WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

WVNCC | West Virginia Northern Community College

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Alternate Text Format Software to Assist in Writing and Reading Educational Software
  Procedure and Policies  


Alternate Text Format


If an alternate text format is required, the following options are available:  


Software to Assist in Writing and Reading


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Educational Software


      The Kurzweil 3000 is a state of the art text-to-voice software program.  The Kurzweil converts written text into a synthesized speech.  This software is especially helpful for students who are dyslexic, for students who are visually impaired, and for students who are slow readers.  The Kurzweil helps students increase reading speed and comprehension.  It uses a multi-sensory approach that allows students to both hear and see the text as they read.  Kurzweil will even let students’ type text and hear the text as they type it.  The Kurzweil is very user-friendly and requires very little training time.  Students may choose from a variety of voices and may adjust reading rate, font size, and the color as well as the amount of text highlighted.  

Kurzweil 3000 is available for the visually impared

Procedure and Policies  

Students entering the Resource Room will be signed into a logbook noting the date of use, equipment and software used, and the time in and out.   

The Disabilities Coordinator, Program Assistant, IT Technician or work study students who are trained in the use of hardware, software and any other equipment in the Resource Room will be available to assist students.

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Resource Room Rules

The following actions may lead to removal from the Resource Room and/or loss of privileges: 

Test Taking  

            The Disabilities Office offers quiet areas in which to take examinations.  Students who require extra time and/or a non-distracting environment in which to take examinations enjoy the relaxed, quiet atmosphere in the Disabilities Office.  In addition, we have computers for use in essay examinations and exams that require network/internet access.  

Testing takes place during normal operating hours (8:30am to 5:00pm) Monday through Friday, unless other arrangements are made in advance.  It is the student’s responsibility remind instructors of testing arrangements and to inform the Disabilities Office of the scheduled time and date of the test. 

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Trained Peer Tutors  

Tutors are available through the Tutoring Center which is located on all three campuses.  

Contact your center assistant for individual appointment times.

Note Takers/Class Notes  

Sign Language Interpreters  

            The student may require the use of an interpreter in class.  This service will be provided in accordance with the ADA .  

Please contact the Student Disabilities Coordinator for interpreter services.

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