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Information for Students
Role of the Reader
Readers are available to provide academic support services to students with disabilities so that course material is fully accessible to them. Duties may include in-person reading, taping, test proctoring, and/or assisting students with required library research. Classroom assistance must be approved by the Director. Reading for personal study is not provided by the office.
Requesting Reading Services
To request reading services, students must contact the Executive Coordinator, who will contact Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) regarding the availability of textbooks. A minimum of two weeks notification is required to get materials from RFB&D or to have DSS locate readers for coursework. DSS can also scan print materials for use with the Kurzweil 3000 text-to-speech software.
DSS employs readers to record materials not available from RFB&D. Students are asked to furnish the Executive Coordinator with their course syllabi. Any additional reading assignments--such as pre-reading course material, extended reading for incompletes, and thesis preparation--must be approved in advance. Be mindful that readers are themselves students and need sufficient notice to accommodate requests.
Communicating with Readers
Students may want to communicate directly with the reader(s) about assignments. DSS can be used as a drop-off/ pick-up point for materials and tapes.
Assistive Technology Lab
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Information for Readers
The Office employs readers to provide academic support services to students with disabilities so that course material is fully accessible to them. Duties may include in-person reading, taping, test administration, or assisting students with required library research. Classroom assistance must be approved by the Executive Coordinator. Reading for personal study is not provided by this office.
Information of a confidential nature may come to the student employee's attention in the course of their regular duties. An employee is expected to be discreet and confidential about disabled students' academic, professional, and personal lives and about the nature of their disabilities. It is expected that no attempt will be made to learn information beyond what is necessary to assist
disabled students, and that there will be no discussion of such information beyond the immediate office staff.
Readers are temporary wage account employees of Disability Support Services. Readers are expected to work throughout the semester including the final exam period. A reader is required to give two weeks resignation notice in writing. Continued employment is subject to adequate job performance.
Readers receive hourly compensation for exact time worked. GW does not reimburse for travel or parking. Readers are eligible for rate increases after reading for Disability Support Services for one academic year. Payment is rendered every two weeks. Time sheets are due to Marvin Center 242 no later than 5 p.m. on Friday of Week II. Failure to submit hours by that deadline will result in a two week delay. Checks can be picked up on Fridays after 1 p.m. Direct deposit is also available.
It is the reader's responsibility to notify the Executive Coordinator and the student with as much advance notice as possible should it become necessary to cancel a reading assignment to allow time to find a substitute reader.