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Alternate Media Services

We provide premier support for all alternate media and assistive technology services at Irvine Valley College.

Alternate Media

Alternate media refers to textbooks, instructional materials and other printed information produced in a specialized format intended for use by students with disabilities. This may include but is not limited to the following:

E-Text (Electronic Text)

  • This is a general term for any document that is read in digital form.  Converting course materials to e-text allows students to access these materials using adaptive technology software. 

Large Print

  • This refers to the formatting of textbook or other documents in a larger text to accommodate people who are low vision.



  • Course materials are also available in digital audio format (mp3 or wav).

Video with closed captions

  • All video resources used in class will have closed captions available to provide equal access to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.   

Assistive Technology Software and Equipment

Irvine Valley College has a variety of assistive technology software and equipment available for student use. Training is also available for students that want to utilize them.

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly

  • A text to speech software that provides a reading, writing and study platform aimed at people with learning disabilities that make reading or writing difficulty.  It is mainly used to support those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing disorders and English language learners.  It is available on Windows, Mac, in the Cloud or on the iPad.

Read & Write Gold

  • A text to speech software that helps struggling readers and writers, students with learning disabilities, and English language learners.  It is available on Windows, Mac, in the Cloud or on tablets, both iPad and Android devices.

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader

  • A magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) 

  • A computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a Refreshable Braille display.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

  • A speech recognition software and the user is able to dictate and have speech transcribed as written text.

Livescribe Echo Smartpen

  • A smartpen that lets you record everything you hear and write.  It captures words diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio; syncing everything you hear to what you wrote.



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