Disability Resource Center
More Alike Than Different
DRC High Tech Center
Gavilan's High Tech Center provides specialized courses, assistive software,
adaptive equipment and trained staff to empower students
with disabilities to meet their educational goals. The skills and knowledge
a student gains in the High Tech Center can be taken to other campuses, universities
and ultimately, to the work place.
The key to computer access is Assistive Computer Technology, hardware and
software designed to provide effective, independent interaction between an
individual with a disability and the computer. This new technology uses specialized
hardware and software modifications to enhance student productivity. The technology,
for example, permits blind students to "read" the screen, students
with physical disabilities who cannot use their hands to "type" with
their voice, and students with learning disabilities to improve their writing
and reading comprehension.
Who Can Benefit?
- Students with low vision can enlarge text and graphics on the monitor.
- Students who are blind can use a screen reading program that reads
the screen aloud via speech synthesizer.
- Students with visual impairments and students with reading difficulties
may learn to use a program that scans text and reads it aloud.
- Students with reading difficulties may use a program, which highlights
their writing on the monitors as it reads it aloud.
- Students with learning disabilities may use automatic spelling and grammar
checkers to improve their writing skills.
- Students with severe physical disabilities may learn to use a speech recognition
system or assistive software/equipment to access the computer.
Assistive Computer Technology Courses Offered!
All college information or academic materials are available in alternate media upon request at (408) 848-4865.
For more DRC information, call 408-848-4865 or TTY at 408-846-4924.