ERIC Number: ED470476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May-27
Reference Count: N/A
The California Community Colleges High Tech Centers for the Disabled--A Historical Prospective.
This document reports on the history of the California Community Colleges High Tech Centers for the Disabled between the years 1983-1992. Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) asked, in 1983, what role computers play in the lives of students with disabilities. This question set in motion a chain of events that resulted in creation of the program, which is the largest and most sophisticated of assistive computer technology services in the United States. In the spring of 1984, MPC's first course in word processing for students with disabilities had 6 students. The course had to address questions such as, How could a student typing with only one finger hold down two keys at once? Solutions to access problems were addressed through trial and error. Word of the program circulated across the state, and a model plan was developed that would create High Tech Center programs based on a standardized package of assistive computer hardware and software proven through use at MPC. Community colleges wishing to participate in the program provided a 25% cash match against the cost of implementing a facility on their campus. High Tech Center programs are now in place at 80 California community colleges. The computer access model has been adopted by many California State University and University of California campuses as well. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Access to Computers, Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Mediated Communication, Computers, Disabilities, Equal Education, Special Needs Students, Technology, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.htctu.fhda.edu/publicat/htchstry.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Cupertino. High Tech Center Training Unit.