The Office of Disability Support Services provides assistance to qualified students in obtaining course materials such as textbooks, electronic documents, exams, and other print materials into alternative formats. These include but are not limited to: electronic format (e-text), audio, Braille, and large print. These formats are often used with literacy software, text-to-speech readers, or screen readers. Alternative formats are available ONLY if it is one of your accommodations. Eligible students should submit their requests through S.A.M. Directions can be found under the “Obtaining Print Materials in Alternate Format” page or “Utilizing Accommodations” page on the DSS website.
Students can also check the following resources to obtain alternative text formats on their own without having to go through DSS:
- Bookshare.org – An accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Free membership for qualified students. To sign up for Bookshare and obtain your electronic book, go to the Bookshare sign up page. When meeting with the Assistive Technology Coordinator, Bookshare membership can be discussed and how we can initiate your membership from our office.
- Project Gutenberg: “offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. We carry high quality ebooks: All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.”
- VitalSource: An e-textbook platform that uses VitalSource Bookshelf the textbook e-reader that helps you read, study and learn brilliantly. Bookshelf apps are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. These applications are also industry leaders in accessibility for disabled students. Information about accessibility and VitalSource can be found at the VitalSource Accessibility Support page.
- National Library Service: “Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.”