Office of Accessibility

Alternative Media Formats


Required course materials (books, course packets, readings) are prepared in one of the following ways:

  • Scanned into Kurzweil format
  • Scanned text files for use with screen reader or magnifier
  • As Braille

Student Responsibility:

  • Request this accommodation four weeks prior to the start of the semester.

  • Check the status of available textbooks through the STARS website, Alternative Format tab.
  • Purchase all of your textbooks in order to show proof of purchase at the time alternative formats are picked up.

  • Provide textbooks for the process of conversion if the books are not available through the Office of Accessibility resources. During this process, the binding will be cut off, and the books scanned and converted. A spiral or tape binding will replace the original binding before it is returned to the student. Students can sell books back to the University Barnes and Noble Bookstore with spiral or tape binding.

  • In the case of handout materials, the student is responsible for contacting the Office of Accessibility to arrange the scanning of handout materials. We recommend a three-day notice on handout requests.

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