Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services


Accessibility Services in Distance Learning


Reasonable Accommodations

Faculty Guide to Teaching College Students with Disabilities to support faculty in successfully carrying out their vital role in relation to the College’s goal in providing access to students with disabilities:

Making Content Accessible

Anyone developing content (text, images, video, etc.) for online publications or systems should ensure that all the necessary elements are provided to make the content accessible to people with disabilities, including blind, low vision, deaf, and hard of hearing users.

Online Course Accessibility

Alternative Text for Students with Disabilities


Document Accessibility

PDF Accessibility:


Accessibility in CUNY Applications

Blackboard Accessibility

CUNYFirst Accessibility


                               Online Education and Support                                               

Assistive Technology

As we adjust to the changes during the COVID 19 pandemic, we wanted to share the following software with you.

Kurzweil 3000 and WYNN are reading and writing software programs used primarily by students with learning disabilities. 

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users.

JAWS is a screen reading software program that enables blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen using a speech synthesizer or refreshable braille display. 

Fusion is a combination of JAWS screen reader and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader primarily used by low vision and blind students.

OpenBook is a scanning and reading software program that converts printed documents into accessible digital text.

Above listed software can be downloaded from the link below:

Otter ai – can be downloaded from App Store/Google Play. is a web application which provides speech to text transcription. Otter converts live speaking into a written transcription. You can create a free account that comes with 600 free minutes per month. You import your videos and wait between 20 minutes to an hour for a transcribed product (depending on the length of the video). Once a video is transcribed, you can click on the transcript and make any necessary edits.

Zoom Education/ Zoom cloud - Cloud Recording Transcripts 

More information on assistive technology and accessibility training videos can be found on CUNY CATS website.


Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker

Most of the data that is available regarding the COVID-19 is shown as a graphical format on the web, which does not allow screen reader users access to the data. The link below displays the data in an accessible format for screen reader users.

Everyone stay safe and healthy!

Office of Accessibility Services 


The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) functions to assist students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services. Services provided are designed to encourage independence and self- advocacy, backed by a comprehensive system of support services. OAS is also a New York State Agency-Based Voter Registration Site, where students with disabilities are offered information, voter registration application forms and the opportunity to register to vote. 

The mission of the Office of Accessibility Services at John Jay College is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all college programs, services, and activities. It is our objective to see that students with disabilities are provided with an impactful learning experience. The Office of Accessibility Services challenges every individual to be independent, responsible, problem-solvers and self-advocates in charge of their own lives. John Jay College is committed to equal access to education. We want to ensure that all students are afforded the same opportunity to participate in the learning process.


Voter registration information and application forms are available at the website for the State Board of Elections of the State of New York at



Defining a Disability

A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, learning, hearing, speaking, or breathing. A person is also protected under the ADA if he or she has a record of a disability or is regarded as having a disability and is thus discriminated against. It is important to know that disabilities can be both visible and hidden. That is, many disabilities may not be obvious to an observer. These can include epilepsy, diabetes, and certain vision-based disabilities. People can also have multiple disabilities, such as an individual who is both legally blind and hard-of-hearing.

A person with a disability may have:

  • A physical or psychological condition which substantially limits one of his/her major life activities (including walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working)
  • A record of such impairment

Disabilities include but may not be limited to:

  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disorders
  • Medical Disabilities
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Temporary Disability Conditions
  • Visual Impairments