Adaptive Equipment Available on Campus

Locations of each type of equipment are noted in parentheses.

Type of Technology/EquipmentPurpose
Cassette/Tape RecordersCompatible with Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Tapes (Library, LD)
TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf)Enables an individual who is deaf or has a hearing-impairment to communicate by telephone if the other party being called also has a TDD. (DSP&S)
CCTV (Closed-Caption TV)Enables an individual who is deaf or has a hearing-impairment to read real-time captioning on TV (Library, Proctoring Room, LV 13)
Real-time Captioning Service(DSPS, Sign Language Interpreter)
Assistive Listening Devices(DSPS, Science)
Portable Word ProcessorFor note-taking (Check out at High Tech Training Center)
Scan-Read EquipmentScans printed material into the computer, which reads it out loud.(HTTC, Library)
CopierMakes large-print single copies of syllabi, tests, brief readings, and handouts. (DSPS)
NCR/Carbonless note paperFor note-taking by a classmate. (DSPS)

The High Tech Training Center (HTTC) is a computer lab which provides access to students with disabilities. A student must be enrolled in academic classes at SMC and registered with the DSS in order to be eligible to use this facility.

Computer/Adaptive Devices in the High Tech Center

Type of Technology/EquipmentPurpose
Screenreading softwareProvides speech output of documents for students with visual impairment and/or learning disabilities
Magnification softwarefor students with visual impairments
Voice recognition softwareallows input into computer by talking rather than typing
Scan and read technologyScans printed material into the computer, which reads it out loud
Braille translation software translates computer documents into braille
Braille printerprints out the documents above in braille
On-screen keyboardfor those who can use a mouse rather than type on a keyboard
Alternative input devices (e.g., trackballs, glide pads, joy stick)provides computer access for students who cannot use a keyboard or voice input
Ergonomic Aidsadjustable chairs, footstools, etc.

In addition to providing the computer equipment, Center staff teach students how they can use technology to compensate for any educational limitations caused by their disabilities.

Mainstream labs

All of the technology and ergonomic aids available in the High Tech Training Center (with the exception of Braille translation software and a Braille printer) are either currently available, soon to be available, or are available upon request (by students with documented disabilities) in campus mainstream computer labs.

Recommended technology and equipment for Santa Monica College Computer Labs include:

Type of Technology/EquipmentPurpose
19-20 inch monitor capable of multiple resolutions including the lower resolutions (i.e., 640x480, 800x600) available on station with magnification softwareWith resolution held constant, the larger the monitor, the larger the screen images appear. These enlarged images are extremely helpful for many people who are partially sighted and/or have visual perception deficits.
Magnification software, including SoundBlaster compatible sound card for speech component (A networked installation is preferred to ensure availability from any station in addition to the station with the large monitor)Enlarges screen images and provides integration of magnification with voice output
Large print keytop labels for stations with large monitorProvides enlarged key labels for partially sighted people who benefit from magnification
Software specifically designed to the mouse pointer and insertion pointProvides clear, visible point to people who are partially sighted or have visual perception deficits
Screen reading software, including SoundBlaster compatible sound cardProvides speech output of screen for visually impaired and severely dyslexic students
Strategically placed locator dotsProvide tactile references
Voice recognition software, including SoundBlaster-compatible sound cardEnables verbal input for individuals who have difficulty using the keyboard and/or pointing devices
TrackballProvides pointing alternative for people with physical disabilities
Scan/Read station -Components include a scanner and software for scanning and readingScans and reads printed material for people with learning disabilities who are auditory learners and for people who are visually impaired
Height adjustable tilting footrestProvides appropriate table height for wheel chair users. Although more expensive, an adjustable table would meet the needs of a wider range of users
Ergonomic chair (adjustable height, back, and tilt)Provides appropriate chair height, back position, and seat position for all users
Specialized keyboard, wrist rest, desk extension, arm supports, joy stick, scanning software with switchesCan be ordered on an as-needed basis to accommodate the needs of specific users
Aisle width to allow a 5- foot, wheel chair turning radiusMandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act
CCTVMagnifies printed material

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