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Assistive Technology

Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL)

Location: Advanced Technology Center, AT-203
Faculty Contact Information: Shri Lakshmanan
Email: LakshSri@fhda.edu
Phone: 408.864.5817

The Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL), provides students, faculty, and staff with information and training on various Assistive Technology tools and devices.

What is Assistive Technology?


Assistive Technology (AT),  refers to “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”


Students interact with information and access learning content in a variety of ways. For many students with disabilities, accessing computers and electronic content can be difficult and challenging. Assistive Technologies enable users to engage with electronic content and accomplish tasks, which may otherwise be difficult to access or to complete. 

The Computer Accessibility Lab houses a variety of technologies, hardware, and software tools to support our students' unique learning styles, preferences, and needs. Small group and one-on-one training is provided for students on various technologies in the lab. Assistive Technologies include:

  • Text-to-Speech Software: Customizable options enhance learning, reading, writing, and support retention of information
  • Speech Recognition software transcribes dictated or spoken content. Speech Recognition tools enable users with mobility impairments, or those who have difficulty using the keyboard and mouse, due to conditions such as arthritis or RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury), create documents, use email, or other computer applications
  • Screen-Readers & Magnification software and tools enable students who are blind or visually-impaired, access and interact with computer applications and online content
  • Customizable computer options, specialized keyboards, & mice are available to accommodate students' unique needs

Students are encouraged to advocate for their needs, to discuss their learning requirements and preferences, and are supported to become independent, life-long learners.

Computer Accessibility Lab Orientation

Please contact Shri Lakshmanan, Faculty, Computer Accessibility/Assistive Technology, to set up an appointment for an AT orientation of the Computer Accessibility Lab.

Accessibility Statement: Our goal is make materials and services accessible to all students. Please let us know if you encounter any accessibility barriers.

Assistive technology courses are taught in the Computer Access Lab (CAL) (see campus map).

Visit the Assistive Technology  page for more information on available tools and technologies


Lab Regulations
  • Please follow lab rules and treat your fellow students with courtesy
  • Computers with adjustable tables are reserved for students who need them
  • Computers with scanners are reserved for students who require scanner functions

Students are subject to the following District Board Policies and Administrative Procedures:

  • Computer Use AP 3250
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities BP 5500
  • Student Code of Conduct AP 5510
  • Student Due Process and Discipline AP 5520
  • Student Grievances AP 5530

Building: ATC, AT-203
Contact: Shri Lakshmanan
Email:
LakshSri@fhda.edu
Phone: 408.864.5817

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Last Updated: 12/5/16