High Tech Center (HTC)

The High Tech Center (HTC) located in SSC-250 offers adaptive computer hardware and software technologies to make DVC computer labs accessible to students with disabilities. The available technology includes voice recognition technology, voice synthesizers, screen reading software, Braille printer, reading machines, optical scanner, and electronic keyguards. Instruction is offered in the use of word processing, email setup and usage, WEBCT, InSite, spelling, and grammar checking to help accommodate the effects of specific types of disabilities.

Technology available in HTC

  • AlphaSmart is a notetaker laptop computer.
  • Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) enlarges print.
  • Dragon Dictate Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition program.
  • Inspiration is an application that allows you to word map your ideas and then converts word maps into an outline.
  • Kurzweil 3000 and Kurzweil 1000 are a screen reading program for reading textbooks and other printed materials.
  • Scanner and Braille printer
  • ZoomText is an application that will magnify text and is a screen reader.
  • JAWS for Windows is a computer access software

High Tech Center policies

  1. To receive High Tech Center services, arrange a counseling appointment with a DSS counselor by calling 925-969-2140
  2. High Tech Center services are available to qualified students.
  3. Students must demonstrate the potential to benefit from HTC services.
  4. Students may be required to participate in a formal evaluation to demonstrate their potential to benefit from HTC services.
  5. Referrals to the HTC must be made by a DSS counselor on behalf of the student. Outside agencies may refer individuals directly to the HTC only for evaluation services.