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Transfer of Audio Files using Sonocent and Google Drive

After recording lecture content on a mobile device, you can transfer it to a traditional computer to work with it using Google Drive as an intermediary. This may be necessary to do while using computers that are on campus.

Fall 2018 Assistive Technology Training Dates

WVU Office of Accessibility trainings on assistive technology will consist of  1-2 hour long sessions focusing on Kurzweil 3000 and/or Sonocent. Students must sign up for these training opportunities on their SAMM account.

Summer 2018 Training Opportunities

WVU Office of Accessibility trainings on assistive technology will consist of  1-2 hour long sessions focusing on Kurzweil 3000 and/or Sonocent. Students must sign up for these training opportunities on their SAMM account.

Spring 2018 Training Dates for Kurzweil & Sonocent

WVU Office of Accessibility trainings  will consist of a 2-hour long sessions.  The first hour will focus on Sonocent Audio Note taker. The second hour will cover Kurzweil 3000 and Fire Fly. Students are welcome to attend both sessions or just one.

Potomac State Campus Location: Mary F. Shipper Room 201

Our Office has Moved!

To better serve students, the Office of Accessibility Services has moved to the lower level of Stewart Hall. The staff assists students with temporary and permanent disabilities at all campuses. In addition to new space, the office has re-organized to provide greater clarity and support to students with disabilities in authorizing reasonable accommodations as well as assisting the faculty by answering questions or concerns in relation to academic accommodations. For questions about accommodations or help assisting a student who is having difficulty in class please contact the office at 304.293.6700 or at access2@mail.wvu.edu.  

A Memo from the Director of the Office of Accessibility Services

The Office of Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) has reorganized to provide greater clarity and support to students and faculty in providing reasonable accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require institutions of higher education to provide architectural and programmatic access to persons with disabilities. We are committed to working with everyone to answer questions and concerns in relation to students with disabilities and their academic success here at WVU.

First, in an effort to make our processes clearer, our website serves as the first point of reference.

Defining Disability

This semester, we have talked about images, portrayals, and stigmas of individuals with disabilities in the media. However, what are disabilities? Let’s take a look at how disabilities are currently defined and protected.

Definitions of disability and beauty have changed over time; “concepts of beauty and comeliness were different when physical injury, smallpox marks, and other scarring were more common” (Disability and History). The Americans with Disabilities Act was originally written in 1990, and originally required business, buildings, transportation, public transportation, and other services to accommodate the disabled. Currently, the ADA defines a person with a disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes individuals who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability” (What is the definition of Disability under the ADA?).

OAS Scholarship Applications are Open

The Office of Accessibility Services has several scholarships available to their students. The scholarships that are available for the Fall 2017- Spring 2018 academic year are officially accepting applications. Please visit the OAS Scholarships Page to view what applications you may be eligible for and apply. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 7 at 5pm.