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Accommodations and Auxiliary Aids - SARC

Accommodations and Auxiliary Aids

The Student Accessibility Resource Center is pleased to offer numerous services to our registered students. Below is an alphabetical listing of our most common services. Please contact us if you are interested in a service that is not listed or you are interested in more information about the described services.

  • Advocacy
  •  Assistive Technology
  •  Books to CD
  •  Captioning
  •  Sign Language Interpreting
  •  Note Taking
  •  Priority Registration
  •  Test Accommodations
  •  Video Phone



SARC encourages students to try and resolve any disability-related access problems directly with their instructor. We are here to help guide students through the communication between themselves and an instructor should an issue arise. 

Assistive Technology

SARC offers a variety of software and technological devices to enhance your learning experience at WKU. These include but are not limited to JAWS, Read Write Gold, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Talking Calculators, Intellikeys Adaptive Keyboard, Orbit Trackball Mouse, and Zoom Text Screen Magnifier.

Books to CD

Students can bring in textbooks and their receipts, and SARC will work to provide you with a digital format. SARC will provide the digital copies of books on a CD but students are welcome to bring a USB and we will gladly put in on the USB, also. The materials can then be used in conjunction with programs such as Read Write Gold or other screen reading software. Students would need to bring in their textbooks before the beginning of each semester to ensure a timely return of those books. SARC may have to provide some of your basic information to third-party providers in order to retrieve a digital format of the material or textbook.


Captioning makes audio and audiovisual material accessible and provides a critical link to communication, information, education, news, and entertainment. Captioning is the process of converting the audio content of a film, broadcast, video, webcast, sound bite, live event, or other productions into text and displaying the text on a screen, monitor, or other visual display system.  

Course Substitution

A student who has registered with Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) and submitted appropriate documentation of a disability that may impact performance in a specific discipline may request an exception to a degree requirement (major, minor or general education course). Exceptions based upon disabilities may be made by substituting a course for the requirement; however, the requirement shall not be waived based upon the disability. The appeal will be reviewed and resolved by the Student Accessibility Resource Center Academic Appeals Committee. Refer to the Student Academic Appeals Policy for Course Substitution for more information.

Note Taking

If a student has qualified to receive a notetaker, that student is responsible for securing a notetaker within each class. If a student cannot find a notetaker, they should reach out to their instructor to have an announcement made asking for a volunteer. If no one volunteers, the instructor may suggest possible student(s) to ask. If a notetaker can still not be found, the student should contact SARC for additional assistance.

SARC registered students who have a Notetaking accommodation on file may request a Notetaker. The student is responsible for working in partnership with Potential Classmates, Course Instructors and the SARC to secure a Notetaker. (Follow this link to request a Notetaker).

Priority Registration

Students may qualify for early access to the TopNet course registration system for the purposes of creating class schedules. Priority registration is designed to assist students with disability-related needs in securing the necessary accommodations for equal access to academic courses and to provide SARC staff time to arrange assistive technology, captioning, interpreting, note-taking, or other academic adaptations. Eligibility to receive priority registration is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students are required to submit the appropriate documentation that priority registration is a justifiable accommodation to ensure equal access.

Sign Language Interpreting

Students who use American Sign Language as their primary language may request a Sign Language Interpreter for academic and campus related events.  The interpreter will facilitate communication between deaf student, instructors, peers and/or participants. Interpreters are certified by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). For more information, please contact

Test Accommodations

Testing accommodations, such as extended time, quiet room, and use of the computer assisted technology lab, are provided for all registered students. SARC has strict guidelines that need to be followed in order to schedule exam accommodations. Click here to access the Testing Guidelines and Forms.

Video Phone

WKU has several video phones established across campus (Helm Library, SARC office, ASL lab in Tate Page, and Mass Media Technology). Most of these are open to the public. If you will be living on campus, you can request a video phone to be set up free of charge in your room. Please contact our office to begin this process.

Voter Registration

Student Accessibility Resource Center is a voter registration site. Voter Registration information and forms are available for persons with disabilities in SARC, Downing Student Union, Room 1074.  Individuals with disabilities can receive assistance and accommodation to facilitate with the completion and transmittal of voter registration. Please contact SARC if you need assistance or accommodation to register to vote.

Visit for voter registration in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Visit to register to vote with the National Mail Voter Registration. The EAC also provides further information about voting such voter accessibility resources, voter guides and tips published in multiple languages, and a directory of representatives in each state responsible for voter registration. 

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 Last Modified 3/16/17