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Alternative Media

Disability Resource Services (DRS) provides media conversion of required course materials/textbooks to qualified students with disabilities. Converted materials provide equal access to the educational experience.

Procedures

  • Students must qualify as having a disability that is covered by the ADA and/or Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act with text conversion specified as an appropriate academic accommodation.
  • The student meets with a Disability Resource Specialist to determine accommodation eligibility and the student is given an Accommodation Plan which outlines what accommodations they qualify to receive.
  • The student must complete and submit a Text Conversion Service Agreement online form identifying which alternate format(s) the student prefers and which text(s) will be converted.
  • Students requesting alternative format materials must complete a Text Conversion Request for each class which they need textbooks/materials converted for. Electronic copies of receipts may upload to this form also.

In order to assure the availability of textbooks and other materials in alternate format, all relevant textbook information must be provided to DRS as soon as it is available. Students are responsible for obtaining this information as soon as possible after they register for classes. It can take up to 3 weeks to complete a request.

The following alternative media formats are currently offered and supported by DRS:

  • Electronic Text
  • Digital audio CD in an MP3 format
  • Braille
  • Large Print

Specific file formats provided by DRS:

  • Kurzweil WEB
  • Text file (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • MS Word file (.doc)
  • PDF
  • MP3 audio

Other links with important information for students: