For maps detailing the accessible routes around campus and entrances to campus buildings click here
College Transition Information for Students, Parents, and Faculty
SMU Learn Differently was a joint effort formed by current DASS staff, students, faculty, and SMU public relations staff. Check out the website at http://smu.edu/smunews/learndifferently/
Mental Health Counseling/Therapy
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
provides SMU students with individual personal counseling and psychiatric services including medication management. CAPS is located in the Memorial Health Center.
Institutional Access and Equity.
ADA compliance issues and questions regarding discrimination and equitable practices for the University
Technology On Campus
Dragon Naturally Speaking -- speech-to-text, write papers by dictating or saying out loud what you want to write (available for use in Fondren Library). Here is a SMU student testimonial for Dragon -- "This program is by far the best program for someone with Dyslexia. There is nothing better you can get!!! And if you are not dyslexic, it is a great program still; it will allow you to write faster than you ever could type."
Inspiration - brainstorming program that allows you to create papers in a concept map format first, then turn it directly into outline form, in order to write full paragraphs. Also can use it to outline book chapters or notes. (available for use in the L.E.C.)
Read and Write Gold -- an advanced spell-check, text reader, and homophone checker (available for use in the L.E.C.)
Style Writer -- advanced grammar checker (available for use in the L.E.C.)
Kurzweil 3000 -- a program that reads text aloud (after scanning book pages or using electronic media) and allows the reader to highlight sections to transform into an outline for printing. The program also allows the user to write papers and it reads the writing out loud along with the spell check options. Finally the program gives the user the option of creating mp3s of scanned books or electronic media for use in portable music devices or computers. (available for use at the L.E.C. as well as Bridwell, Hamon, and Fondren Libraries). Video overview -- www.kurzweiledu.com/v11overviewvideos.aspx
RFB&D (Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) -- audio formatted books, some now available for download from the internet to be played on computer or portable music device. Others that you may order from RFB&D require one of their players. Speak to a DASS staff member for details on membership.
Livescribe Pulse Pen -- records lectures while you write notes in a special notebook. The notes and recording are synced through the special notebook paper so that you do not have to listen to the entire lecture, but instead just the place in your notes you want to listen to. It is great for classes where computerized note taking is difficult due to formulas, graphs, or drawings. The pen also syncs notes and recordings to your computer. The L.E.C. has a pen for demonstration purposes. The pen is available for purchase at the Computer Corner. Check www.livescribe.com
for a video demonstration.