Services Offered

If you have any questions regarding the services offered below, please feel free to contact us at 805.893.2668, thank you!

Reading Services


E-Text
Scanned, digitized text

Kurzweil
Kurzweil text recognition software allows students to listen to and read scanned text, image text, digital files and internet pages.

Learning Ally
Previously named Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic or RFB&D, produces accessible audio books for people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disabilities. 

ATC Brailler
Conversion of written materials for blind students 

Zoom Text
Zoomtext is a magnification and screen reading software for the visually impaired. ZoomText enlarges, enhances and reads everything on the computer screen.

JAWS
Job Access With Speech, is a screen reader developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.

Window-Eyes 
A secure and customizable screen reader that enables students who are blind or visually impaired to be completely independent on a PC.

Notetaking Services


Sonocent

Sonocent Recorder is an Android and iOS app that allows students to capture high-quality audio recordings and, in real-time annotate, with colors, photos and text notes.

Smart Pen
A ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. When used with special digital paper, it records what it writes for later uploading to a computer, and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded.

Note takers
Peer students in your classes that take notes and upload them into the DSP portal system. Please note that DSP may not be able to hire a note taker for all classes due to note taker availability. 

Test Taking Accommodations


Extended time (150% or  200%)
150% Extended time- length of original exam time plus half (3hr final with 150% extended time= 4.5 hours)
200% Extended time- length of original exam time doubled (3hr final with 200% extended time, 6hrs).

Alternate exam setting
Allows student to test away from classroom setting but student may grouped with other DSP students in their class. Exam is coordinator by a DSP proctor.

Private exam setting
Allows student to test away from classroom setting but student will not be grouped with other students.   Exam is coordinator by a DSP proctor.

Exam writer
A DSP proctor who will write content dictated by DSP student or bubble in scantron answers

Exam tracker
Exam trackers assist students with connecting responses from their exam sheet  to the intended answers on Scantron and other multiple choice forms.  Due to the nature of this accommodation, it will take place in a private exam setting.  Trackers will not write/bubble in responses for DSP student

4 function calculator
DSP issued calculator for exams with use of the following functions: +, -, *, /

Laptop
DSP issued laptop for exams, internet disabled and password protected

Exam reader
DSP proctor who will read exam prompts to DSP student

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking allows students to dictate documents, search the web and email by using their voice.

Spell checker
A DSP issued a Franklin Spelling Corrector

Modified Exam format
This is a change to the physical format of the exam itself and may include large print, Braille, color overlay, white on black text or another modification to the standard print exam.

Consideration of Health Condition
Based on disability, some students may be able to reschedule exams if they experience a flare of their condition on the day of the exam. 

Memory aid
A memory aid is a testing accommodation used to support students who have documented challenges with memory. It is a tool used to trigger information that a student has studied but may have difficulty recalling. The memory aid allows the student to demonstrate knowledge of course material by helping prompt the student’s memory, not by providing the answer. 

Modified Exam Start Time
Based on disability some students may be able to alter the exam start times.

Modified Exam Setting
You are eligible to have a modification made to the exam environment or conditions during a proctored exam. This may include the use of a standing podium, access to food, breaks for medical treatment, the use of sunglasses, control over lighting preferences or another environmental modification.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


CART
CART stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation.  It may also be referred to as real-time captioning.  CART services at UCSB may be provided by a CART captioner located in the classroom or by one who is accessing the course remotely and is located offsite.

Interpreting Services
American Sign Language Interpreters (ASL) present for all instructional environments, including lectures, labs, field trips and other required course activities, such as attending plays, concerts, public lectures and other events.  ASL services at UCSB may be provided by an interpreter located in the classroom.

Assitive Listening Devices
DSP has two types of devices depending on class size. The amplifiers bring sound directly into the ear. They separate the sounds, particularly speech, that a person wants to hear from background noise.

Other Services


Classroom Practices Accommodations
Please note these accommodations may require an intake to establish a nexus between the student's disability/functional limitation(s) and the accommodation. DSP must also evaluate whether the accommodation meets the standard of reasonable within the context of your course. As such, these accommodations may require full committee review as well as outreach to your faculty by DSP.

Consideration of Flexible Attendance
Based on disability some students may be eligible for additional consideration in regard to a faculty’s existing attendance policies. Please note that DSP cannot waive attendance, cannot create a fundamental alteration to a course, and that accommodations are not retroactive.  . Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible. 

Consideration of Flexible Participation
Based on disability some students may be eligible for additional consideration in regard to a faculty’s existing participation policies. Please note that DSP cannot waive participation, cannot create a fundamental alteration to a course, and that accommodations are not retroactive.  . Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible. 

Consideration of Health: Extensions on Assignments
Some students may be eligible for extensions on assignments if their disability prevents them from submitting an assignment on time. Please note that syllabi are contracts with faculty and that all requests for extensions must be approved in advance by DSP and presented to faculty for consideration.  DSP cannot advocate for students after a deadline has been missed. Students in need of this accommodation should schedule appointments with their assigned specialist as close to the beginning of the quarter as possible.

Graduate Students


Extended time to degree plans

DSP in coordination with Graduate Division as well as providers and/or treatment team may work to create an extended time to degree plan that allows graduate students to maintain good academic standing while taking fewer courses per quarter or taking a longer time to complete program milestones. 

Comprehensive exam accommodations
DSP may work with department and faculty to address barriers introduced by some formats of comprehensive exams. DSP will coordinate with student and department to address inclusivity of format and recommend accessible modifications which may include extended time, modified exam format, etc.

If you are having trouble accessing services, please:

  1. Contact the DSP front desk at 805.893.2668 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  2. Contact your assigned specialist.
  3. View your signed service agreement (in the DSP portal) for contact information.
  4. Complete our Resolve a Grievance Form: https://forms.gle/2K66h5gMrx2RtVS9A