Accommodations & Services
Kutztown University is committed to providing accessible programs, services and activities.
Kutztown University does not provide diagnostic testing to determine a disability, however Disability Services will provide referrals to external sources.
Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Examples of accommodations may include but are not limited to:
Extra Test-Taking Time
Testing in a Distraction-reduced Environment
The Disability Services Test Center affords the opportunity for students who are approved for this accommodation to test in an individual, quiet room.
Note takers are provided for students who require assistance with note taking in class. Note takers upload their notes to D2L, and are required to upload notes within 24 hours after the class. The students receiving notes have the responsibility to download their notes in a timely manner. The note taking system is anonymous; protecting the privacy of the student with a disability.
Recording of lecture material is considered a reasonable accommodation for students whose disabilities dictate assistance in this venue. Students using this accommodation sign a contract during the student accommodation plan meeting agreeing not to share the material .
Readers and Scribes
Readers and scribes are provided to assist with exams for students eligible for such accommodations.
Alternative Testing Methods
Students with disabilities have the right to be evaluated based solely on their abilities. If an evaluation method has a negative impact due to a student's disability, the university will seek reasonable alternatives. These may include oral testing, alternative assessment, extended test times, and/or testing in a distraction-reduced environment.
Alternate Textbook Materials
Alternatives to the traditional textbook may be provided for those students who demonstrate need. Please refer to the the "Alternate Text Formats" page.
Interpreter services need to be requested at least four weeks prior to the first day of instruction, and as soon as possible for a university event. The university cannot guarantee that interpreter services will be available on the first day of instruction for those students who choose to apply for services later than four weeks prior to the first day of instruction. However, every effort will be made to have interpreter services available to students, and to satisfy a request for an event as soon as possible. Students with hearing impairments may contact the Disability Services Office at 610-683-4108 or TDD at 610-683-4499.
Communication with Individuals Who Have Hearing or Speech Impairments
Call Pennsylvania's Speech-to-Speech Relay Service (1-800-229-5746) for infrequent mediated phone conversations. A TTY (teletype) is available in the library for communication with hearing impaired individuals.
The Assistive Technology Center is located in the Rohrbach Library, Room 207. The Center is equipped with three PCs. The software available includes Zoomtext, Jaws, Open Book scanning software, and the Wynn Wizard text reader. A teletype (TTY) for the hearing impaired is also available. The library may be contacted at 610-683-4480. All university computer labs have Zoomtext and Jaws available.
Physical Access, Mobility Training and Orientation
Arrangements are made to ensure that classrooms are in accessible locations. It is important that mobility impaired students declare their disability and notify the Disability Services Office of any problems with access at least four weeks prior to the first day of instruction to ensure access. Mobility orientation for students with visual impairments is provided by The Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BVS) of Pennsylvania. Students need to contact their local BVS office or the BVS office in Wilkes-Barre at 570-826-2361 or 1-866-227-4163to arrange for mobility orientation.
Priority registration is available for students with disabilities who have a documented need for this service. The need for priority registration is assessed on a case-by-case basis.