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The High Tech Center Training Unit currently provides the following resources to support California Community College High Tech Center Specialists, Alternate Media Specialists, and faculty and staff around the state. Please feel free to contact us at 408-996-4636 if you have any questions or concerns.

AMX Database
The AMX Database (Alternate Media eXchange) allows educational institutions to list books, captioned videos, and tactile graphics that have been created in e-text formats for students with print disabilities. Questions about the AMX Database should be directed to the AMX Database administrator.

HTCTU Listservs
The HTCTU listservs provide a forum for California Community College faculty, staff, and administration to communicate and discuss issues around Disabled Students Programs and Services. Additional listservs are also available that include assistive computer technology, alternate media, and web accessibility. Visit the HTCTU Listservs page for additional information about these topics.

Phoneticom DAISY Generator
DAISY is an international standard for digital talking books (DTBs) that includes structure and navigation (by page, by heading, by phrase, etc.). The DAISY format is used by Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) and Bookshare for delivery of their books. The HTCTU has licensed the Phoneticom DAISY Generator to allow the CCC system to produce DAISY books for themselves. Beginning with digital files (TIFF, PDF, or Word), there is a simple workflow to transform e-text into a fully formatted DAISY book. The server-based Generator produces full-text full-audio DAISY books using high-quality NeoSpeech voices. As part of the DAISY process, HTML and MP3 versions of the book are also created—and no processing time is required on the alternate media specialist’s own computer. Anyone wishing to utilize the Generator must take the two-day DAISY training at the HTCTU. Please see the list of Trainings Available for the next DAISY training.