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The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources at Saint Louis University supports students along their pathway to success and achievement.

ADHD/ADD Academic Coaching

If you have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, SLU has dedicated resources designed to help you succeed. Our ADHD/ADD coach can help you:

  • Identify campus resources to prepare you for success at SLU
  • Develop the personal skills to better organize your time and complete tasks
  • Improve executive functioning skills, such as planning, organizing, and balancing your time management

For more information about our ADHD/ADD academic coaching, please contact the ADHD/ADD coach at adhdcoaching@slu.edu or 314-977-3484.

Sensory Room

The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources provides a sensory room for registered students with disabilities or diagnoses to use for sensory and/or coping needs. Students will work with an occupational therapy graduate student to go through an assessment prior to using the sensory room.

Please email cadrsensoryroom@gmail.com if you are interested in using the sensory room or have a general inquiry.

Diagnostic Testing and Assessment

The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources serves as a point of reference for students seeking support. If you are a student who believes that you might have an undiagnosed disability or diagnosis, we can assist you in finding services for diagnostic testing and assessment.

There are a few locations throughout the Saint Louis community that test for different cognitive/psychological/neurodevelopmental disabilities, but the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources typically encourages students to first begin with Psychological Services on SLU's campus. This resource is on campus and provides a discount to enrolled SLU students. There are costs associated with testing, but those costs can vary.

Psychological Services at Saint Louis University

Other St. Louis Area Testing and Assessment Locations 

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Medical Center
314-977-5667
Visit SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Medical Center

University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Community Psychological Services
314-516-5824
Visit University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Community Psychological Services

Washington University Psychological Services Center
314-935-6555
Visit Washington University Psychological Services Center

Employment-Transition Resources

SLU offers resources for students with disabilities seeking employment opportunities during and after college.

  • Career Services has specialists available to answer questions about job searching, learning about accommodations within specific career fields, and navigating the work force with your disability.
  • The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources works closely with the Starkloff Disability Institute. Starkloff helps students with disabilities transition into their professional capacities after college and prepare their professional skills to enhance their careers.
  • The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.
  • The Workforce Recruitment Program connects federal and private-sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. For more information on this program, interested students should contact SLU’s career services at career_services@slu.edu.

Assistive Technology Resources

Alternate Format Course Materials

Use of alternate format course materials is an academic accommodation available to students who need printed materials, including textbooks, in alternative formats. Alternate format course materials typically include the following file types: DOC, EPUB, PDF, RTX, TXT or XML. Exact availability depends on the material and the publisher of the material.

Students should be aware that it may take time for a request to be completed. Students may be required to surrender the textbook to create an alternate format text.

Prior to requesting texts in an alternative format, please review the following steps:

  1. Determine eligibility for AFCM accommodation through meeting with a staff member in the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources.
  2. Complete the Alternate Format Course Materials Request Form.
  3. Submit the form to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources with proof of purchases/receipts to accessibility_disability@slu.edu.
  4. Inform the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources staff of any course changes. This should be done each semester.
  5. Receive email indicating that alternate format materials are ready.

Because it can take two-three weeks to receive texts in an alternative format from book publishers, students are asked to submit their request forms at least four weeks prior to the start of the academic semester to avoid delays.

Adaptive Technology: Recommended Text to Speech Programs

Apple Accessibility Software

Apple has several accessibility features already built into products such as the iPhone, iPad or Mac. Included in these accessibility software options is a industry-leading screen reader, VoiceOver, which can provide entire screen descriptions. In addition to VoiceOver, Spoken Content and Speak Selection are also included in accessibility software through Apple products. VoiceOver allows individuals to hear the entire content on the screen read aloud. Using Speak Selection, individuals can select separate range of texts to be read aloud, in which the user can also control the pace of the speech with Speech Controller. 

Balabolka

Balabolka is a text-to-speech program that uses the computer voices already installed on your Windows system. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file.

Central Access Reader

Central Access Reader is a free, open source, text-to-speech application designed specifically for students with print-related disabilities. CAR reads Word docs and pasted text using the voices installed on your computer. Available for Windows and Mac.

Kurzweil

Kurzweil 3000's digital literacy suite integrates several text and audio-based accommodations. Customizable reading, writing, study and test-taking tools are easily accessible from the program's floating toolbars. The stand-alone version does not require a subscription and access to program features will not expire.

NaturalReader

NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. It can convert any written text in digital formats (Microsoft Word, web pages, PDF files and emails) into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your iPod or smartphone.

NVDA

NVDA is a free, downloadable text-to-speech program for individuals who use a Windows operating system. This program utilizes a built-in speech synthesizer, supports over 50 languages, recognizes textual formatting (font name and size, style, and spelling errors), and can be controlled as simply as using a mouse to initiate text-to-speech needs. This program can support text-to-speech requirements in popular applications such as Google Chrome (and other popular web browsers), email portals, PDFs, and office programs such as Microsoft Word. 

YUZU, through the SLU Bookstore

Many textbooks are now available digitally through the SLU Bookstore's e-reader, YUZU. You can purchase e-books directly from the site and get an access code emailed to you instantly that will allow you to download and read your book. YUZU has a web app and an iPad app.

Braille Embosser

The Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources has a braille embosser to create documents and other necessities for students who are visually impaired or blind that use braille as a means of learning and communicating. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources to set up an appointment to use the braille embosser.

Lending Materials

Saint Louis University provides assistive technology and equipment to students registered with the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources. Assistive technology includes items such as FM systems, WritingBird, talking calculators, smart pens, lecture microphones and lecture recording devices. Students borrowing equipment from our office will be asked to sign an equipment loan agreement form that outlines roles and responsibilities. This form will be kept on file throughout the duration of the equipment loan.

Download Loan Agreement Form (PDF)

Obtaining Medical Equipment

Medical equipment (e.g. wheelchair, scooter, and/or crutches) is available for use on SLU’s campus through several resources, including:

  • The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
    DuBourg Hall, Room 36
    314-977-3838

Several manual wheelchairs available for loan to students at any time.

  • MEDI Equipment
    5845 S. Lindbergh, St Louis, MO
    314-892-7000
  • Missouri Medical Supply
    8523 Olive, St. Louis, MO
    314-925-0528
  • Health Care Mobility
    9030 Gravois, St. Louis, MO
    314-544-2211

Prices for equipment loans may vary. Details will be discussed during your intake appointment. Additional questions can be directed to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources.

Required Accommodation Forms

Listed below are the accommodation forms for students to complete when utilizing accommodations. These forms are only required if a specific accommodation has been approved and implemented by a CADR staff member.