Students with Disabilities
Las Positas College is making every effort possible to make all of our web offerings accessible to students with disabilities. Faculty have access to training and are encouraged to design web content that meets the standards of accessibility.
Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with LPC's Disability Resource Center, then contact their instructors and request accommodations, such as extra time on an exam.
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 most updated version of their text-reading software.
It's also advisable that students with disabilities customize their web browsers take advantage of the accessibility features within web browsers. They should also customize their computers and mobile devices to ensure maximum accessibility. For instance, students can adjust the text size to suit their needs.
Furthermore, all LPC students have access to Google Apps via Zonemail. Read about Google's accessibility resources.
For more information on services that LPC provides to students with disabilities, go to the Disability Resource Center web site.
Canvas, which is the learning management system used to deliver online courses at LPC, continually upgrades its software to ensure accessibility. Read about accessibility within Canvas.
To help ensure you have access to your digital learning materials in formats that work for your different devices and learning needs, Canvas includes a feature called Ally. Next to your course files, you’ll find an icon for a dropdown menu. Simply select the dropdown icon, and then select Alternative Formats.
You’ll see a list of options from which to choose. Download speed will depend on the size file.
Depending on the type of document, you may find some or all of the options below available:
- An OCRed PDF, which is used to improve the text of scanned documents
- A Tagged PDF with improved navigation, especially if you use a screen reader
- An HTML version that will allow you to adjust text for your mobile devices
- An ePub version if you use an eReader or tablet
- An audio version for listening to an MP3 on a computer or mobile device
- BeeLine Reader, which makes reading easier and faster by using color gradients
Learn more about Alternative Formats, their benefits to students, and how to access
them at Alternative Formats for Students.
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!