Additional Disability Support
Project Connections (JLC230 732.906.2507): Project Connections is a comprehensive psycho-educational support service program staffed by learning specialists and counselors. Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited. Federal guidelines require the program to admit students who have a reasonable chance at graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Middlesex County College in six academic semesters. A supplemental application and interview is required. The services of this program go above and beyond those required under disability law. Space is limited and admission to the program is competitive. The program is currently grant funded through the Federal Department of Education and the Student Services Program (TRIO) and there is no additional charge for the services.
Adapted Testing Center (JLC 229 732.906.2547) Adapted testing staff are available to assist in exam proctoring for students requiring specialized test administration through the College’s Testing Center. The service requires students to make appointments in advance of their exam date and follow the Adapted Testing Center’s Policies and Procedures.
Adaptive Technology Center (JLC243 732.906.3676) A lab coordinator and a 15 station lab is available with a variety of software and hardware including screen readers, print magnification, word prediction software,Kurzweil, Live Smart Pens, Com-tek Amplification devices, CCTV’s, read and scan systems as well as other assistive technology software and hardware. Additional adaptive technology is available in the College Library.
Note taking Support: Students who require note taking assistance as a result of their disability and submit appropriate documentation of that need may be provided with support in a variety of methods. Sometimes, the choice of how to meet the need is based on prior experience, the type of class and student preference. Some students prefer to record a lecture or use a Smart Pen. At other times, a peer note taker is sought, this peer is “hired” for the task of sharing a copy of their notes and is offered a stipend for their efforts. At times, students will volunteer to do this and not wish a stipend. At other times, a peer tutor may be used and come into the class specifically to take notes for a student with a disability. Today, many faculty are posting their notes and power points on Campus Cruiser which may provide adequate coverage, as well.
Interpreter Requests: Students who are deaf and requesting interpreter services must identify their needs to Disability Services at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Specific policies regarding the use of interpreters and cancellation policies may be found outlined in the Handbook for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Books in Alternate Format: Students who have difficulty reading print may request their text in alternate format. The College is a member of LearningAlly, Bookshare and Access Alternate Link, all agencies that are used as sources to requests books in audio or PDF format that may be read by a screen reader. Occasionally, staff needs to request titles directly from a publisher. As well, at times our Assistive Technology Coordinator will scan books using our high speed scanner. This may also be used for any class handouts. When books are requested as etexts directly from a publisher, the student must show proof of purchase prior to the College releasing the title. Students receiving these alternate formats must not share them with others, doing so is considered a breach of the loan agreement.