Document Accessibility Specialist
The University of California
The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) is recognized for its commitment to ensuring that all students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities at UC Berkeley and helps students to achieve academic success through its programs. The Disabled Students' Program employs nearly 40 staff members and serves approximately 3,200 students. Currently, DSP serves approximately 7% of the UC Berkeley student population.
DSP is under the umbrella of the Equity and Inclusion division, as disability is a part of the diversity fabric. While the primary focus and mission of DSP is to serve documented disabled students, DSP staff also work closely with faculty, as well as administrators and staff to build a more accessible learning environment. The DSP staff outreach benefits not only DSP students, but also other students who could benefit, but may not have self-identified need for accommodations such as wounded warriors, who may not even be aware of their disability rights.
This position involves the provision of alternative media to students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal law that assures students access to their academic coursework. DSP handles more than 10,000 alternative media projects during the academic year, serving more than 100 - 150 students. The employee assists in the production of alternative media. The purpose of this position is to convert standard print material into a format that is accessible for the student (electronic or audio). The employee also creates and maintains bCourse accounts for the dissemination of alternative media to students, and updates the alternative media database systems.
• Breaks down scanned image files into smaller files, and adds appropriate file names.
• Converts course materials into an electronic format using appropriate Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
• Manipulates scanned files using appropriate Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tools.
• Reviews and proofreads course material to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of converted text. Edits documents that contain extensive markup, symbols, images, and tables.
• Imports diagrams, charts and graphics into Photoshop or MS Word and creates or manipulate accurate graphical representations that can be converted into Tactile Graphics.
• Imports scanned files into the appropriate software application based on a student’s individualized disability needs.
• Adds appropriate tags and audio descriptors and alternative tags to Tactile Graphics.
PRE & POST PRODUCTION
• Prepares materials for electronic conversion (i.e., disassemble and organize textbooks in preparation for scanning).
• Analyzes instructional materials and makes appropriate adjustments to the scanning software and hardware settings and resolution.
• Obtains, scans, and returns ‘clean’ articles and textbooks to/from lending sources.
• Prints and embosses hardcopy materials for students with print disabilities.
• Reassembles students’ hardcopy materials into a re-usable format.
• Updates database records. Other duties as assigned.
• Ability to work independently.
• Knowledge of PC and Mac operating systems.
• Knowledge of document scanning and alternative format conversion processes.
• Ability to type at a speed of no less than 70 words per minute.
• Ability to format in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
• Knowledge of Google Drive.
• Knowledge of mathematics.
• Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Detail oriented.
• Knowledge and understanding of multiple alternative media formats.
• Knowledge of OmniPage Professional, AbbyyFineReader, and Adobe Acrobat Professional.
• Knowledge of Kurzweil 3000.
• Knowledge of MathType and Scientific Notebook.
Salary & Benefits
The hourly salary range of the position is $20.81 - $27.09, commensurate with experience.
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.