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FAQ for Students

General FAQ

  • 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, ophthalmogist and vision specialist.

VSC is a group of people that includes counselors, interpreters, audiologists, a technical support person and a deaf-blind student. 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.

Due to your vision loss you may need to use the "Accessible Van Service" rather than the general RIT shuttle system. This service is available fall and spring semesters from 7am-6pm. 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. Call 585-475-2023, email, or visit them in the Student Alumni Union (SAU), room 1150.

Technology FAQ for Students

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.

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.

Contact Chas Johnstone through the Help Desk:
NTID Help Desk
585-475-2200 [TTY/voice]