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KEY COMPONENTS TO INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT FOR AN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PLAN AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Wanda Harris, Coordinator
P.A.S.S. Program
Oakland Community College
Phone(248)233-2782
Fax (248)233-2781
E-mail: wxpernel@occ.cc.mi.us 

Marcia Kosovec, Coordinator
P.A.S.S. Program
Oakland Community College
Phone(248)246-2451
Fax(248)246-2481
E-mail: mmkosove@occ.cc.mi.us

* BE POSITIVE, PROACTIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC.

POSITIVISM AND ENTHUSIASM IS CONTIAGIOUS.

At Oakland Community College, there is a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) that meet each month to discuss ways to improve information technology in teaching and learning this includes Action Teams that meet to discuss specific interest areas. There is an Assistive Technology Action Team that is chaired by the Disability Service Provider. In addition, there is a faculty governance organization (Academic Senate) that meets regularly. There is a sub-committee of the Academic Senate that specifically addresses information technology issues.

Students' need for Assistive Technology will be determined on an individual basis. An intensive intake process that will assess all barriers to academic success including access to information technology needs will determine Specific AT. The student will identify a specific vocational/career goal. Information will be gathered to determine the student's disability: Cognitive i.e. TBI, ADD, etc., Speech/Language, Hearing Impairment, Vision Impairment, Learning, Environmental Control, Seating, Positioning and Mobility, Dexterity/Fine Motor Skills, Psychiatric, etc.

Disability related questions would be asked to ascertain whether the person has issues related to Input, Output or Processing. Based on this information, the Disability Service Provider will recommend specific accommodations and/or services, if needed. This includes Assistive Technology as well as instructional and technical assistance. P.A.S.S. Program (Disability Service Provider) will provide training and instructional support for use of the Assisive Technology. The Institutional Technical Support (ITS) will provide technical support and the Professional Development Training Center (PDTC) will provide training for faculty and staff.

COLLEGEWIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PLAN:

PLAN A: PROVIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY COLLEGEWIDE IN THE SUPPORTIVE SERVICE AREAS: LIBRARIES, LEARNING CENTERS, COUNSELING CENTER, TESTING CENTER AND P.A.S.S. PROGRAM.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
VOICE OUTPUT:
SCREEN READER (JAWS)
SCREEN MAGNIFICATION (ZOOMTEXT PLUS) WITH A 21" MONITOR
SCREEN READER WITH OCR (KURZWEIL)
BRAILLE PRINTER
CCTV

VOICE INPUT:
VOICE RECOGNITION/ACTIVATION (DRAGON)
HEWITT PACKARD SCANNER

PROCESSING:
KURZWEIL 3000

PLAN B: PROVIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY COLLEGEWIDE IN CLASSROOMS USING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND MULTIMEDIA AND COMPUTER LABORATORIES.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
VOICE OUTPUT
SCREEN READER (JAWS)
SCREEN MAGNIFICATION (ZOOMTEXT)

VOICE INPUT:
VOICE RECOGNITION/ACTIVATION (DRAGON)


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