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ACCESS TO BOOKS ALTERNATE TEXT PRODUCTION CENTER (ATPC) OF THE CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Dee Konczal
Alternate Text Production Center
Ventura College, 71 Day Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: 805-654-6396
Fax: 805-648-8944
Email: dkonczal@vcccd.net 

Gaeir_Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit
50 McClellan Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: 408-996-6043
Fax: 408-996-6042
Email: gdietrich@ginko.htctu.fhda.edu

The Alternate Text Production Center of the California Community Colleges is the first public-funded system wide alternate format resource created to serve the largest postsecondary educational system in the world. The ATPC is producing, free of charge, Large Print, Braille, Tactile Diagrams, and Electronic Text for all 108 CA Community Colleges as well as a sound fee cost for the Cal State Colleges and Universities for all Print Disabled Students. This is a new concept for postsecondary education!

It is expected that the demand for alternate format services will exceed the resources available to meet the needs of each California Community College. All California Community Colleges within the system must continue to ensure that students with print disabilities are provided timely and accurate instructional materials in a manner and medium appropriate to the significance of the message and the abilities of the individual with the disability. Every effort will be made by the ATPC to respond to those needs that cannot be met effectively at a particular California Community College; and, every effort will be made by the ATPC to ensure that all California Community Colleges have equal access to the resources available at the statewide ATPC. Whenever possible, California Community Colleges will be encouraged to produce alternate format material at the local level.

The ATPC processes requests for alternate format based on the timeliness of the request, number of requests submitted by a particular California Community College, complexity of the material, critical nature of the instruction (or test), and availability of ATPC staff and resources to process the request.

The ATPC works collaboratively with the (HTCTU) High Tech Center Training Unit, under the direction of the State Chancellor's Office, to identify training needs and ensure that California Community Colleges are provided with specialized workshops to enhance their ability to produce materials in alternate formats at their particular college campus.

Visually Impaired and Blind youngsters receive Braille textbooks through the 8th grade as part of federal funding. K-12 schools usually have a Braille Transcriber as part of their staff to Braille on an as needed basis. Colleges do not have Braille Transcribers on staff nor is there any federal funding available. Colleges do not have a central facility which provides for the needs of Visually Impaired Students. The ATPC will become the one central facility, in the state of California, that receives requests from postsecondary institutions as well as a central contact for publishers.

Last year Darrell Steinberg initiated Assembly Bill 422 which allows for "Print Disabled" students to receive a free copy of E-text or electronic text of any college textbook that is required and essential for a class that the student is enrolled in, sold at colleges in CA. The student still has to purchase a copy of the textbook. The publishers will then give a central source (ATPC) an electronic copy of that textbook. ATPC can then copy & distribute the electronic text to registered Print Disabled Students. A Print Disabled Student is a student that is unable to read a printed textbook in a conventional way. Perhaps they cannot turn the pages in a book, have a learning disability with a processing deficit, or are visually impaired.

This workshop will share information and ideas that have been worthwhile since its inception as well as field questions, problematic solutions etc. from the audience.


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