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Technology

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.