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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 in an Alternative Text Format
  •  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 in an Alternative Text Format

Students can bring in textbooks and their receipts and SARC will work to provide a digital format. SARC will provide the digital copies of books on a CD. Students are welcome to bring a USB and we will gladly put in on the USB. The materials can then be used in conjunction with programs such as Read Write Gold or other screen reading software.

Students would need to request their materials 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. 

The Alternative Text Request form requires due diligence. You will need to read the instructions thoroughly and provide ALL the information you can about the materials you wish to have converted into an alternative text format. To complete the Alternative Text Request form, follow this link. 

If you have any complications completing this form, you can stop in our office and we will gladly assist you. You will need to bring you texts or the information for the text (including, ISBN, title, author, year or edition, and publisher) along with proof of purchase. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call 270-745-5004 during business hours or send an email to


Captioning sometimes referred to as “speech-to-text”, provides a critical link to communicating aural information as it is happening for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Streaming text is displayed live in real time on a laptop screen, I-pad or other visual system operated by a Captionist who is either in the room sitting next to the student or streaming remotely.

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

SARC registered students who have a note taking accommodation on file may utilize recording devices, note taker applications or request a classroom Note Taker. The student is responsible for working in partnership with Potential Classmates, Course Instructors and the SARC to secure a classroom Note Taker. Please email sarc.notetaking@wku with any questions about the note taker accommodation.

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

Sign Language Interpreting allows individuals who use Sign Language as their primary mode of communication to have access to what is being spoken in aural settings. The Interpreter facilitates communication between the deaf student, instructors, peers and/or participants. 

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 Relay & Captioned Phones

Captioned Telephones give access to individuals with varying degrees of hearing loss to communicate via a phone line.Captioned Amplified telephones provide enhanced sound quality via adjustable higher than average volume decibel levels and also offers Bluetooth compatibility for use with hearing aids.The display window captures and relays what is being communicated by the speaker on the other line in real time.

Video Phones give access for individuals whose primary mode of communication is sign language, to communicate via a phone line. Video Relay Interpreting allows individuals whose primary mode of communication is sign language to communicate via a phone line with a hearing person.

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. 

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
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Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 11/7/17