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Services & Policies: Assistive Technologies

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Assistive Technologies for Patrons with Disabilities

Assistive Technologies

The City College Libraries are committed to making its resources accessible to all members of the college community. Many of the Library's resources can be accessed remotely from the Databases A-Z page. Persons with disabilities can take advantage of a number of services offered by the Library to assist our users in meeting their library research needs. For more information, please contact the AccessAbility Center (NAC Building, Room 1/218; Phone: 212.650.5913 TTY\TTD: 212.650.6910 Fax: 212.650.5772; E-mail: sds@ccny.cuny.edu).

Library Services Available to Patrons with Disabilities

  • Research Assistance
  • Retrieving Materials from the Stacks
  • Photocopying
  • Assistive Technologies and Software Available in the CCNY Library
  • Policies for the Use of the Assistive Technologies Laboratory


Research Assistance
Individual Consultations 
Contact a Subject Specialist to make an appointment to meet with a librarian in your subject area to obtain assistance with your research.

 

Retrieving Materials from the Stacks
Make Arrangements

Make arrangements at the Reference Desk to have books and journals retrieved from the shelves of any CCNY Library. At times, such as holidays and evening hours, reduced staffing may preclude staff from immediately providing such assistance, but every attempt will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner. If you are doing extensive library research, you may find it beneficial to contact the library in advance to make an appointment so that we can serve you better.


Photocopying
Photocopies of Journal Articles 
You can obtain copies of journal articles by submitting a request in person to the Cohen Library's Reference Desk. Journal articles will be retrieved and photocopied for you. Before using this service, please obtain proper identification regarding your disability. A letter of qualification from the Office of Disabled Student Services of CCNY will be required for this service. If you are a student at another CUNY school, a letter from the office providing services to disabled students where you attend will be required. At times, such as holidays and evening hours, reduced staffing may preclude staff from immediately providing such assistance, but every attempt will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

 

Photocopies of Books 
You can obtain copies of books by taking the materials to be copied to the Cohen Library's Reference Desk. Before using this service, please obtain a letter of qualification, described above. At times, such as holidays and evening hours, reduced staffing may preclude staff from immediately providing such assistance, but every attempt will be made to accommodate requests in a timely manner.

 

Assistive Technologies Available in Cohen Library
The following assistive technologies are available:

·       Computers equipped with scanners

·       JAWS and Vocal-Eyes computer screen reading software

·       Kurzweil 1000 printed material reading software

·       Zoom Text screen magnification software

·       Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software

·       Duxbury Braille translation program to convert standard text on the computer to standard Braille

·       Porta-Thiel a Braille embosser for use with a computer or a Braille note taker, such as the Braille 'n Speak

·       Perkins Braille writer, a manual machine for writing Braille on paper

·       A reading lamp with magnifier


Use of Assistive Technologies
Eligible users should contact the AccessAbility Center (NAC Building, Room 1/218; Phone: 212.650.5913 TTY\TTD: 212.650.6910 Fax: 212.650.5772; E-mail: sds@ccny.cuny.edu) for the password. Please report any problems with the equipment or software to the AccessAbility Center.