DRS Services

  • As your partner in equal access, DRS works with you to maximize your experience at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Staff persons can assist you with a variety of disability management issues. The following services are available without charge.

    Individualized Disability Support Service

    Students with documented disabilities may schedule weekly one-on-one meetings to identify potential barriers to success and to learn new strategies to reach academic goals.

    General topics include:

    • Executive Functioning Skills
    • Test Analysis
    • Note taking
    • Active Reading
    • Utilizing Accommodations
    • Disability Counseling
    • Self-Advocacy.


    Sign language interpreters and real time captioning services can be requested for classes and University-related events. Assisted listening devices are also available for loan. Requests for service should be directed to the DRS Coordinator.

    Notification of Accommodations

    DRS prepares individualized letters to instructors, verifying the existence of a disability and listing recommended accommodations. The student is responsible for disclosing the existence of a disability and subsequently discussing the requested accommodations with each relevant instructor.

    Test Proctoring Service

    DRS proctors exams for students whose accommodation(s) prevent standard classroom administration. Accommodations may include extended time, limited auditory and visual distractions, tests recorded onto digital recorder, scribes and/or the use of assistive technology. Typical practice is extending the standard examination time by 50%. Students with more severe or multiple disabilities may be granted additional time as determined by a student's documentation and the recommendation of the DRS Coordinator.

    Alternative Format Documents

    Disability Resources and Services assists students with visual or learning disabilities by acquiring or converting print materials to a variety of alternate formats. These formats include:

    • Publisher provided e-Text
    • DRS scanned e-Text
    • DAISY
    • Large print
    • Braille

    Several of these formats require the use of specialized hardware or software to access the materials. On a case-by-case basis, students may arrange a loan from DRS for appropriate assistive technology until they are able to secure their own equipment.

    Requesting Materials in Alternative Format

    Each term students must meet with the Alternative Format Coordinator to discuss their needs and to complete Alternative Format Information Forms. Students should come to this meeting with a course syllabus and the following information for each text to be converted:

    • Text Title
    • Author/Editor
    • Publisher
    • Edition or Publication Date

    DRS will provide alternative format services for required readings first, then supplementary readings. See the Policy and Procedures for Alternative Format for further information and guidelines.

    Assistive Technology

    Adaptive Software Collection
    1. Zoomtext:Screen enlargement software
    2. OpenBook: Scanning, conversion to e-text and reading with synthetic speech
    3. Dragon Naturally Speaking:Voice recognition program, converting speech to electronic text

    Adaptive Equipment Collection

    1. Aladdin Rainbow Pro:Video Magnifier (CCTV), enlarges color images of print materials
    2. FM Systems, Model 350:Wireless personal listening systems
    3. Victor Classic Reading Machines:Digital playback devices for DAISY formatted books on CD, from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic.
    4. Smart Pens – digital audio recorder that synchronizes notes and audio

    Requests for Housing Accommodations Policy and Procedures

    Disability Resources and Services (DRS) recognize that there are a limited number of conditions that may require specific adjustments or accommodations while in a University of Pittsburgh at Bradford housing facility. Reasonable housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis by Disability Resources and Services, the Housing Department and appropriate medical/psychological specialists if needed. Requests for reasonable housing accommodations are considered only when an individual submits a completed  Housing Accommodation Request Form.