Disability Support Services

North Foundation Hall, Room 103A
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3266
Fax: (248) 370-4327
Video Phone: (248) 841-8015
TTY: (248) 370-3268
DSS@oakland.edu

Office Hours:
M-F: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

There's an app for that, too! 

Contact DSS for a list of smartphone apps to help support your studies.

Study Aids

Academic
Support
Free tutoring:
The Tutoring Center offers a variety of services and programs for students to achieve their best academically. The center’s goal is to help students become independent learners and experience academic success. The center offers individual and group tutoring for most 100 and 200 level courses, Supplemental Instruction, study skills workshops, assistance in applying for specific scholarships, and more.

Writing Center:
The Writing Center, located in Kresge Library, offers assistance with writing assignments by trained peer writing consultants.

Library services:
Kresge librarians provide private consultations designed for students with disabilities by appointment. The reference or circulation staff is available to retrieve materials and books. Basic reference questions can be addressed over the phone at (248) 370-4426 or email at  ref@oakland.edu.
Alternative
Formats
DSS will convert printed information to CD format in order to make it accessible to students. Also, handouts and overheads can be enlarged or reproduced in Braille. DSS suggests students use resources such as the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped also.

How to get your books scanned
The DSS office will scan books to CD. The procedure is as follows:
  • Books must be purchased for each class.
  • Books are to be taken to the OU Print Shop at 16 PSS to have the binding cut from the book.
  • The unbound book is submitted by the student to the DSS office to be scanned to a CD. Scanning completed on a first come first served basis..
  • Once scanned, the student will pick up CD and book from the DSS office.
  • Student is to take the book back to the Print Shop at 16 PSS and the book will be rebound. Rebinded books can be sold back to the bookstore as any other book purchased.
Assistive
Technology
Assistive technology is available in various locations on campus and can enhance self-reliance. Training is coordinated through DSS. A brief description of each follows along with a list of where you can find them on campus.
Kurzweil 1000 - Version 12 for Blind 
An advanced scanning and reading solution for the blind or visually impaired
  • Kresge Library - Room 227
Kurzweil 3000 - Learn Station Version 12-Screenreader
A scanning, reading and writing solution for students with learning disabilities or reading difficulties
  • 113 North Foundation Hall, DSS Testing Room, Read Only
  • 40 Oakland Center, Student Technology Center
  • Kresge Library - Learning Commons North Wing
  • 103A North Foundation Hall, DSS Office (Lab Pack Version 10)
  • Hamlin Hall Computer Lab- Computer #26 (available only for on-campus students)
  • Educational Resource Library (ERL) Pawley Hall- Room 350 (computer #140)
Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.0- Speech Recognition Software
A large vocabulary, speech recognition system; you can enter commands and dictate text by speaking into a microphone; you can use it with a keyboard or a mouse, or you can use it completely hands free
  • Kresge Library - Learning Commons North Wing
  • 103A North Foundation Hall, DSS Office
  • Hamlin Hall Computer Lab- Computer #26 (available only for on-campus students)

Jaws 13-Screenreader
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) manages speech output to application programs; it will voice characters, words, lines, and screen text in nine distinct voices. 
  • Kresge Library - Learning Commons North Wing
  • 103A North Foundation Hall, DSS Office
  • 40 Oakland Center, Student Tech Center
  • 113 North Foundation Hall, DSS Testing Room
  • Hamlin Hall Computer Lab- Computer #26 (available only for on-campus students)
  • Educational Resource Library (ERL) Pawley Hall- Room 350 (Computer #140)
Zoomtext 9.1-Enlargement
Zoomtext is screen magnification software program for students with low vision.
  • Kresge Library - Learning Commons North Wing
  • 103A North Foundation Hall, DSS Office
  • 113 North Foundation Hall, DSS Testing Room
  • 40 Oakland Center – Student Technology Center
  • Hamlin Hall Computer Lab- Computer #26 (available only for on-campus students)
Inspiration 9 - Writing Software 
Inspiration is visual mapping software that assists in the writing process with brainstorming, planning, organizing, conceptualizing etc. 
  • 113 North Foundation Hall, DSS Testing Room
  • 103A North Foundation Hall, DSS Office
  • 40 Oakland Center, Student Technology Center
  • Kresge Library – Writing Center
  • Hamlin Hall Computer Lab- Computer #26 (available only for on-campus students)

CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) and Duxbury & Joliet Braille Printer
CCTV is an electronic magnification system that provides a clear, high-contrast image of printed material on a monitor; it enables individuals to read or write in a manner that best accommodates their individual visual needs. 
  • Kresge Library Room 227
Free Software
Auxiliary
Aids
The following auxiliary aids are available for student use:
  • Joliet Braille Printer with Duxbury software provides embossed printed materials.
  • Language Master: This device checks and corrects spelling. It can read or spell words aloud as well as give definitions and synonyms for words.
  • Orbit/Mouse: Less hand, wrist and arm movement with comfort and control. 
  • Phonic Ear is an assistive listening device that uses transmitters and microphones (worn by the presenter); a student uses the receiver, and headset or neck loop, with hearing aids; volume can be controlled. 
  • Sorenson Ntouch Video Phone for the Deaf. Communication via video relay on a PC using a specific phone number.
  • Telecommunication Device for the Deaf: Communication via phone with a person who is deaf. (TTY)