Returning Students

Follow the checklist below for essential items that you should ensure are in place when you begin your studies every term:

  • Complete the Returning Student Form found on the website. By completing this form you will be requesting that your Letter(s) of Accommodation are released for the term.
  • It is strongly recommended that you connect with your Accessibility Consultant early in each new term to update or make any changes needed to your accommodation plan.
  • Apply for OSAP and check off that you are a student with a disability.
  • Make the appropriate arrangements with the Adaptive Technology Technician to ensure all technology is in place before classes commence.
  • If you require textbooks in alternate format, complete the Textbook Request Form as soon as your books have been listed. Booklists can be found on the bookstore’s website. It is important you request your textbooks in alternate format as early as possible as there can be a delay in obtaining the alternate format version of the textbook from the publisher.
  • Consider introducing yourself to your professor(s) in person or over email during the first weeks of the term.

Check your NIPISSING EMAIL ACCOUNT frequently for important information from Student Accessibility Services.

Student Accessibility Services has many tools which students registered with us can access to accommodate barrier-free learning. Upon approval from your Accessibility Consultant, computers, smart pens, digital recorders, FM systems, and other technology is available for a short-term loan. Whether it is a loan or a BSWD equipment purchase, training with these tools and software programs is provided by the Adaptive Technology Technician. Student Accessibility Services also has in-office testing facilities, all of which have computers loaded with assistive software, as well as Adaptive Technology Rooms located in the Harris Learning Library.

The ATT also provides services for alternate format requests, including textbooks and tests.

Click this link to request your alternate format textbooks.

Click this link to request an Equipment Loan.

The following information is provided to help students understand their rights and responsibilities for accessing accommodations in an online testing environment. If you have any questions regarding the information provided below, please contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca 

Specific Accommodation 

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) with Monitor 

All other online assessments (including LockDown Browser without Monitor) 

Additional Time 

Faculty is responsible for providing additional time except for Final Exams using LockDown Browser, which is coordinated by SAS. 

Distraction-Reduced Environment 

It is your responsibility to find an appropriate space to write.  If this is not possible, contact your Accessibility Consultant to discuss possible options. 

Devices including fidgets, calculators, medical monitors… 

During the pre-test scan, you must show the object to the camera and state out loud that you will use it as per your accommodations.   If you need to use a medical device, please state it clearly out loud and show the camera. 

Accommodations as usual. 

Memory Aids/Cue Sheets 

Memory Aids MUST be pre-approved by the instructor as per the SAS policy

During the pre-test scan, you must show the approved memory aid to the camera and state out loud that you will use it as per your accommodations.    

Accommodations as usual. 

Noise Cancelling Headphones 

SAS recommends the use of earplugs instead of headphones. 

During the pre-test scan, you must show the earplugs to the camera and state out loud that that you will be using them as per your accommodations. 

There are no restrictions on the use of Noise Cancelling Headphones. 

White Noise/Background Music 

As headphones are NOT required, please make use of an external device for sound. 
 
During the pre-test scan, you must show the phone or device to the camera and state out loud that that you will be listening to music/noise as per your accommodations.  Then very clearly place this device away from the computer, preferably within the camera’s view.  PRESS PLAY.

Ensure you have no reason to go to the device.  TURN OFF ALL NOTIFICATIONS AND SOUNDS. 

Accommodations as usual.

Headphones are permitted.

Noise Cancelling Headphones with music, background noise or Adaptive Technology 

During the pre-test scan, you must show the headphones to the camera and state out loud that that you will be using them as per your accommodations. 

Accommodations as usual.

Headphones are permitted. 

Spell and Grammar Check 

Whereas Respondus LockDown Browser has a built-in spell check; there is no built-in grammar check.   

If you have any concerns, please contact your Accessibility Consultant. 

Whereas Respondus LockDown Browser has a built-in spell check; there is no built-in grammar check.   

If you have any concerns, please contact your Accessibility Consultant.

All other assessments:  Accommodations as usual. 

Text-To-Speech
(TTS) 

The only available TTS function in LockDown Browser is TextAid. 
 
To use TextAid please review the instructional video and required steps at least 5 days in advance.  This video is also within the course shell under the “Secure Testing Information”.  View it before your first TextAid attempt. 

BEFORE EACH assessment, click the TextAid Link above your testing link.

Contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca if you have questions or concerns.

The only available TTS function in LockDown Browser is TextAid. 
 
To use TextAid please review the instructional video and required steps at least 5 days in advance.  This video is also within the course shell under the “Secure Testing Information”.  View it before your first TextAid attempt.

BEFORE EACH assessment, click the TextAid Link above your testing link.

All other assessments:   Students may use the Text-To-Speech software of their choice other than TextAid, which is not available outside LDB.

Contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca if you have questions or concerns. 

Voice-To-Text 

Windows users: You need Dragon Naturally Speaking. Click here to see instructions specific to LDB and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Mac users: Use the built-in voice-to-text called Dictate. Check your Mac settings to see what buttons turn on Dictate.

During the pre-test scan, you must show the headphones to the camera and state out loud that you will be using them as per your accommodations.

Contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca if you have questions or concerns. 

Windows users: You need Dragon Naturally Speaking. Click here to see instructions specific to LDB and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Mac users: Use the built-in voice-to-text called Dictate. Check your Mac settings to see what buttons turn on Dictate.  

Contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca if you have questions or concerns.

All other assessments:  You may use your preferred Voice-to Text, Speech Recognition tool. 

Medical Accommodations and Medical Emergencies 

If you have a medical condition that requires you to access food, medicine, or a device or if you have to leave the testing space state the situation clearly to the camera and proceed.

When possible, it is recommended that you stay within the camera’s view. 

Accommodations as usual. 

Scribe/Reader/Interpreter 

If you require a Scribe/Reader or Interpreter contact sastesting@nipissingu.ca within 10 days of your assessment to give SAS time to make arrangements. 

Scrap Paper 

During the pre-test scan, state out loud that you will use scrap paper and show both sides of the BLANK pages to the camera.    

Accommodations as usual. 

Breaks and Washroom 

When using a rest, pain or washroom break, state out loud that you will be doing so as per your accommodations.

When possible, it is recommended that you stay within the camera’s view for rest and pain breaks. 

Accommodations as usual.