Technology Plan - Assistive Technology
Chabot College provides equal access to an education to all persons registered in classes, participating in college programs, and employed by the Chabot Las Positas Community College District. Our goal is to encourage students and staff with disabilities to become independent and assertive participants in their own educational and career process. Accessibility in classes, facilities, extracurricular activities and in all student support services is our ultimate objective.
Chabot College is committed to insure that technology hardware, software and equipment utilized by students and staff with disabilities in classes, in student services, and during college activities are compliant with Title V, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973- PL 504 & PL 508, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- As of the end of the Spring 2008 semester, all student computer stations on the campus have access to a screen reader and screen enlargement provided by Dolphin’s SuperNova software.
- As of the end of the Spring 2008 semester, all student computer stations will have access to the Dolphin Easy Reader software, which reads DAISY books, books from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), and digital books.
- DSPS-funded assistive technology (scan/read and speech recognition) software is installed by IT staff on computers in labs around the campus upon student requests.
- Science and math labs have designated accessible stations.
- The Library and Learning Resource Center has two accessible stations with assistive technology.
- DSPS has a Kurzweil 3000 20-user license to go software that is installed on students’ personal laptops by the Alternate Media Technology Specialist.
- All printed materials are converted to alternate formats (Braille, large print, e-text, tape, and so on) by the Alternate Media Technology Specialist upon request.
- The Library and Learning Resource Center has a policy to purchase only closed-captioned videos. For videos that are not closed-captioned, the library staff seeks permission from the producer of the video to caption the video upon purchase.
- The Alternate Media Technology Specialist captions videos for use in the classroom or College programs upon request.
- The State Chancellor’s Office has made web evaluation tools available to California community colleges through a contract with HiSoftware. Their AccVerify and AccRepair tools assist the Chabot College user to check a website for accessibility and assist with making the corrections.
- Distance Education instructors knowledgeable about accessibility issues assist other instructors on how to make their DE courses accessible to students with disabilities.
- An increasing number of videos, podcasts, and other media developed on campus for use in DE courses are accessible to students with disabilities, closed-captioned, and compatible with assistive technology.
- Before purchase of new software, hardware and equipment the ITS and the DSPS staff should form a committee to evaluate the software to insure that it is accessible with assistive technology and accessible for use by students and staff with disabilities.
- Ten percent of all computer stations throughout the campus will be accessible with assistive technology and furniture to students with disabilities.
- All electronic and technical equipment used on campus will be accessible to students and faculty with disabilities as identified in the Rehabilitation Act, PL 508.
- Real-time live video courses produced on the campus will be captioned in real time.
- DE instructors will have access to training and workshops on how to make their courses accessible to students with disabilities.
- The ultimate goal is for an Assistive Technology and Accessibility Plan not to be a separate entity, but to be incorporated by each unit into its technology plan. The College Budget Committee should establish a budget to purchase assistive technology, ergonomic hardware and furniture to be placed in all computer labs throughout the campus. This budget should include the cost to upgrade software when site licenses expire.
- The Budget Committee should establish a budget to support the captioning of videos produced on the campus and viewed in the classroom when they are not available for purchase closed-captioned.