Shasta College Hosts Assistive Technology Workshops


On Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges will present a number of workshops on Assistive Technology (AT) that support learning and instruction in reading, writing and math on the Shasta College campus. These workshops are free and open to the public. Anyone involved in education for K-Adult would benefit from these trainings.

Rotating workshops will include such diverse topics as: Learning Profiles and Universal Design for Learning, Note taking, Reading, Writing and Graphic Organizers, Math, Section 508 Standards and Compliance and Accessible Documents with MS Word (Hands-on).

For more information and a schedule of workshops go to

The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state of the art training and support facility for community college faculty and staff wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills, methodologies, and pedagogy in Assistive Computer Technology, Alternate Media and Web Accessibility. The HTCTU supports High Tech Center programs at one-hundred and fourteen community colleges and satellite centers. More than ten thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in High Tech Center programs state-wide. Learn more at


Gaeir Dietrich is the director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges, and the system wide trainer for Section 508 compliance. Gaeir has served on the advisory boards for AHEAD, Bookshare, DIAGRAM Center, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the Federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Post-secondary Education. She is a contributing author to Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act, published by NASPA.

Joseph Polizzotto is an access technology specialist instructor at the High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges, where he trains college faculty and staff on alternate media and assistive technology. Joseph has over 12 years of teaching experience in higher education and currently serves as co-chair for the access technology interest group of the California Post-Secondary Education and Disability (CAPED) organization. His recent research interests include accessible EPUB 3 and mobile reading systems. Joseph graduated with a B.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz in 2000 and received an M.A. in TESOL from San José State University in 2004.

This event is sponsored by the Shasta College Office of Access and Equity.

Event Parking is free.

Event Contact Lisa Riggs 530.941.5399

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