BCTC's Student Accessibility Services provides excellent information and support for faculty seeking help about accessibility. Be sure to check out the additional useful information at their website.
If a student in your class approaches you about a disabiity, contact Student Accessibility Services right away to get the best possible advice on providing the necessary tools and accomodattions customized for the student.
How to add captioning to your own YouTube videos by uploading your own transcript file.
1) When creating a MSWord document, use the headings feature (i.e. Heading 1, Title, Subtitle) to indicate a heading or other divisions within your document. This helps screen reader software read the section divisions correctly:
2) When inserting tables into your MSWord document, use the table tools provided. This allows the screen reader to know that this is a table.
3) Add alt-text to images. (right click with mouse on a photo in MSWord, then select Format Picture, and then select Alt Text option. Enter words to describe the pcture, so that screen reader software will be able to read an alternative text description as a text subtitution for that picture. For example: "photograph of a siberian husky dog")
If a YouTube video has closed captioning already, you can enable it while playing a video by clicking on the CC symbol near the bottom of the video. The CC symbol may not show up until you click the play button for the video.
Try Microsoft's Accessibility Checker to see if there are ways to inprove accessibilty in your Word, PowerPoint and Excel course mateials.
You can use Adobe Acrobat software ( 9 and above) to increase accessibility. In addition, Kurzweil, including the cloud-based Firefly edition, can be used by BCTC students to convert PDF documents to screen readable text..
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