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Below is a template that can be used in a course outline or handbook, feel free to copy and paste directly.

[Name of Faculty] is committed to providing equal access to learning opportunities for students with documented disabilities. To ensure reasonable accommodations are in place during your program of study please contact Disability Support Services to engage in a confidential conversation about the process for requesting reasonable accommodations in the classroom, exams and clinical settings. Reasonable accommodations are not provided retrospectively. Students are encouraged to register with Disability Support Services as early as possible. [Name of Faculty] encourages students to access all resources available through Disability Support Services for consistent support and access to their programs. More information can be found online at Disability Support Services. Contact can also be made with the office by phone on 061 213478 or by email at disabilityservices@ul.ie

The C-Pen Exam Reader pen scanner is an electronic pen the uses text to speech to read aloud printed text. The C-Pen Exam Reader is an orange portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice used instead of a human reader.

This device means students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions.  Students using the pen bring their own in-ear headphones to use with the reading pen via 3.5mm headphone socket. All students are given the opportunity to train on the reading pen prior to exams.

The reading pens have been used in UL for the last four years by first years through to postgraduate students. The reading pen is also available as a reasonable accommodation in the Leaving Cert resulting in more and more students entering college and university already trained on how to use the reading pen in exams.

Below is a very short video on the exam reader pen.