Students with Disabilities
Las Positas College is making every effort possible to make all of our web offerings accessible to students with disabilities. Faculty here are trained and encouraged to design web content that meets the standards of accessibility.
If you are a blind student and use text-reading software, this is very important because you will be able to access the same content as other students. In fact, it is recommended that blind students use the text-reading software, Jaws version 3.5 or above with the Virtual Cursor activated, along with the web browser Internet Explorer version 6 or above. This combination will ensure maximum efficiency.
While in Internet Explorer, all students can customize the display of content. If you select Internet Options under the Tools menu, you can control such features as colors and fonts. If you select Text Size under the View menu, you can make the text bigger or smaller to suit your needs.
- View the accessibility features in Internet Explorer 10. This page includes links to various tutorials.
- If you happen to use the Firefox browser, click to view how to make Firefox more accessible.
For Windows XP users, there is a step-by-step tutorial on accessibility features for your computer. Here is a similar tutorial for Windows Vista users, here is one for Windows 7, and one for Windows 8.
Blackboard, which is a course management system used to deliver online courses at LPC, continually upgrades its software to ensure accessibility. Learn more about Blackboard's efforts to ensure accessibility.
Furthermore, all LPC students have access to Google Apps via Zonemail. Read about Google's accessibility resources.
Many instructors publish information in Blackboard as PDF documents. Adobe Reader has a feature called Read Out Loud, which allows you to hear the text in the PDF if your regular screen reader is having trouble. Click here to read about the Read Out Loud feature. (Note: The page describes the feature for Reader 7, but the information is the same for newer versions of Reader.)
For more information on services that LPC provides to students with disabilities, go to the Disability Resource Center web site. You can also email Karen Zeigler, the college's alternative media technology specialist.
Students with a disability -- a visual limitation or reading difficulty -- that limits access to online materials may request online materials in alternate media. Examples of alternate media formats include Braille, tactile graphics, audiotape, and large print. Students can make alternate media requests through the Disability Resource Center.
Good luck in your class!