Alternate Media Center

The Alternate Media Center, housed within the Learning Center and located in Building 9, Room 215 is part of the Disability Resource Center at Cañada College. The Alternate Media Center produces instructional materials (textbooks, course materials, schedules) in alternate formats for students with disabilities.


  • A computer lab with PCs equipped with specialized harware and software.
  • Kurzweil 3000 (scanning/reading software)
    The Kurzweil 3000 is available for the visually impaired and students with reading impairments.
  • Scanner for student access
    The scanner that works with the Kurzweil 3000 allows students to copy and digitize both text and graphics.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice recognition system)
    Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speaker dependent, continuous speech recognition system.
  • ZoomText Xtra 9 (screen magnification for DOS and Windows)
    ZoomText magnifies and enlarges any format on the computer screen.
  • JAWS (screen reader for Windows)
    JAWS reads and translates words in audio format, available in either a male or female voice, and in a variety of languages.

Alternate Media Services - Obtain, create, and develop alternate media for students (E-text, Braille, Large Print, and Audio Recording).

Resources for accessible web design - specific design elements that allow web pages to be read by screen readers.

In order to use the AMC, individuals with disabilities must have basic computer skills and meet DSP&S eligibility requirements. All users must first receive training on the use of this equipment by the Alternate Media Specialist. For more information, call the Alternate Media Center at 650.306.3170.