Alternative Media

Requesting Electronic Books

Books and other required reading materials are provided in alternative formats to students who have documented visual or learning disabilities that affect the reading of printed materials. Students must follow the following procedure:

  • The student will register for classes during the advance registration period and work with Disabilities Services to obtain a reading schedule as soon as possible.
  • The student submits an Electronic Books Request Form to Disabilities Services at least three weeks before the term begins. All requests must include the title of the text, author, publication date and ISBN number.  This information can be found in the textbook look-up at the University’s Bookstore website.
  • Book requests will be fulfilled within two weeks of submission.
  • Students will be notified when texts are ready. Proof of purchase is required for each text requested before the electronic versions will be released. Receipts can be turned in at Disabilities Services or emailed to the Alternative Media Coordinator.
  • Students who use electronic books will likely need a “text-to-speech” software program in order to listen to their textbooks. Disabilities Services has handouts with more information about these programs. Students may need to meet with the Alternative Media Coordinator to become familiar with how to use the software
  • The student will inform Disabilities Services of any changes in course materials. Issues might arise if assignment changes or additions are made with short notice.
  • The student will work with the instructor to ensure that in-class materials and instructor handouts are forwarded to Disabilities Services to be scanned or brailled as soon as they are available.
  • If there is a problem with this process, the student should notify the Alternative Media Coordinator immediately.
  • Students will return or destroy all electronic files at the end of the quarter.

Text-to-Speech Software

To listen to electronic texts, some students may choose to utilize text-to-speech software. These applications are used to convert text files of various formats into spoken sound. Availability of software varies for computers and operating systems used by the student and the types of output may vary given the text-to-speech application being used.

For suggestions on which text-to-speech software to use, please see the Text-to-Speech Software Guide.