Accommodations & Technology

Leveling the Field: Student Accommodations

A disability can make university challenging in ways the average person may not consider. At Cape Breton University, we support adjustments being made so a disability never stands in the way of learning—and living—comfortably. After all, we want all of our students to achieve success.

If you’re a student living with a disability, accommodations can help you overcome the challenges many students encounter throughout university, using different methods to do so.

How We Can Help

At Cape Breton University, the Jennifer Keeping Centre offers a wide range of services and accommodations designed to make university life and learning easier for students with disabilities. These services and accommodations include class accommodations, test and exam accommodations and more.

Class Accommodations

Note-takers: If you have a disability or impairment that makes it difficult to take notes, our trained note-takers can help. We also have scribes for exam purposes.

Alternate format texts and assignments: Need large print texts or printed overheads? We can format textbooks to be used by Kurzweil, a speech-to-text software popular with people who have trouble reading.

Tape recorders: Tape recorders can be used in class only with the permission of the instructor or professor. The Centre can provide the equipment you need to record in your classes.

Preferential seating: Is your impairment making it hard to see the text being presented? We can arrange to seat you up front.

Test and Exam Accommodations

Alternate format tests and exams: We can have your tests and exams printed in large font or conducted orally, depending on your needs.

Extended testing period: If you have a disability that impairs your ability to take your exams within the regularly allotted time period, we may be able to extend the test or exam time.

Proctor services and alternative scheduling: Depending on your disability, we may be able to provide you with exam supervision in a quiet area separate from your regular class. We may also be able to schedule your exam at a different time.

Use of technology and other aids: If you’re a student with a disability, we may allow you to use a laptop for essay questions, or a closed circuit television to increase font size. These resources are only available in certain classrooms.

Readers: If you have a visual impairment, we can provide an assistant who will read test materials to you.

Other Accommodations

Reduced course load: If you’re a student with a disability, two courses per term constitutes full-time status. This is important when applying for financial assistance.

Tutors: Experiencing difficulty in your coursework? Consider one of our tutors. Our tutors are students who have performed well in that course in previous years, or individuals in the Bachelor of Education program who can help you with your coursework.

Educational Assistants: Bachelor of Education students who meet with the student once per week to offer advice, time management and course counselling.

Educational Attendants: Individuals who assist students getting to and from class, take notes and assist them with attending activities on campus.

Parking: Reserved parking is available.

Requesting Accommodations

You must meet with the manager of the centre if you would like to request accommodations.

Breaking Down Barriers: Assistive Technology

At Cape Breton University’s Jennifer Keeping Centre, you’ll find a wide range of adaptive technology, available to students with documented disabilities.

This equipment includes:

Computers: The Centre’s computers are equipped with adaptive software such as Kurzweil and JAWS. We also offer Internet access and laptops for exam purposes.

Scanners: These are used primarily to scan textual material, such as textbooks or articles. This makes it possible for us to convert the material into an alternate format that meets student’s needs.

Closed circuit televisions: These tools magnify the screen so that students with visual impairments can read standard-sized print material.

Braille embosser and LaserJet printers: This technology allows students to emboss or print text material directly from a computer or another source, like a Braille writing tool.

Note-taking devices: These devices include laptops and Braille Notes. They make it easier for students to take notes efficiently and effectively.

Magnification devices: The Centre offers text magnifiers to help students with visual impairments read.

Kurzweil or Claro Read: Text-to-speech programs for students with learning and visual disabilities. Digital or scanned text is converted into audio to facilitate learning. Text books can be converted to these formats with the cooperation of the publisher as long as the student purchases the physical text and provides a receipt to the JKC.

JAWS: Job Access With Speech is a text-to-speech program that reads screen text out loud to the student. It requires the use of keyboard commands.

After meeting with the manager, you will be asked to fill out a Student Accommodation Request Form or a Scribe/Proctor Request Form, depending on your needs.