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Alternate Media

Alternate Media Center

DSPS assists instructors and students with disabilities by providing access to alternate media formats to meet a variety of instructional needs. 

These can include:

  • Electronic-Text (E-Text)
  • Large print
  • Braille
  • Accessible Online and Distance Education
  • Closed Captioned videos
  • Tactile graphics

To make a request for a specific material in alternate format complete the on-line Alt Media Request Form for each book or material needed each semester.  This form is to be completed ONLY if this accommodation has been pre-approved by a DSPS counselor. If you are not part of the DSPS program do not fill out the above form. Students and instructors are encouraged to plan ahead as much as possible, as conversion to an alternate format can take up to four weeks, when the District is open and in session.

MSJC makes available, upon request, in alternate media, any publication it offers to the general public such as the college catalog, announcements about cultural or recreational events sponsored by the college, job announcements, etc.. Requests for these materials in an alternate format should be made to Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS).

Closed Captioning Center

The MSJC Closed Captioning Center is responsible for reviewing and cataloging all video materials and to see that these items meet the captioning requirements. As the technology and requirements had not been in place prior to 2000-2001, we are working to get the videos currently used for instruction and not captioned corrected first. Then all legacy items that are needed for historical or future use will be dealt with.

There is a strict procedure that must be followed to legally add captions to video products to avoid copyright infringements. If a video is not captioned:

  • First, we must see if there is a newer version with captions.
  • Second, if not available, then we request a signed authorization from the publisher to modify the product with captions.
  • Third, upon receipt of the approval, the process of copying the script to a text file and that file being applied to the video begins. Using current technology, it could take from ten to twenty hours to complete a two hour video.