High Tech Center

The High Tech Center offers training in the use of adapted computer hardware and software as well as instruction in word processing, use of the internet, keyboarding, and preparation for online learning. 

The DSPS High Tech Center is now offering a limited number of in-person technology support appointments each week with the Technology Specialist.  Students may also reserve 1 hour time slots to work independently within in the High Tech Center.  You must call the DSPS office at 619-388-3712 to schedule.
The following guidelines are in place:

  • You must be enrolled in and have a current accommodation letter for at least one Miramar course.
  • Must have a green Cleared4 pass (vaccination status)
  • A mask is required to be worn at all times during your technology support appointment
  • No guests are allowed for in person appointments at this time.  If you wish for someone to attend the appointment with you, please schedule a virtual appointment.
  • Students must bring and use their own headphones.

We have a variety of Assistive Technology (AT)—software and hardware tools that provide access to computers for persons with disabilities including:

Visual Disabilities

Screen reading: Natural Reader
Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words.
Scan/read system: Kurzweil 1000
The Kurzweil 1000 scans and reads text aloud
Designed for blind users and individuals with low vision, it scans printed material and displays the image onscreen
Screen magnification: ZoomText
ZoomText Xtra Level 2 is a screen magnification program that enlarges text and graphics on the screen for individuals with low vision
Clarity is a video magnifier that can magnify objects at close range or from a distance. Specifically, students with low vision can read, write, or view three-dimensional objects on their desktop.

Physical Disabilities

Ergonomic Keyboard
An ergonomic keyboard is shaped to fit a more natural hand position.
Designed to reduce strain on hands, wrists, and shoulders.
Trackball: Kensington ExpertMouse
A trackball, similar to a mouse, is used to control the mouse pointer and select options in the Windows environment.
Speech recognition: Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a large-vocabulary speech recognition program.

Learning/Cognitive Disabilities

Scan/read system: Kurzweil 3000
The Kurzweil 3000 scans printed material and reads it aloud
Designed for postsecondary students with reading difficulties
Visual idea organizer: Inspiration
Inspiration provides “visual thinking tools” to help students develop ideas and organize thinking
Auditory feedback: TextHelp: Read & Write
TextHelp works with any Windows-based application (Example: Microsoft Word)
Designed for individuals with reading or writing difficulty

Notetaking Tools Available

Digital Recorders
Echo Livescribe Smartpen