The primary focus of the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) High Tech Center at City College is to provide students with disabilities to equal access to campus instructional and support resources.
The High Tech Center (HTC) has two main functions: assistive computer technology training and support and production of alternate media resources.
HTC Assistive Computer Technology
Assistive Computer Technology consists of software, equipment, and other devices that allow students to independently access materials and information. The High Tech Center (HTC) provides training and services for students in the use of adaptive hardware and software as well as individualized instruction in basic computer skill (including the Internet, word processing and keyboarding) and skill development programs.
The following list includes some of the technology we have available:
- Large print display:
- ZoomText Screen Magnification and Screen Reading Software and CCTV magnifier.
- Large key, high contrast keyboards, and large monitors for better visual access.
- Demonstration of Zoom Text
- Speech Recognition (speech-to-text) software:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking, a software that allows students to "teach" the computer to recognize their voice.
- Demonstration of Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Screen reader:
- JAWS (Job Access with Speech), a software that provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications. (Requires students to have good touch typing skills)
- Demonstration of JAWS
- Assistive reading (text-to-speech) software:
- Read&Write, a software which provides accessibility supports like text-to-speech and study tools to help students read with comprehension.
- Demonstration of Read&Write
Alternative Media is an accommodation for students with disabilities that can include having print materials and textbooks converted to electronic text, Braille, large print, tactile graphics or audio recordings. Alternate Media ensures equal access for students with print-related disabilities to textbooks and course materials.
Examples of Alternate Media include:
- E-text (electronic text)
- Audio readers
- Tactile graphics
- Large print
The process to receive an alternate media accommodation is:
- Meet with a DSPS counselor to determine accommodations. If you are eligible for alternate media your counselor will make a referral to the High Tech Center.
- Purchase your textbooks and materials, save the receipt(s). You will need proof of ownership to receive alternate media resources.
- You will receive an email with the following steps:
Step 1. Watch the Alternative Media Orientation Video
Step 2. Call the High Tech Center (HTC) at 619-388-3995 to schedule an assistive technology appointment.
Step 3: Submit your book request(s) at Alternate Media Book Request form. You'll need to do one request for each book or materials you are requesting.
Step 4: Monitor your email for a notice that your book or materials are ready to be picked up.
HTC Contact Information:
Contact information: 619-338-3995
The High Tech Center (HTC) at City College is located in A-113
Fall Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:00 (Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Please come in, call, or email to make an appointment.