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Services for Students with Visual Impairments

To inquire and/or access these services, contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (517) 483-1924 (Voice).

The following accommodations are available for blind and visually impaired students at Lansing Community College:

Instructional materials and college-related information may be provided in a variety of accessible formats for blind and visually impaired students. These include Braille, electronic (computer disk or Email), and large print.

  • Braille is available in Grade 1 or Grade 2, and can be embossed on one or two-sided paper.

  • All requests for Braille textbooks are produced by contracted service agencies throughout the state of Michigan.  it will take a minimum of 10 weeks to begin receiving chapters of a Braille textbook, so please plan for this accommodation.

  • Some examples of materials, which may be provided in alternative formats include, course outlines or syllabi, classroom handouts/assignments or notes, textbooks and college orientation information. Most classroom materials can be adapted within 24 hours depending on length and type of print/formatting.

JAWS (Job Access with Speech), is a software program that reads the text on a computer screen, and provides synthesized speech output for blind/visually impaired computer users. It also allows the user to perform functions, such as pointing and clicking, which are ordinarily done using the mouse, via keyboard commands. JAWS is installed in Library rooms TLC 218, TLC 225, TLC226, TLC 227, TLC 228, TLC, 229, the main computer laboratory room TLC 100 and Assessment Center GB 200 .  JAWS can also be installed at other on-campus classroom/laboratory sites upon request.


Zoomtext is a computer software application that enlarges all information that appears on the computer screen. This includes text, graphics, navigation buttons, cursor and mouse pointer. Zoomtext will also allow the user to control contrast, and can provide supplemental synthetic speech output. Zoomtext is installed in TLC Library in rooms TLC 225 and TLC 226. Zoomtext may also be installed at other on-campus classroom/laboratory sites upon request.


The Duxbury Braille Translator is a software application that allows a print text document to be converted to Braille, and embossed. The Index Braille embosser works in conjunction with Duxbury to provide a hard copy Braille document. The Braille embosser may also be accessed via a Braille note taker such as the Braille 'n Speak, (not available from ODSS). The Duxbury Braille Translator and the Index Braille embosser is located in TLC Library rooms 225.

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The Kurzweil is a software program that will scan typewritten texts such as textbooks or class handouts, and read the material aloud in a synthesized voice via the computer. Students can listen to the voice output or save scanned text to computer disk. The Kurzweil is located in the TLC Library rooms 225 and 226..


The Aladdin is a closed circuit television magnification system that allows text and images to be enlarged and adjusted. Printed material can be placed under the camera, mounted in the bottom of the unit, and displayed on the attached television screen. The user may adjust the size and contrast of the displayed image. The Aladdin is located in room 223 in the TLC library, and in the Assessment Center, room 200 GB. The Aladdin may also be installed at other on-campus classroom/laboratory sites upon request.


Enlargement of hard copy printed materials may be requested through ODSS. 

All textbook and handout enlargements will be made to a size of 20-point font, or to 150% of the original size. The process of enlarging a textbook will take two weeks, so students should allow for this as they are preparing for each semester.  Students are required to provide their own copy of the textbook that will be used to make the enlargements.  The original binding of the textbook will be removed so that the textbook pages can be fed through a high-volume copier.  The textbook's binding will be replaced at the completion of the enlargement, however, due to this alteration, most bookstores will not buy back these textbooks.  Textbook enlargements will be created on paper that is 11"x17", and will be spiral-bound.  Questions or concerns with this process should be addressed with the LCC Visual Impairment Specialist.

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One-on-one training in the use of any of these adaptive technologies is available by appointment. Contact ODSS for more information or to schedule an appointment.


The Office of Disability Support Services does not provide personal note takers for students. Students are expected to work cooperatively with the classroom instructor to locate a volunteer note taker within their class. Students may obtain carbonless paper for this purpose from the Office of Disability Support Services. Students are encouraged to follow these steps when note taking assistance is necessary:

  1. Inform instructor(s) that you will need assistance finding a volunteer note taker.

  2. Obtain note-taking paper from ODSS staff.

  3. Provide the note taker with enough paper for one or two classes at a time.

  4. Obtain completed notes at the end of class or other mutually agreed upon time(s).

  5. Return unused paper at the end of the semester.


Live readers are available to read tests,  and other class-related material. Many of these materials may also be done as eText. For more information or to schedule a reader, contact Fred Wurtzl Reader Services Coordinator at 483-5263.

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Office of Disability Support Services at Lansing Community College

Disability Support Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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