ERIC Number: ED429636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Access to Library Automation Systems for Students with Disabilities.
California Community Colleges, Sacramento. High-Tech Center for the Disabled.
This document provides information on the integration of assistive computer technologies and library automation systems at California Community Colleges in order to ensure access for students with disabilities. Topics covered include planning, upgrading, purchasing, implementing and using these technologies with library systems. As information management systems have become automated, access to technology has become synonymous with access to information. The need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, by providing access to all individuals, made the integration of "adaptive computing technology" into existing automation systems an attractive solution. The three major types of automation systems are presented and the following automation systems are described: SIRSI, Innovative Interfaces, GEAC, DRA, CARL, Dynix and VTLS. The document also outlines the library access guidelines for persons with disabilities. Examples of types of assistive technologies for library access are categorized by disability, and include screen readers, speech synthesizers, screen enlargers, keyboard modification, and technologies for reading paper text. The document also identifies who at the community college should be responsible for designing and implementing the assistive computer technologies, the relevant decision-making factors to be considered, the characteristics of the users of these services, a rationale for why assistive integration is needed, and relative costs of implementation. (SKF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Computer Uses in Education, Disabilities, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Program Implementation, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. High-Tech Center for the Disabled.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990