West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Fox Center at West Valley College

Accessibility

Introduction

All eLearning courses and online course content must comply with the requirements established by the American with Disabilities Act's Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in 1998, as well as with chapter 6 of the 2008 Omnibus Version of the California Community Colleges Distance Education Guidelines.

Instructors and students may consult with counselors in the WVC Disability and Educational Support Program (DESP). DESP assists students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals by providing a variety of services and specialized courses designed to insure access to all campus programs, services and facilities, and to facilitate maximum student independence and success.

Instructors may also consult the WVC Disability and Educational Support Program Faculty Handbook. And students may consult the WVC Disability and Educational Support Program Student Handbook (PDF)

 

Sample Disability Syllabus Statement

West Valley College makes reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities (visible or invisible). Course materials will be available in alternate formats upon request, as well as other accommodations directly related to the educational limitations of the verified disability. Students with any special needs should contact the Disability and Educational Support Program ( DESP ) at 408-741- 2010. 

Creating Accessible Syllabi

 

Publishers

  • When adopting textbooks and other course materials make sure that the publisher can verify the accessibility of the products.
  • Be sure to order your books by the bookstore deadline.

 

Making Your Angel Content More Accessible

  1. AccessABILITY – Penn State

 

Accessible Documents

  1. Scanning documents –
    1. Scanned documents should not be used unless they are processed with a program that converts images to text, which is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
    2. OCRed documents must be proofread for accuracy.
    3. Adobe Acrobat is available for installation on West Valley faculty and staff computers. It can be used to OCR scanned documents.
  2. Accessible Office documents
    1. Office 2010 Accessibility Checker - Microsoft
    2. Microsoft Office 2010 Tutorials – Microsoft
  3. Microsoft Word
    1. Accessible Word - WebAIM
    2. Microsoft Word Tips (for Windows and Mac)
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
    1. Accessible PowerPoint - WebAIM
  5. Accessible PDFs
    1. Accessible PDFs - WebAIM
    2. Word to PDF - WebAIM

Web Accessibility

  1. W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
  2. WAVE – WebAIM web accessibility evaluation tool
  3. WAVE Toolbar for Firefox

Captioning (general)

  1. Distance Education Captioning and Transcription (DECT) Grant
  2. DECT Grant West Valley Contact – Anne Crosby
  3. Copyright Permission Form (PDF) – West Valley

Captioning YouTube

  1. DECT Grant may be used
  2. Copyright Permission Form (PDF) – West Valley

Caption It Yourself

  1. Caption It Yourself – An overview of how to caption media yourself
  2. YouTube Captioning Feature – Overview and link to instructional video
  3. Amara.org
  4. Overstream.net

Information on Disabilities

  1. Disability and Educational Support Program
    1. Faculty Handbook

Training Resources

Useful Software

  1. Standard Accessibility Software
    1. Text-to-Speech
    2. Screen reader
    3. Screen magnification
    4. Voice recognition
  2. Standard accessible workstation configuration
    1. Adjustable Table
    2. Kurzweil (text-to-speech)
    3. Jaws (screen reader)
    4. Zoomtext (screen magnifier)
    5. Dragon (voice recognition)
  3. Builtin operating system accessibility software
  4. Free software that is available to all (students may install portable versions on USB Flash drives):
    1. Balabolka (text-to-speech)
    2. NVDA (screen reader)
    3. VoiceOver (screenreader) is available by default on the Macs.
  5. Locations
    1. Key areas on the West Valley campus (and installations also available on request)
    2. DESP Assistive Technology Lab
    3. DESP Testing Center

Available on the West Valley Campus

  1. Standard accessible workstation configuration:
    1. Adjustable Table
    2. Kurzweil (text-to-speech)
    3. Jaws (screen reader)
    4. Zoomtext (screen magnifier)
    5. Dragon (voice recognition)
  2. Builtin operating system accessibility software
  3. Free software that is available to all (students may install portable versions on USB Flash drives):
    1. Balabolka (text-to-speech)
    2. NVDA (screen reader)
    3. VoiceOver (screenreader) is available by default on the Macs.
  4. Locations
    1. Key areas on the West Valley campus (and installations also available on request)
    2. DESP Assistive Technology Lab
    3. DESP Testing Center

 

 

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