We provide assistance for the creation of textbooks, instructional materials, and other printed information converted to alternate formats such as Braille, large print, or electronic text.
How can I receive alternate media services?
Students must be authorized to receive textbooks in an alternate format (i.e. e-text, Braille, large print) by their DSPS Counselor or the Learning Disabilities Specialist. If this accommodation has been authorized for you, the following process must be utilized for receiving the alternate media:
As soon as possible after registering for an upcoming semester, you will need to complete an Alternate Media Request form for each textbook. Book information can be obtained from the booklist if available for that semester. Otherwise, you can meet with the Bookstore Manager or instructor to get the book title, author, ISBN#, etc. on each form. (When available, booklists will be located in Student Services Building, 1st floor for students to use.) You should also bring any class materials (ie: syllabus, handouts) you have available when turning in the Alternate Media Request forms. In addition to the Alternate Media Request forms, you will also be required to sign and agree to the Alternate Media Policies and Procedures.
Alternate Media will be requested from the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC).
- If book is available through ATPC, it should take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to receive.
- Books received from the ATPC may not be immediately available as additional formatting is often needed.
- If book is unavailable through ATPC, other resources will be explored (AMX Database, Book Share, etc.).
- If book is not currently available in electronic format through any of these
resources, you have the following options:
- Give your book to the Alternate Media staff so it can be converted through a high speed scanning process. If you choose this option, your book will have the binding removed, leaving the pages unattached. Note: Upon request, you can have all unattached pages 3-hole punched for easy placement into a binder or plastic comb binding. OR,
- Use one of the flatbed scanners located in the High Tech Center (HTC) to scan your book independently. This may require some instruction in the use of specific hardware and software applications.
Once alternate media is received, formatted, and labeled, it will be available for student to pick up from the Alternate Media staff. You must provide proof that you have purchased the book before the alternate media can be released to you. If you plan to purchase a used book, please contact the Alternate Media staff (395-4686) for instructions on obtaining a receipt.