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About the High Tech Center at Taft College

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About the High Tech Center at Taft College

Whom We Serve:

To access the High Tech Center, students must first be verfied as having a disability. If you think that you have a disability that is affecting your ability to study and learn in your classes, we encourage you to call Vicky Waugh (Intake Specialist) to arrange a date to meet with Susan Vaughan, our Learning Specialist. Please email Vicky Waugh at or call her at 661-763-7773.

What We Do:

Alternate Media Production

Depending on the students’ preferences and needs, the High Tech Center produces alternate formats of textbooks and school materials. The formats we may offer students are:

  • DOC
  • DOCX
  • PDF
  • RTF
  • HTML
  • Braille
  • Large-Print
  • KESI (for Kurzweil)
  • Learning Ally daisy book (human recorded audio book with navigation)
  • Bookshare daisy book (sythetic voice recorded audio book with navigation)

NOTE: Students who would like to listen to an MP3 version of their books are encouraged to make their own by using one of the free assistive technology programs in the High Tech Center or at home.

Assistive Technology Software and Tools

The High Tech Center offers a wide variety of assistive technology programs and tools that will help students in their coursework at Taft College. Once students qualify for student support services, the High Tech specialist will discuss the various programs in the High Tech Center from which students may benefit. Students will then meet individually with the High Tech Specialist to receive training on how to use the selected program(s). After individualized training is complete, students are encouraged to come to the High Tech Center during their free time and to use the skills that they have learned. Further assistance and/or training sessions can be requested as necessary.

Which Assistive Technology Programs and Tools We Offer:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Premier Literacy
  • ZoomText
  • Job Access With Speech (JAWS)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Learning Ally
  • Bookshare books
  • E-type Word Prediction Software
  • flatbed scanner for converting books to electronic text
  • Livescribe Pen and Notepads
  • CCTV for magnification
  • Sorenson video phone for Deaf population
  • Braille Embosser
  • Voice Recorders
  • iOS apps recommendations for students with disabilities

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