FAQ for Students
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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 DeafBlind people
No. It is common for people who are DeafBlind 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. 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 Shop in the Audiology Center at 585-475-3130(V) or stop by in person (LBJ-3130) and make an appointment. The doctor can provide medical diagnosis and follow up.
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 DeafBlind students. Each member represents a different department and works together to provide services and support for DeafBlind students. Our names and contact information can be found under the Vision Support Committee category.
Coming to visit RIT/NTID is the best way to learn more about us. To receive information about services for Deafblind students on campus, contact Laurie Mousley, Vision Support Committee chairperson.
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. To schedule this service fill out and submit this request form and return to RIT Disability Services: Accessible Van Service Request Form
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.
You can also 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.
For NTID supported/cross registered students, when students need an academic adjustment, they need to contact Susan Ackerman, Director of Disability Services. If a low vision monitor is needed in the classroom, Sue contacts RIT’s Information and Technology Services (ITS) and they set up the technology and work together with students and instructors to ensure that the technology is mirrored to the low vision monitor correctly.
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.
NTID Help Desk