Students with Learning Disabilities
IDC Herzliya helps students with learning disabilities complete their studies successfully. To reach this goal IDC takes steps to identify these students quickly, to provide them with suitable testing conditions (exam accommodations), and to help them develop their study skills by teaching them the main study strategies necessary for academic success (see Study Skills Center section).
Special Accommodations During Exams
Reasonable accommodations are provided by IDC Herzliya for students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. The accommodations are designed to minimize as much as possible the negative effects that learning disabilities have on students' performance, while simultaneously maintaining the exam’s reliability and validity. Therefore, the exam accommodations which IDC Herzliya provides for students with learning disabilities are adjusted in a way that does not alter the essential character of the exams, i.e, the scope of the material tested, or the essence of the exams’ demands upon students (for example, comprehension, applying knowledge, etc.).
To obtain exam accommodations, students must submit an acceptable learning disabilities diagnosis to the Psychological Counseling Services' Office, to Ms. Sigalit Stern, secretary of the Psychological Counseling Services Tel.: 09-960-2872, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most common exam accommodations offered at IDC Herzliya are: time extension on exams; typing exam answers during exam; using an equation table or a calculator during the exam; having the exam read aloud in English via a computer; and disregarding spelling mistakes when exam is graded or evaluated.
In exceptional cases, students with learning disabilities will be permitted to dictate their exam answers to a neutral third party. Students who receive permission to do so from the Dean of Student Affairs will be charged for the expense of hiring a neutral third party to take dictation. Availability of a suitable third party is not guaranteed.
Please note that students with learning disabilities who are found eligible to have exams read to them in English via a computer must practice the use of TextAloud text-to-speech software prior to the exam.
All the computer labs on campus (A319. L202, A107, C107, S2, S4) are equipped with TextAloud software for your use.
Click here to download a free trial version of TextAloud which you can use for learning the program. You may also purchase the program, with a good AT&T voice.
If you understand some Hebrew you may view a training video for TextAloud:
Press HERE to view the online training video
No help will be available during a test to students who did not master the use of TextAloud software in advance. If you need further help in learning how to operate the software please write to our secretary Ms Sigalit Stern at email@example.com