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.

  • Large print display-Zoom Text Screen Magnification and Screen Reading and CCTV magnifier. The HTC also uses large key keyboards, contrast keyboards and larger monitors for better access.
  • Speech Recognition (speech to text) software-The HTC uses Dragon Naturally Speaking where a student can “teach” the computer to recognize their voice.
  • Screen readers- JAWS (Job Access with Speech) software. Students need to have good touch typing skills. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications.
  • Scan/read assistive reading software (text-to-speech). The HTC uses Read&Write software which provides accessibility supports like text-to-speech and study tools that help students read with comprehension.

Alternate Media

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
  • Braille
  • Large print

The process to receive an alternate media accommodation is:

  1. 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.
  2. Purchase your textbooks and materials, save the receipt(s). You will need proof of ownership to receive alternate media resources.
  3. 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 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

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.