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Reading Services Forms (Various)

Eligibility

  • Documented disability of Blindness or Visual impairment.
  • Documentation on file with the Office of AccessABILITY must clearly state the need for this service.

Student Responsibilities

  • Reading service request forms should be completed immediately after registering for a course and are due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please have in mind the days and times that you would want to schedule your reading sessions when filling out the Request for Services Form.
  • Two hours of reading per week are provided for each course. Depending on the course content, students may request additional reading time to be approved by the office. However, the use of other sources beyond a reader are necessary and must be utilized.
  • All reading sessions must take place on campus. The use of the library study rooms or the Access & Technology Center is recommended.

Schedule Changes

Please notify the Coordinator of any schedule changes as soon as possible, including:

  • If you drop or withdraw from a course.
  • If you add a course in the first three weeks of a term, you will be expected to use alternative reading methods, (see section on other reading sources), until we locate and assign a reader to you.

Absence

  • Readers will remain at the reading location for 15 minutes. If after this lapse of time you have not arrived, the reader will leave and report the absence to our office.
  • If you know that you will be absent from a reading session, you must notify our office at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled reading time.
  • Three absences without proper notification and medical documentation will result in the termination of services.

Materials to be Read

  • Readers will read course-related material to you for two hours a week.
  • However, we advise you to acquire textbooks on tape in order to maximize the use of our reading services.

Time Sheets

  • Students must initial readers’ time sheets at every reading session as well as sign the time sheets every two weeks.

Contact with Reader and the Office of AcessAbility

  • Students and readers should exchange emails and phone numbers so that they may reach each other directly if needed.
  • Students should reserve a room in the library for reading sessions and inform of our office of the location and times.
  • Please call Gwen Little, Coordinator of Class Accommodations, at (212) 772-4857, email glittle@hunter.cuny.edu, or visit room 1214B, East building:
    • If you have concerns regarding reading
    • If a reader is late
    • If a reader is absent

Other Reading Sources

To accomplish all of the reading required for a college course, the use of other resources beyond a reader is necessary. These resource include volunteer readers from the Lighthouse for the Blind, books on tape, use of the Reading Edge machine, and other screen-reading software available in the Hunter College Access & Technology Center.

Volunteer Readers
If interested, contact:
Lighthouse for the Blind
East 111 59th Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues)
New York, New York 10022
(212) 821-9200
www.lighthouse.org

Books on Tape

  • In order to make arrangements for books on tape, you should first inquire about the texts required for your courses at the academic departments and the Hunter College Bookstore.
  • Begin this process as soon as you have registered for courses to ensure that the tapes arrive in a timely manner.
  • For textbooks on tape, contact:
    Recording for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
    545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1005
    New York, New York 10017
    (212) 557-5720
    www.rfbd.org
  • For non-textbooks on tape or in Braille, students should contact:
    Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    40 West 20th Street
    New York, New York 10011
    (212) 206-5400
    http://www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell

Chapter 219 of the Laws of 2003 provide all students who have print disability, with access to alternate text format through publishing companies. For more information regarding this service, please call Jose Fernandez at (212) 772-5478, or visit in the Access & Technology Center in Room 300, North Building.

Reading & Scanning Software
The Access & Technology Center has various scanning and reading software, as well as CCTVs. Please contact the Center for further details at (212) 772-5478.

Please sign the Student Agreement for Reading Services [pdf] and return it to the Coordinator of Class Accommodations with your Request for Services Form [pdf]. Note: Scheduling of your reading services cannot begin until both of these forms are submitted.

For a copy of these guidelines, click here [pdf].

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