Student Accessibility Resources


Here you will find a number of informative links, guided directions, and helpful documentation for all things disabilities, learning differences, accessibility, and assistive technology!

Testing Center Documentation

At the beginning of each Semester, students testing with accommodations are required to submit their Letter of Accommodation to their professors and the Testing Coordinator. The Testing Center Guidelines and Testing Center Rules must also be signed and submitted to the Testing Coordinator (see below).

Disability Resources

ADHD

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
    • ADDA is a worldwide inclusive community of supportive ADHD adults who make it possible to thrive with ADHD in today’s world.
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
    • CHADD is a professional organization providing resources and support for both children and adults with ADHD.
  • College Students with ADHD
    • A short article with tips for current or prospective college students who have ADHD.
  • LD Online
    • LD Online is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. You will find guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • National Institute of Mental Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • An in-depth overview of ASD provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.
  • Autism Speaks: What is Autism?
    • Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, by increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
  • Autism Speaks: What is Asperger Syndrome?
    • An in-depth overview of Asperger Syndrome provided by Autism Speaks.
  • Autism Society
    • The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years by providing advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through their strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Cerebral Palsy

  • Cerebral Palsy Guide
    • Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national support organization dedicated to educating individuals and families about cerebral palsy. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH)

  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
    • The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
    • ASHA provides news, information, and resources to those with hearing, speech, or language related disabilities during all stages of life, whether high school, college, or after graduation.
  • National Deaf Center (NDC)
    • The NDC’s mission is to close the substantial gaps in education and employment that exist for deaf people in the United States.

Learning Differences (LD)

  • Dyslexia and Related Disorders
    • An informative overview of dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other similar learning differences.
  • Guide to Online College with a Learning Disability
    • This guide provides critical information for students with learning disabilities who want to enroll in online courses. It provides important information such as securing and using learning disability accommodations, locating assistive technologies, and navigating online course sites.
  • LD Online
    • LD Online is the leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. You will find guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
  • LD Resources
    • News, Inspiration and Resources for the learning disabilities community. Bridging the gap between Learning and Mental Health
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
    • LDA creates opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities through support, education, and advocacy. 
  • Understood
    • Understood focuses on empowering people who learn and think differently and those who support them, offering customized, accessible resources and a compassionate community.

Mental Health

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
    • ADAA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research.
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • NAMI is a community for providing awareness, education and support for anyone affected by mental illness.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    • A hub of information for many mental health related topics, such as: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, Eating Disorders, Scizophrenia, Substance abuse, and more.

Mobility

Speech

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
    • ASHA provides news, information, and resources to those with hearing, speech, or language related disabilities during all stages of life, whether high school, college, or after graduation.

Visual

  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
    • Through their network of blind members, the NFB coordinates many programs, services, and resources to defend the rights of blind Americans, provide information and support to blind children and adults, and build a community that creates a future full of opportunities.
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
    • The AFB aims to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. They mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.
Financial Resources

Financial Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • The list contains over 120 scholarships, grants, and nonprofit resources including assistive technologies and tools to use for studying.

Discounts for People with Disabilities

  • This comprehensive list contains over 100 discounts for people living with disabilities including electronics, wellness, and entertainment.

Money Management for Students with Disabilities

  • The guide contains nearly 140 resources on financial literacy, saving money, and budgeting, specifically for disabled students.

The University of Washington's DO-IT Center: Scholarship Opportunities

  • Find information about scholarships for people with disabilities, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility.
Job/Employment Resources
Mindfulness and Meditation Resources

Mindfulness and meditation can have a positive impact on both our mental and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation from these links.

Here are some apps to help you learn and practice meditation in your daily life. These links go to websites with information about the app, but to download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play Store on your phone or tablet and search for it.

Technology Guides

The following guides were created for technologies regularly used or readily available to the GMercyU Community. A GMercyU email address is required to access them.

Microsoft Office

Video Conferencing, Recording, and Streaming

Accessibility Technology

Web Browsers and Extensions

Apps (Web and Mobile)

Devices/Operating Systems

  • Coming soon

General

Technology Resources
  • Blackboard Ally File Transformer
    • File Transformer allows you to upload a course file and download it in an alternative format. This way, you can personalize your learning experience to better fit your needs, devices, and learning preferences. After uploading your file, pick an alternative format that best suits your current task or situation. You can pick and mix formats too.
  • Glean
    • Glean is an audio-notetaking program designed to allow students to take notes without falling behind or disengaging from class. It can help create greater independence and confidence in the notetaking process. (If you have a notetaking accommodation, please reach out to the Director of Accessibility Services if you are interested in trying Glean.)
  • Learning Ally
    • Learning Ally gives you the tools, including a modern version of books on tape, online resources and the support you need as you navigate your college journey and prepare for your future career.
Other Information and Resources

Contact Us

Please contact Brandi Crawford, Director of Accessibility Services, at crawford.b@gmercyu.edu with any accessibility questions or contact Erik Azzarano, Testing Coordinator, at azzarano.e@gmercyu.edu with any questions about any other accessibility resources.