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Other Accommodations

Here are some other accommodations that are available to qualified UWF students.

Assistive Technology

The need for assistive technology is to lessen or remove barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Student Accessibility Resources has the equipment to check out or to provide demonstrations for students who are registered with our office and have been approved for this accommodation.

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. IDEA 2004

Below is a list of Assistive Technology available for checkout or demonstration in Student Accessibility Resources. Follow the links to visit the vendors' websites.

Assistive Technology
Zoom to Text

Using Zoom-Text, individuals with visual impairments are able to adjust the magnification of their computer screen to view any computer program, even the Internet. Zoom-Text also acts as a screen reader with text-to-speech technology, can adjust font intensity and screen color contrast, and features different types of visible pointers and cursors.

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text-to-speech learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students. This tool is available to students enrolled at the University of West Florida by logging into MyUWF and searching Kurzweil in the search bar.
Microsoft Immersive Reader
The Microsoft Immersive Reader is now available in Canvas.
  • Enhances the reading experience
  • Improves accessibility
  • Provides tools for functionality
LiveScribe Smartpen
The Livescribe Smartpen is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. As the note-taker writes, the pen records the audio of the meeting and synchronizes the writing and sound.
  • Capture everything you write, draw, speak, or hear
  • Find the information you captured in seconds
  • Share your notes, drawings, or recorded audio with anyone
  • The power of a computer in a pen
C-Pen Reader Pen
The C-Pen Reader is a portable scanning pen that reads printed text aloud.
  • Scan and save the text in local files
  • Record voice memos
  • Find definitions or translations for different words using the multiple dictionaries downloaded onto the pen
Alternative Format The Alternative Format accommodation is provided to students who are registered with SAR and have been approved for this accommodation.

Other reasonable accommodations available to qualified students may include the following.

Other Accommodations
Readers Readers are available to assist with reading exams.
Enlarged text

Exams and class materials can be enlarged to accommodate specific vision impairments.

Preferential seating Preferential seating is available for qualified students with hearing impairment or psychological disorders.
Reduced course load Students could take a reduced course load (not less than nine 9 hours) while maintaining full-time status.

For additional information about specific accommodations, equipment checkout or demonstration, please contact the SAR at 850.474.2387.

To request this page or any information referenced on the page in an alternative format, please email

Reduced Course Load

This page contains all the information you need in order to submit a request for a Reduced Course Load to the Student Accessibility Resources.

Students with documented disabilities are eligible to request special status, which, if approved, would allow them to take a reduced course load of not less than nine (9) hours while maintaining full-time status, so long as the reduced course load does not affect the academic integrity of the program in which the student is enrolled. The University Financial Aid Office is responsible for determining the amount and type of financial aid received. The student must contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss how this accommodation might affect their financial aid status. It is recommended that students meet with a financial aid officer prior to withdrawing from any courses.

Approval of a reduced course load is not a permanent status but must be requested and reevaluated each semester to determine the impact of the student's disability in relation to the demands of his/her course schedule. Reasonable accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Students approved for reduced course load are entitled to all University services and privileges offered to full-time students so long as the accommodation does not fundamentally alter the program/service.

If the student drops below the approved number of hours for a reduced course load, the full-time status will no longer be in effect.

Students approved for reduced course load are held to the same academic requirements and standards for satisfactory academic progress as applied to other students. If approved for this accommodation, the student is responsible for informing other departments/agencies of the approved accommodation, and students must request in writing to SAR to release information to third parties.


To request this page or any information referenced on the page in an alternative format, please email