Alternate Media Program changes the way you approach your studies and provides tools that give students in need an alternative approach to achieving success. The purpose of
Alternate Media is to allow access for students who cannot use standard print materials. Alternate Instructional Materials and textbooks are converted into accessible formats. An
assistive technology service is defined as any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Types of Alternate Media:
- Electronic text (e-text)
- Text to speech
- Speech to text
- Audio files in MP3 format
- Large print
Inspiration - A software program that helps students develop ideas and organize thinking.
Kurzweil 3000- Helps students with reading or learning difficulties increase reading, speech and comprehension.
Firefly (online Kurzweil) - Web-based version so students can access anywhere with an internet connection. Learn how to
install Kurzweil Read the Web (Chrome extension).
ZoomText - Magnifies items on the computer screen for students who have low vision.
Dragon Natural Speaking - Speech recognition software. Talk and your words appear on the screen.
Smartpens - Allow you to take notes while simultaneously recording classroom lectures or discussions.
Sonocent Audio Notetaker - A software that captures full recordings of classes and offers a visual and interactive form of notetaking.
other free and low-cost assistive technology options
Students interested in training or receiving an orientation on the use of any software programs or assistive technology should
schedule an appointment to meet with Alternate Media Specialist or Instructional Support Specialist at the DSPS main office (707) 256-7345 or ATC (707) 256-7453.
- Students must have an open file in DSPS and also be currently enrolled in classes at Napa Valley College to use the ATC.
- Student must sign in before entering the ATC.
- No talking or cell phone use in the center. Students need to be courteous to other students studying in the center.
- The computers and printers in the ATC are for school and course work only. The computers are monitored by DSPS staff.
- DSPS is not responsible for personal items, backpacks, or textbooks left behind or unattended in the ATC.
- The computers in the ATC are set for Deep Freeze nightly. To prevent loss of work, we ask students to save all their work on their own personal storage device/service (USB, Dropbox, cloud, google drive, etc.). Students must not save any work to the hard drive.
- To maintain confidentiality and privacy, we ask students to log off of their NVC and students accounts (Canvas, email, etc.) when they leave the center. DSPS is not responsible for any accounts left open by students.
- No eating or drinking inside the ATC.
Napa Valley College Accessibility
Napa Valley College prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability and takes action to prevent such discrimination by providing reasonable accommodations to eligible individuals with disabilities. For more information see the
Napa Valley College Accessibility Statement.