To celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, Bellevue College’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) will host a Disability Pride Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Accessibility through technology will be the theme, with hands-on exhibits demonstrating adaptive technology employed by the DRC and other organizations to help disabled students here and elsewhere succeed in the classroom. The event is free and open to the public.
BC has invested in a variety of technologies, including voice recognition and text-to-speech software, to help students with disabilities succeed in their classes. And technology is also making BC’s campus much more accessible.
The college just recently installed “hearing loop” technology in the Carlson Theater. This innovative system, profiled by The New York Times and used in venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., enables users of hearing aids and cochlear implants to use elements in their hearing devices as wireless receivers, amplifying the sounds that are important, such as speech or music, and minimizing distracting background noise.
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