Assistive Technology offers a variety of tools to assist Berkeley instructors and students who require adaptive or assistive technology for teaching and learning including assistive listening technology, ADA computers + software and alt.media conversion.
Assistive Technology is a part of the ETS effort seeking to allow our services to be accessible to all students, faculty and staff using our online systems, computer facilities, and general assignment classrooms on the UC Berkeley campus.
We directly offer Assistive Technology through 3 of our services:
Our assistive listening services are meant to make our technology accessible to those who may be hard of hearing. You can find this technology in our general assignment classrooms with assistive listening systems.
ADA Computers and Software
Our drop-in computer facilities offer a range of assistive technology software for you to access at your convenience. You can find these assistive technologies in:
1st Floor Moffit Library - 2 PC, 1 Mac
211 Wheeler Hall - 1 PC, 1 isolated Dragon Naturally speaking Station (PC)
2180 VLSB - 1 PC, 1 Mac
Alt Media Conversion
Alt-Media Conversion is offered through Sensus Access. SensusAccess is a self-service solution that automates the conversion of documents into a range of alternative formats including mp3, e-books, Braille, and Daisy. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only pdf files, scanned images, lecture notes or other educational material into more accessible formats.
DSP coordinates technology related disability accommodations and services for UC Berkeley students, including mp3 streaming for live-transcriptioning.
University Health Services Tang Center offers consultations for staff needing disability accommodations at work.
The Web Accessibility team, in IST's Architecture, Platform and Integration department, assists UC Berkeley departments in making campus websites accessible to people with disabilities, and helping departments adhere to the UC Information Technology Accessibility Policy (link is external).
MRC offers captioning services for DSP students needing accommodation. Students should talk to their DSP Specialist for more information. Departments may also request captioning for faculty materials on a recharge basis. Please contact Gisèle Tanasse (firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends e-mail)) for more information. Additionally, the Association of Research Libraries maintains a great reference for captioning resources. (link is external)