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Courses Offered

DSKL 811 DIFFERENTIAL LEARNING SKILLS ASSESSMENT (.5)

(Pass/No Pass)

A total of eight lecture hours: four scheduled class hours and four hours per student by arrangement, or eight hours by arrangement only.

Assessment to determine specific learning profile and academic skill levels. Students will receive information demonstrating the relationship of learning profile to academic performance and presence or absence of significant learning differences. Based upon assessment data, eligible students will receive recommendations for ADA academic accommodations and individualized learning strategies. NOTE: This course has a non-refundable materials charge of $15. May be repeated once for credit. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 817 ASSISTIVE COMPUTER ACCESS (.5-3)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 lab hours for each .5 unit.
Designed primarily for students with disabilities, this course provides training in the use of computer access technologies that enhance a student’s ability to access and use microcomputers. Students will use the technology as a tool to complete assignments from concurrent subject area courses. No previous computer experience is required. (Open entry.) (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 820 COMPUTER-BASED COGNITIVE RETRAINING (.5)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 24-27 lab.
Designed primarily for students recovering from an acquired brain injury/impairment such as head trauma or stroke, this course uses computer-based applications to provide cognitive retraining. Areas addressed include the application of memory, problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, and organizational skills to daily activities and functioning. No previous computer experience is required. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 821 DEVELOPMENT OF SELF-ADVOCACY SKILLS: PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (.5)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 8-9 lecture.
Exploration of self-advocacy strategies for students eligible for ADA academic accommodations. Prepares students to advocate effectively for implementation of accommodations requests both inside and outside the classroom. Includes introduction to development of informational, intra/interpersonal skills, neurology of learning disabilities/differences, rights and responsibilities, procedures and related issues. Students will participate in small group activities, including role-play. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 822 STUDY SMART SKILLS (1)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture.
Strategies to improve mathematics, reading, writing, study, and test-taking skills for students with learning differences: Applicable study techniques using triple strength learning: Seeing, saying, and writing: Prepares students for self-advocacy by empowering them with the tools necessary to succeed: Hands-on activities and group work. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 825 ASSISTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

A total of 16 lecture hours plus 16 lab hours by arrangement.

Designed primarily for students with disabilities, this course provides training in the use of computer-based assistive technology that supports students' learning styles and/or physical needs. Students will use the assistive technology as a tool to complete assignments from concurrent subject area classes. No previous computer experience is required (Open entry.) May be repeated for credit a maximum of three times. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 825.1 ASSISTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY - KURZWEIL 3000 I (.5)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 8-9 lecture.
Designed primarily for students with disabilities; provides training in the use of the text-to-speech program Kurzweil 3000, which supports students’ learning styles and/or physical needs in the area of reading and studying their textbooks. Students will learn how to use this assistive technology tool as an accommodation for reading and studying electronic versions of their textbooks and completing tests/exams from concurrent subject area classes. No previous computer experience is required. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 826.1 ASSISTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY - DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING I (1)
(Pass/No Pass.)
Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture.
Designed primarily for students with disabilities; provides training in the use of the speech recognition program Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which supports students’ learning styles and/or physical needs in the area of written expression. Students will learn how to use this assistive technology tool as an accommodation for completing written assignments and essay-based tests/exams from concurrent subject area classes. No previous computer experience is required. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)
FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS AND STRATEGIES FOR WRITING I (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture.

Fundamental course designed for students who have learning differences. Students will learn to write grammatically correct sentences using rules of grammar and punctuation. This course is appropriate for students who need to develop skills necessary for English 828 and/or those who have scored "See Counselor" on the English Placement testing. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS AND STRATEGIES FOR WRITING II (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture. Recommended: DSKL 880SE.

Designed for students who have learning differences and who have completed DSKL 880SE. Students will continue learning additional rules of grammar, punctuation, and MLA formatting. This course is appropriate for students seeking to improve writing skills and/or those who have scored into "See Counselor" on the English Placement testing. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

DSKL 880SG ASSISTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: TOOLS FOR WRITING (.5)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 8-9 lecture. Recommended: DSKL 880SE.

Designed primarily for students with disabilities; guides students through a process to assist them in determining which form of writing (i.e., pencil and paper, keyboarding, or speech recognition) best supports their written expression. Students will learn how to use various features of Inspiration, a brainstorming or "mind mapping" application and strategies for integrating the use of this Assistive Technology tool into the writing process. No previous computer experience is required. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree).

DSKL 880SH ASSISTIVE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: SMARTPEN (.5)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Hours/semester: 8-9 lecture.

Designed primarily for students with disabilities. This course provides in-depth instruction about the various features of the Smartpen and ways to apply notetaking strategies when using the Smartpen. Students will also learn how to transfer recorded notes from the Smartpen to the computer-based software and how to review and organize notes in this software. NOTE: Students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and have the Smartpen as an accommodation will have access to a one-month loan of a Smartpen. All other students will need to provide their own Smartpen. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree).