The voice of De Anza since 1967.

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The voice of De Anza since 1967.

La Voz News

The voice of De Anza since 1967.

La Voz News

    A day in the life: Kathy Munson in the library

    Kathy Munson is a senior library technician. She is responsible for giving references to library attendants, performing inter-library exchange and loans, maintaining copy machines and sometimes hiring students for hourly assistant positions.

    Munson greets me at the library of De Anza College sitting in her wheelchair due to her cerebral palsy. She speaks slowly and quietly. However, her smiling face expresses kindness and readiness to help everyone who would ask her assistance.

    She moves around in her wheelchair with grace and precision. “I don’t need much accommodation,” Munson said.

    “Actually, we have elevators that are able to accommodate those who are in wheelchairs. I really love my job here. People I’m working with are very helpful. Everyone understands my situation,” Munson said.

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    Munson goes to the reading hall on the first floor and points out two computers outfitted with features to help individuals with impaired vision.

    She then leads me to the Learning Center West computer lab in the basement of the library. There are more computers for those with limited abilities.

    De Anza College established its first program for students with disabilities in 1973. De Anza is among the earliest colleges in California to do so.

    Jim Haynes, the executive head of the Special Education Programs, came to office in February after his predecessor retired on February 1. Haynes has been working at De Anza for 34 years as an instructor for adapted physical education for students with disabilities.

    “Almost 2000 students a year are with disabilities of all kinds, from limited mobility to learning difficulties to impaired learning difficulties or impaired vision or hearing,” said Haynes.

    He added that the college offers different programs to assist disabled students on an individual basis. For example, De Anza works with the Hope program.

    “The program offers vocational workshops, assistance with job searching and other services,” said Haynes.

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