COS Mountain Logo

COS Mountain LogoHome Class Schedule Apply mySiskiyous Canvas Menu Search

SAS Student Handbook

High Tech Center, Adaptive Technology and Alternate Format of Printed Materials

High Tech Center

SAS provides adaptive educational equipment to assist disabled students in compensating for functional limitations imposed by their disabilities. For example, Zoom Text is an adaptive program available to assist visually impaired students who need to read printed materials in an enlarged format. Another example is Dragon Dictate, a voice-activated word processing program designed for individuals with disabilities that impact keyboarding abilities. Digital recorders may be available for loan to students for note-taking and reader purposes. Hearing Helpers and Closed Captioning may be available for those with hearing loss for classroom lectures.

In addition to adapted workstations in the SAS office there are a number of workstations maintained on the Weed campus and on the extended Yreka campus which are accessible and may be used for accessing electronic text.

SAS Student Responsibilities

Remember all accommodations must be pre-approved by the Director/Counselor of SAS each semester.

  1. The student completes appropriate paperwork for SAS HTC/Equipment Loan.
  2. The student uses adaptive equipment only after receiving formal instruction in its use.
  3. The student adheres to schedules for using equipment as established by SAS/HTC staff. Loaned equipment must be returned at the date and time established at the time of the loan.
  4. The student must carefully maintain equipment by following instructions for its use and protecting it from damage.
  5. Students will be responsible to replace damaged or lost equipment that has been checked out to them. A financial hold will be placed on your account until the equipment is returned, replaced, or paid for.

Alternate Format of Printed Materials

In order to make instruction accessible to all students, SAS will provide all required instructional materials in an alternate format to eligible students requesting such accommodations when necessary to compensate for functional/educational limitations imposed by the student's disability. Alternate formats include large print, electronic text, Braille, tactile graphics, and/or audio. It may be necessary to cut the spine of the textbook being reproduced. The book will be returned to the student in spiral bound form.

SAS Student Responsibilities

Remember all accommodations must be pre-approved by the Director/Counselor of SAS each semester.

  1. Request the required alternate format as early as possible (3 weeks is recommended) prior to the semester starting.
  2. Late requests will be honored. However, the timeline for completion of the work may be delayed.
  3. Purchase the textbook and bring your receipt, to show proof of purchase, to the HTC/Alternative Media/Disabilities Specialist in the SAS Office.

    Note: This step must be completed before the text book can be provided in alternative format. If the book is not readily available for purchase at the time of the request, contact the HTC/Alternative Media Specialist for SAS to determine another procedure.

  4. Provide a course syllabus and chapter deadlines to the HTC/Alternative Media Specialist for SAS.
  5. Sign an agreement indicating that you will not share e-text or other alternate format materials with others and that you will adhere to all pertinent copyright laws.
  6. Student agrees that SAS may cut the spine of the textbook if it is necessary for SAS to scan the text in-house. The text will be returned to the student in spiral bound format.
  7. Students requiring materials scanned into e-text must also make an appointment with SAS staff to demonstrate their ability, or be instructed in the use of the Scan-and-Read software. Students are responsible for scanning their own class handouts or other materials consisting of ten (10) pages or less. HTC/SAS staff is available to assist in this process.
  8. Students are responsible for picking up their materials in a timely manner, notifying HTC/SAS if they are no longer attending the class and do not need the service, or if there is any problem with the material produced.