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Alternate Media Services to Students with Learning Disabilities

This presentation will serve as a guide to helping LD Specialists to understand their role in the support of students with learning disabilities in the use of Alternate Media in the California Community Colleges. The Resource Map has been constructed using Inspiration as a tool for providing a highly visible and hierarchical structured map for navigating these resources. The content provides L.D. Specialists a framework for understanding Alternate Media Services within the California Community Colleges and Assistive Technology services and software offered through individual High Tech Centers. This presentation was developed in consultation with community college instructors, Alternate Media Specialist and High Tech Center Training Unit Staff.

Suggestions for Using Resource Map

This Inspiration based map was primarily designed using hyperlinks as a navigation tool. For Windows 98/ME/2000, you will need an unzipping utility (e.g., WinZip) to extract these files.

Quick Start Guide:

  1. Download and Save the Resource Map (zip file) to your computer. Unzip the file and navigate to the folder "Resource Map".
  2. Open the file “A.LD Model Interface” (inside Resource Map) to begin the overview.
  3. Use of this presentation does not require extensive training and experience in Inspiration, but it is recommended that the user be familiar with the program.
  4. Use of Inspiration can be taught by exploring the Inspiration tutorials provided with the Strategy Guide program also included on the HTCTU web site.

Minimum System Requirements:

Feedback Forum:

This is the first version of this LD Alternate Media Web to be presented to the California Community Colleges. As the designer it’s my goal to develop a product that will address the needs of both instructors and students. Your input and feedback on the usefulness of this Web is profoundly important in that process.

Discussion of the content is highly encouraged and is available through the Learning Disabilities Listserv. Subscribe to the LD Listserv by sending e-mail to: subscribe-ld@htclistserv.htctu.fhda.edu .

If you have specific questions, please directly.


California Community Colleges should make every effort to use software resources that are fully accessible to students with disabilities. Although this guide was developed specifically for L.D. instructors, the highly graphical interface of Inspiration Software, designed for use by students with learning disabilities, is not accessible to instructors or students who are blind or have low vision.


Many people have assisted in the development of this project. While it is impossible to name them all, grateful acknowledgement is given to the following:

Peggy Tate, Carl Brown, Sondra Neiman, Scott Hamilton, Brian Brautigam, Rose Desmond, Marcia Krull, Bob Martinengo, Gaeir Dietrich, Ellen Cutler, Sean Keegan, Myra Lerch

Special Acknowledgements:

I’d also like to acknowledge special thanks to my partner Dianna, my son Koby, my father Bob, and my special friends: Wandralee, Helene, Simon, Alice, and Debby for their love, support and patience.

Project Developer:

This project was developed by Stacey Kayden through a grant from the California Community College Chancellors Office. Stacey Kayden is a High Tech Learning Specialist at Laney College and trainer on assistive technology for the High Tech Center Training Unit.