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Disability Resource Center: Helping to ensure equal access to the University's educational, social, and cultural opportunities

Services for Students Who Are Blind / Visually Impaired

Disability Resource Center coordinates services for blind and visually impaired students at the University of Louisville. Services include:

  • Assess each student's support needs on a case by case basis to determine eligibility for services and to determine accommodations.
  • Meet with each visually impaired student at least once a semester to determine appropriate support services.
  • Provide information and training to students who are blind or visually impaired about campus, community, state, and national resources to promote independence.
  • Assist students in developing self-empowerment, self-esteem, and independence skills.
  • Coordinate support services for students who are blind or visually impaired. Including coordination of exam accommodation service, note taking assistance, brailing, classroom assistance, mobility instruction, and tutoring.
  • Assist students in obtaining readers for academic materials that are not in accessible format.
  • Assist in locating braille material for students who are blind and read braille.
  • Assist in finding an in-class assistant for classes where an assistant is deemed necessary.
  • Assist students in obtaining mobility instruction on the University of Louisville campus prior to the beginning of each semester.
  • Assist students in accessing tutoring through existing University resources; assist students in locating supplemental tutoring, in limited cases, in collaboration with the Department for the Blind.
  • Adaptive Equipment Lab provides auxiliary aids and adaptive equipment such as tape recorders, CCTV print enlargers, computer screen magnification software and synthetic speech, and optical character recognition scanner.
  • Interface with faculty regarding student academic support needs, and provide information regarding classroom accommodations.
  • Assist faculty in providing appropriate classroom accommodations.

For additional information, contact:

Bob Blake, Program Coordinator - Senior
Disability Resource Center
119 Stevenson Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-6938
robert.blake@louisville.edu

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