Part 3 - General Classroom Considerations

Part 3 - General Classroom Considerations

Assistive Technology Resources


To use computers effectively, some students with disabilities require special adaptations.

Because of a limitation, they may need specialized software or hardware to access the power of the computer.

Students who are blind may utilize screen readers, which verbalize the information displayed on a computer screen. They may scan print books and use optical character recognition software, then output the text in speech. The student may print materials on a Braille printer, which translates print into Braille symbols and embosses paper with raised Braille cells.

Students with dexterity limitations may use keystroke reduction software, devices for physically inputting information in specialized ways, or voice recognition software, which takes verbal dictation in lieu of keystrokes.

Students with learning or other disabilities that affect cognition, memory, and attention may use specialized software for organization, cognitive retraining, or skills development. Also helpful are scanners and software that allow students to display print material on the computer screen where it can be highlighted, verbalized, or manipulated in other useful ways. These are just a few examples of assistive/ adaptive technology, which is transforming the landscape for persons with disabilities.


Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL)

The Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL) is the DSPS Division’s computer lab that houses much of this technology. Students learn to use computers to participate in the range of programs offered on campus.

The CAL is also committed to assisting the campus in efforts to integrate such technology into mainstream campus labs. The Open Media Lab and the Library have assistive computer stations. As representatives on campus governance groups and committees and as consultants to interested parties, the CAL and DSPS Division staff advocates for full access for people with disabilities and assists in providing technical information. The CAL is located in AT 203 and can be contacted at ext. 5817 or at .


The High Technology Center Training Unit (HTCTU)

The HTCTU is part of the DSPS Division and is also an excellent resource for up-to-date information on issues of assistive/adaptive technology and instructional technology. It offers a variety of training workshops to interested faculty throughout California but does not work with individual De Anza students. Contact the HTCTU at (408) 864-4636 or through .


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