What is Assistive Technology?
The Assistive Technology team provides services to ensure all students have equal
access to education.
Assistive Technology is any piece of either hardware or software used to increase,
maintain or improve the functional capabilities of an individual with a disability.
Our team provides access to and training in technology-based solutions for students.
These services inspire students to apply a variety of strategies to enhance their
We work collaboratively within Disability Support Services and with instructors to
promote Universal Design for Learning. Our team operates in the spirit of Section 508, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessiblity Guidelines 2.0.
Services offered include:
- Braile, tactile and image enhancers
- Text-to-speech (screen readers)
- Speech-to-text (voice recognition)
- Electronic materials
- Electronic interpreting services
- Set-up and training
- Equipment loans
Assistive Technology Student Knowledge Base
The Assistive Technology Student Knowledge Base in Canvas is your one-stop hub for information on assistive technology at Columbia
Basin College! Access the Assistive Technology Student Knowledge Base for step-by-step written tutorials and videos on technology solutions. We are continuing
to grow our collection of documents and video content to include the technology solutions
that matter most, so check back often to see what's new!
Have a question or suggestion for the Assistive Technology Student Knowledge Base? Connect with us via email at atcFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN!
Alternative Format Text
Assistive Technology provides approved students with textbooks in the alternative
format for which they have been approved. Alternative formats include:
- Digital textbooks with text-to-speech (i.e., read-aloud)
- Enlarged text & images
Verify the format for which you have been approved on your accommodation letter. For
questions, please contact Assistive%20Technology.
- Identify the textbooks you plan to request in alternative formats by checking textbook
information on the CBC Bookstore website. Contact your instructor if information is
unavailable on the Bookstore website or if you need clarification.
- Check to see whether e-textbooks with text-to-speech (read-aloud) are available. Purchasing
or renting e-textbooks with a text-to-speech feature instead of purchasing a hardcopy
textbook can save you time because you can access them right away online and do not
need to submit proof of purchase or your hardcopy textbook to Assistive Technology.
- Once the quarter begins, check your Columbia Basin College student email. Confirm
you have received an email from Assistive%20Technology%20%28atcFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN%29 notifying you that your assistive technology accommodations are ready. The email subject
reads: Assistive Technology Accommodations [QUARTER, YEAR].
- Submit proof of purchase for all textbooks you wish to receive in digital format from
Assistive Technology. Books will be provided within 10 business days of proof of purchase
or submission of hardcopy textbooks for processing, where applicable. Please send
proof of purchase as soon as possible to ensure timely processing. You do not need
to submit proof of purchase for books you have already purchased in e-textbook format
with text-to-speech support; you only need to submit proof of purchase for textbooks
you need to receive from Assistive Technology. Acceptable proof of purchase is:
- a digital photo of the purchase receipt or copy of the email with invoice information,
- a digital photo of the hardcopy textbook in your possession.
You can access your books in one of two ways:
- ReadSpeaker TextAid: Assistive Technology uploads your books to the ReadSpeaker TextAid platform. Log
into your CBC Canvas account and click the TextAid icon on the Canvas global navigation
menu (left side of the screen, right above the Help icon). The digital version(s)
of the book(s) are located under the Library tab of TextAid (left-hand menu, near
the top). From the Library tab, click on Shared with Me to access your books.
ReadSpeaker TextAid: Text-to-Speech for Digital Books [Video]
Quick Guide to Accessing Your Digital Books in ReadSpeaker TextAid
- Kurzweil 3000 Online: Assistive Technology uploads your books to the Kurzweil 3000 Online platform. You
can log in to Kurzweil 3000 Online for instant access to the books, no download required.
Please Note: This option is available to students who had access to Kurzweil 3000 prior to fall 2021. Kurzweil 3000 Online access ends 12/10/2021 at 12 pm.
If no pre-existing version of a textbook is available via the publisher or our online
repository, Assistive Technology will inform you upon your submission of proof of
purchase that debinding (removing the book's spine and covers) and processing of the book is required. Instructions
on how to submit the hardcopy of your textbook for debinding will be included. In this case, the alternative format book will be provided within
10 business days of submission of the hardcopy of the textbook. Be sure to submit
your textbook as soon as possible to ensure timely processing.
- Reply promptly to email from Assistive Technology regarding alternative format textbooks.
- Consider e-textbooks with text-to-speech (i.e., read-aloud) feature when planning
your textbook purchases for the quarter to save time and gain immediate access to
- Submit proof of purchase promptly to ensure timely processing.
- When book debinding is required, reply promptly to email and communications from Assistive Technology
to ensure timely processing.
Assistive Technology Available for Loan & Training
- LiveScribe pens
- Digital recorders
- Ergonomic keyboards
- Ergonomic mice
- Magnifying glasses
- FM systems (hearing device)
- CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
- VRI (Video Remote Interpreting)
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking (speech recognition software)
- Otter.ai (speech-to-text transcription software)
- Glean (notetaking software)
- JAWS (screen reader)
- NVDA (screen reader)
To be eligible for assistive technology device check-out from Disability Support Services,
you must establish and maintain the following requirements:
- Be enrolled as a current CBC student for the duration of the loan period.
- Have a completed Quarterly Activation of Accommodations with DSS that includes the
- Have a current CBC Technology Loan Agreement (Disability Support Services) on file
for each quarter of the loan period.
If one or more of these items is missing for the current quarter, we will let you
know the date by which all outstanding items must be submitted. If one or more of
the items listed here remain missing, the equipment previously checked-out will become
due within seven (7) days.
- Check your Columbia Basin College student email. Confirm you have received an email
from Assistive%20Technology%20%28atcFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN%29 notifying you that your assistive technology accommodations are ready. The email subject
reads: Assistive Technology Accommodations [QUARTER, YEAR].
- Find the link to the CBC Technology Loan Agreement (Disability Support Services) within
the email. Click the link.
- Complete the CBC Technology Loan Agreement (Disability Support Services). You must
be logged in to your CBC student email address to complete the form.
- You will receive an email from the College explaining how to pick up your device,
along with its due date.
- Check your CBC student email daily.
- Reply promptly to email from Assistive Technology regarding assistive technology devices
or software and submit required information or forms to ensure timely set-up and training.
Failure to complete requested actions may result in delays.
- Complete a new Quarterly Activation of Accommodations form and a new CBC Technology
Loan Agreement for each quarter for device check-out.
ReadSpeaker is an online text-to-speech platform fully integrated in Canvas. Log into
your Canvas account and click the ReadSpeaker webReader activation tab or the TextAid icon
on the Canvas Global Navigation to get started. For step-by-step videos and tutorials
on using ReadSpeaker, visit our ReadSpeaker Canvas Course.
Captions display the audio content of media in text format and are synchronized with
the audio track of the media so that the text is displayed in time with the audio
content. Assistive Technology provides captioning services as an accommodation to
ensure course content is accessible to students.
Please be aware that it can several days to caption media. Because the captioning
process takes time and to ensure your content can be captioned so you can access content
on time, please be sure to get your Accommodation Activation Form submitted as soon
Classroom Set-Up of Assistive Technology
Equipment that may be set up in a classroom:
The SmartView 360 uses an integrated camera on a monitor that magnifies images to
help you clearly see the world around you. It’s easy to position the camera to see
across a room, enlarge any text or act as a magnifying mirror.
VRI is an on-demand service that provides communication between deaf or hard-of-hearing
persons utilizing a remote interpreter by way of a computer with a webcam and Internet
connection or a tablet using a cellular connection. CBC uses an iPad or laptop and
wireless connection for this service.
CART is another tool for assisting people who are deaf. CART is real-time captioning.
It is the instantaneous translation of the spoken language into text and displayed
on a laptop using a microphone, where the English text is produced with less than
a two-second delay.
If you know you will not be in class, it is your responsibility to let Assistive Technology
know as soon as possible so our staff knows not to set up the equipment for the day(s)
you are absent. Please call us at 509-542-5529 or email us at atcFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.