HIGH TECH CENTERThe High Tech center for the disabled opened in 1987 with State Funding from the California Community College Foundation and the State Department of Rehabilitation. The first grant purchased four computers; the Center is now an integrated lab providing lab experience for a variety of Educational Development Courses, Individualize Training of Assistive Technologies, open stations for continual skill improvement and technical support for diverse needs in the academic labs across campus.
MISSION/PURPOSE/VISIONTo make computers and alternate formats of academic information accessible to students, regardless of disability To provide training to effective alternatives to traditional study methods (ex: individualize training on specific assistive technologies, integration of student skills and technology access, computer assisted instruction.)
ACCESSING THE HIGH TECH CENTER (HTC)
1. Course participation - Ed Dev courses that are connect to a lab can utilize the HTC for additional skill reinforcement. For those in Ed Dev 40/41 there is direct connection to the HTC and are the basis for student scheduling.
2. Individualize referral for training and/or use - After students in Ed Dev 40/41 are scheduled the rest of the time is available for individual students that have been referred by Counselor or Specialist for specific use or training.
DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 40/41
Courses are taught and lab time is made available to disabled students participating in the Special Resource Center Program.
After verification of participation in the Special Resource Center, to use the HTC please complete at least one of the following forms with Counselor or Specialist:
1. SURF individualize form for specific need.
2. EDEV 40/41 Individualize Plan for course credit
3. Assistive Technology on-campus Need form
LIST AND DESCRIPTION OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Input technologies:1. VOICE - Train the computer to recognize your voice.
2. DESENSITIZED KEYBOARD - For a person with limited dexterity.
3. SINGLE SWITCH IMPUT - Bypass the keyboard and control the entire computer through the use of a single switch.
Output technologies:1. ENLARGED PRINT - To the screen or the printer.
2. BRAILLE - Print to Braille or Braille to print.
3. VOICE OUTPUT - The computer will actually give a verbal output of what appears on the screen.