apartment Area Director, and your resident advisor (RA). If during a fire alarm or emergency situation, you need assistance, contact RIT Public Safety at 585-205-8333 (text) or 585-475-3333. (voice)

Technology FAQ for Students

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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, ask your teacher to 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 by your teacher 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 also 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 you can use them on a computer and view in whatever font size/type is needed.

If there is an e-book, you do not have to do anything since the book is already digital and you 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, you 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 you in a few hours. Some publishers are not using that resource, so it could take up to a few weeks. If you need it faster than DSO can get it (or if the publisher does not have a digital copy available), then DSO can take your 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 the answer 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].

Be sure you have 1] a “Disability Services Agreement” from the RIT Disability Services Office and 2] a "NTID Classroom/Lab Vision Assessment Report." Give a copy of these documents to your teachers and counselors. These documents will list accommodations specific to your individual needs that have been approved.

Mac Accessibility Shortcuts
You can use the keyboard shortcuts below to control accessibility options on a Mac

Action Shortcut
Display Accessibility Options Option-Command-F5
Turn the invert colors on or off* Control-Option-Command-8
Zoom in or out* Control-scroll gestures
Option-Command-Plus Sign (+)
Option-Command-Minus Sign (-)
Locate the Mouse Pointer Quickly move the mouse back and forth to make it bigger (marked in Display preferences)
*Shortcuts must be marked in System Preferences >> Keyboard.

Windows Accessibility Shortcuts
The following is a list of keyboard shortcuts for assistive technologies in Windows 10, including Magnifier, High Contrast, and others.

Action Shortcut
Open Magnifier Windows logo-Plus Sign (+)
Toggle invert colors on and off* Ctrl-Alt-I
Zoom in or out* Windows logo-Plus Sign (+)
Windows logo-Minus Sign (-)
Exit Magnifier* Windows logo-Esc
Open the Ease of Access Center Windows logo-U
*Magnifier app must be open for the shortcut to function.