In keeping with our obligation to Federal and State laws, Crafton Hills College is making every effort to ensure that the technology on our campus is accessible and useable by all of our students, faculty and staff.
CHC Web Site
We are constantly working to ensure that this web site is accessible to those who cannot view it in traditional ways and hope that you'll let us know if there is anything we can do to improve navigating the site with special tools.
Computer-Supported Labs / Classrooms / Open Areas
Currently, the Technology Services Department in cooperation with our DSPS office, the Technology Planning Committee, and instructors, students and administrators has begun installing specialized software programs in all of these areas. We are currently placing networked versions of accessible software in all of these areas and currently have a significant portion of our open area computers in the Learning Resource Center. Currently, all of the computers in our short-term, reservable open lab on the third floor of the library (LR309), all of the computers in the DSPS office, all of the computers in the our mini-chemistry lab are outfitted with the latest version of JAWS and Kurzweil specialized software. In the near future all of our students computers will have not only these software programs installed but a host of others already recommended by the Technology Planning Committee for inclusion on these computers.
Currently, our DSPS office has a wide range of computer software installed on the computers located in that office. Technology Services is working with the DSPS to provide specialized software throughout the campus and assist with the purchasing of networked versions (or obtaining additional licenses) of products used by our students for inclusion on computers throughout the campus.
Legislation (Section 508 etc.)
Section 508: Things you should know and consider
As you all know, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically addresses the use of technology and how public entities should perceive and respond to the requirements of the legislation. The common reference is to Section 508. This legislation has been consistently moving forward and many of the questions of the past regarding implementing its mandates have been answered over time. This brief summary is intended to give you an overview of how it may relate to you in your work area or instructional environment. Please take the time to read this summary and contact Technology Services if you have any questions or concerns.
From the Chancellor's Office
The State Chancellor's Office position on implementation of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Anyone using technology to deliver instruction needs to read this document (pdf file)
Section 508 FAQ
WWW Section 508.gov’s FAQ. This is an excellent site to visit for all things related to Section 508 of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. This is especially relevant to anyone using the web as a place to provide resources to students in their classes.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. The W3C develops and maintains the Web Accessibility Initiative (above).
The High Tech Center Training Unit
The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state of the art training and support facility for community college faculty and staff wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media and Web Accessibility. The HTCTU supports High Tech Center programs at one-hundred and fourteen community colleges and satellite centers. More than ten thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in High Tech Center programs state-wide.