Utica College

Office of Learning Services

Providing advisement, advocacy and academic support to students who identify themselves as having a disability and who may experience academic difficulties, The Office of Learning Services works to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access in their educational experience.

Mission / Philosophy

Utica College recognizes its obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 to provide reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The mission of the Learning Services office is to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal educational opportunity with other students. Our philosophy is one that promotes self-awareness, self-determination, and self-advocacy for our students with disabilities. The Learning Services office is also committed to promoting access and awareness as a resource to all members of the Utica College community.


The Office of Learning Services has three professional staff members:

Judy C. Borner, Director of Learning Services
Audrey Caputo, Captionist
Deanna Putrello, Administrative Assistant

To contact the Office of Learning Services:

Telephone: 315-792-3032
E-mail:  jcborner@utica.edu
Regular Mail:
Utica College
Office of Learning Services
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, N.Y. 13502

Location: Hubbard Hall, Room 109.

Office hours: 8:30 – 5:00 during the academic calendar year.

The following are examples of accommodations and services currently being provided to students, not a guarantee of services and accommodations.


  • use of a tape recorder
  • time extensions for tests
  • note-takers
  • separate location for tests
  • alternative formats for textbooks


  • priority registration
  • learning and study strategy development
  • referrals for diagnostic evaluation
  • time management strategies

The Director of Learning Services reviews each student's documentation to determine whether accommodations are warranted, and what accommodations would be appropriate for the student. An accommodation letter is generated for each student stating what accommodations are available for the student. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her instructors to discuss the disability and the accommodations.

Students should:

  • Refer themselves, by personal contact, to the Director of Learning Services
  • Self-disclose their disability
  • Submit documentation to verify eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Protection under these civil rights statutes is determined on a case-by-case basis and is based upon documentation of a disability that currently substantially limits some major life activity.
  • Request accommodations
  • Follow Utica College procedures as described in the Student Handbook.

Protection under these civil rights statutes is determined on a case-by-case basis and is based upon documentation of a disability that currently substantially limits some major life activity. Documentation guidelines should be requested from the Office of Learning Services.

Students who are applying to Utica College are strongly advised to contact the Director of Learning Services as soon as they decide to attend Utica College so that they can submit required documentation in a timely fashion if they plan to request accommodations. This contact will also allow the Director to answer any questions that the student might have.

Students who are already attending Utica College may contact the Director of Learning Services whenever they determine a need for assistance.

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Available on all UC lab and library computers as well as available for you to install on your own PC or MAC, Read & Write Gold is software to help you read, write, study, and research.

About the Application

Read & Write Gold is an award winning literacy software that can help you excel independently as a college student! The innovative features of the software support student achievement.

The easy to use toolbar seamlessly integrates with mainstream software programs such as

  • Microsoft Word,
  • Internet Explorer, and
  • Adobe Reader.

Software Features

Reading support features such as:

  • Text to Speech – words are highlighted as text is read aloud using male or female voices
  • Screenshot Reader – reads aloud text embedded within an image or Flash, locked PDFs, or online applications
  • Scanner – Scan documents or images into Word, Pages, HTML, or PDF format
  • Screen Masking – tint the screen using colors, like an overlay, to help readers focus while reading
  • Translator- allows text to be translated in multiple languages
  • Dictionary – provides definitions as well as alternative words
  • PDF Aloud – reads aloud with highlighting any accessible Adobe Acrobat PDF file
  • DAISY Reader – reads DAISY format books aloud

Writing support features such as:

  • Phonetic Spell Checker – analyzes and corrects spelling and returns suggestions for common spelling errors.
  • Word Prediction – learns the writer’s style, predicts the word they are typing and the word they want to use next
  • Verb Checker – helps determine correct verb conjugation
  • Fact Finder – search the web for relevant information about a topic
  • Fact Mapper – use for brainstorming, drafting, and revising ideas
  • Speech Input – dictate to the computer using a microphone to automatically type a text document

Study support features such as:

  • Speech Maker: select any text and convert it into a sound file, such as MP3, using high quality voices
  • Highlighters – use highlighters in different colors to create study guides, outlines, and vocabulary lists

Research support features such as:

  • Fact Folder – prepare and store information for research and writing assignments, capture text and pictures, classify facts, record their source, automatically generate bibliographies

Contact Us

Judy C. Borner

Judy C. Borner

Director of Learning Services
(315) 792-3032

Utica College Value

Academic Quad at Utica College

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