Alternate Media Definitions


What is Alternate Media?

Alternate Media is an accessible way of presenting printed materials.

Examples of Alternate Media are:

Large print
Electronic text (e-text)
Audio files such as MP3
Tactile graphics

Who can use Alternate Media?

Students or staff with a documented print disability are eligible to obtain Alternate Media materials.

What is a print disability?

Visual impairment: blindness or low vision.
Processing impairment: any disability that interferes with individual's access to printed material.


Alternate media services (including Braille, tactile graphics, print enlarging, electronic text [e-text], and books in audio format) may be provided to students who have a verified disability and whose disability-related limitations prevent them from accessing print in its standard, or published, format.

State law AB422 requires that publishers provide books on disk (e-text) for students with visual or reading disabilities. Electronic text is a version of textbooks and course materials available as a computer text file. There are specific legal requirements to access this service.  Visit our forms page for more information on the alternate media process.


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