Definitions

Alternative Media: Print material that has been converted to a format that enables a print impaired person to read the materials. This includes but is not limited to Braille, electronic text, enlarged print.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Civil rights legislation from 1990 which ensures all Americans have the same access to mainstream American life, regardless of physical or psychological conditions. 

Auxiliary aids: Services, equipment, and procedures that allow students with disabilities to access learning and materials. These aids include sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, adaptive technology, alternative media, exam accommodations, etc. 

Disability: A physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working. 

Exam Accommodations: Modifications to exam format, length or location that allow students with disabilities to accurately reflect their knowledge. These modifications include extra time, a room alone, larger print exams, a reader, a scribe, a spell checker, a computer, etc. 

Screen Reader / Text-to-speech: Assistive technologies that use software to deliver computer content that might otherwise be viewed or read in formats such as audio text or Braille.

Section 504: A civil rights law form 1973 that prohibits discrimination based on disability. This is the legislation that George Fox University operates under.

Universal Design: A method of designing courses in a way that is accessible to all students without modification.