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Accessibility and Accommodations

Accessibility

ACCESSIBILITY

    • Accessible Technology Center

      The Accessible Technology Center (ATC) continues to provide ATC Resources online through Canvas for ACCESS students and Veterans that register for ATC LRND2.  For steps on how to register, visit Accessible Technology Center.

    • Note-Taking Apps

      Note-taking apps are aimed primarily at students who struggle with the traditional listen-and-write note-taking method. They offer alternative means to record and highlight topics, from images, audio recording and dictation, categorizing and document annotation.

      Learn about the different Note Taking Apps available.

    • Screen Readers

      Screen readers are applications which enable blind and low-vision individuals to use computers and mobile devices. Screen readers provide voice (text-to-speech) and braille output for events displayed on the computer screen. With a screen reader, a blind person is able to use many popular and professional applications available on the market including but not limited to Microsoft Office, browsers, mail clients, cloud storage, and shared documents.

      Learn more about the different Screen Readers available.

    • Screen Magnification

      Screen magnification apps are used by individuals with low vision.  These apps take a computer or mobile device's visual output and enlarge it to allow for easier and more detailed viewing.

      Learn more about the different Screen Magnification apps available. 

    • Text-to-Speech

      This software is aimed at individuals with low vision and/or individuals who struggle with reading digital text.

      Learn more about the free or low-cost Text-to-Speech tools available.

    • Operating System Solutions

      The Windows and macOS operating systems offer multiple keyboard solutions and tools that are built into your computer's operating system. While these may not offer the same level of functionality and customization available from commercial or open-source assistive technology solutions, they can provide a basic level of access that may be suitable for some students.

      Learn more about the different Operating System Solutions.

    • MS Office and PDF

      MS Word and MS Power Point are the most common programs used for documents and presentations, as well as PDF.  All which have been enhanced to meet accessibility needs. 

      Learn more about how to make MS Office and PDF files accessible.

    • Canvas Accessibility

      Canvas is the learning management system adopted for the California Community Colleges (CCC) and offers a framework to support online education. The basic structure of the Canvas platform offers good accessibility support for faculty to create accessible learning materials. In order to ensure materials are accessible, it is important for faculty and online instructors to be attentive to the content that is added to their Canvas course.

      Learn more about Canvas Accessibility.

    • Captioning and Accessibility Resources

      In following with good universal design principles, we highly recommend online courses be offered asynchronously with full accessibility features built in from the start.  Real time captioning of live streaming media is very expensive and should be used sparingly.  Free video captioning is offered to faculty and staff by completing Mt. SAC Closed Caption Request.

      For more resources, guidelines, campus policies, and additional accessibility resources visit the ATC Captioning and Accessibility Resources page.

Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS

    • Alternate Media

      ACCESS students approved for alternate media can continue to submit their Alternate Media Request Form by emailing it to altmedia@mtsac.edu.

    • Extended Time for Exams

      This guidance applies to exams and quizzes administered within standard classroom exam timeframes.  Given that many students will experience challenges with transitioning to online learning,  upon student request, we are asking that all faculty provide the amount of extra time listed on the ACCESS student's Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP).  Professors are able to extend time for exams on Canvas.

    • Sign Language Interpreting or Captioning

      For students needing remote sign language interpreting or captioning , we recommend both the student and instructor contact interpeters@mtsac.edu to request accommodation.

    • Shared Notes

      Professors are asked to use universal design principles to the greatest degree possible for students who receive shared notes as an accommodation.  Actions such as having professors provide notes to students or identifying a student who is willing to share their notes electronically with a student with a disability (or perhaps the whole class) are considered appropriate and good universal design strategies.  If time allows, a lesson on good note taking skills can be incorporated in just about any professor's curriculum.

    • Other Accommodations and Questions

      Access is currently developing individual strategies to meet the needs of students with disabilities whose accommodations require more communication and coordination than the ones listed above.  For additional accommodation support, please contact ACCESS by emailing access@mtsac.edu (please include your student A# on the subject line) or call (909) 274-4290. 

    • How to Obtain a Copy of Your Accommodations (Updated!)

      You can obtain a copy of your Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) by logging into your MyACCESS account.
      Steps for Copy of Academic Accommodations Plan