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Accessible Education Services

The accommodations listed below are intended to serve as examples of supports that may be offered to eligible students. During the registration process, an OAE representative will work with you to review the request and determine what may be necessary, as it relates to the condition. Please note that in some cases, while necessary for the condition, a requested accommodation may be considered unreasonable due to a fundamental alteration of specific course or program requirements, and an alternative may be offered.

For more information about our registration process and eligibility, please contact a member of our team or reference our handbook. 

Full ADA handbook

Learning & Study Aids

  • Closed Captioning
  • Transcription
  • Interpreting
  • Alternative formatting for texts
  • Note-taking assistance
  • Preferential seating
  • Library Technical Services
  • Priority registration for courses

Testing Support

  • Extended time for tests and quizzes
  • Distraction-reduced environments
  • Private testing spaces
  • Assistance with the transfer of answers to scantrons
  • Transcription support
  • Computer-based testing

Assistive Technology

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Sonocent brings note-taking support into the 21st century. Available for Windows, Mac, and now some smartphones, licensed users can capture full recordings of classes and meetings and then customize the audio to meet individual learning styles.

Kurzweil 3000+firefly

Experience a learning software that offers a universal library and converts a multitude of documents into audio to be read aloud by the program. This software offers many supplementary study options including audio, visual, translation, and text-based study tools. K3000+firefly can be accessed through desktop download on your personal computer, online anywhere with internet access, or on the app for iPad. Free individual accounts are available to any Loyola student, faculty, or staff member. 

To request your free account, please email with your name and CWID.


Bookshare® is an ebook library that makes reading easier. Students with reading barriers can customize their experience and read in ways that work for them.


Pearson Publishing has a process for students to access alternate format text without making a request through the Office for Accessible Education. Students may purchase some e-texts directly from VitalSource

BlackBoard Ally

As a student, you will now have access to a range of alternative formats for course materials offering more flexibility for your specific learning needs. Blackboard Ally helps institutions build a more inclusive learning environment and improve the student experience by helping them take clear control of online course content with usability, accessibility, and quality in mind. Blackboard Ally automatically runs all course files uploaded by the instructor through an accessibility checklist that looks for common issues. Each file is compared to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 standards. The instructor then receives the feedback along with step-by-step instructions on how to fix the identified accessibility issues, all within the context of the learning management system. 


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