Students who qualify for this service may request that print materials be converted to a format such as e-text, Braille, or audio.
The University may obtain texts from Learning Ally, formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic, Bookshare.org, or publishers. If the text is unavailable through these sources then the alternative format may be produced in-house.
If a book must be produced in-house, the student is responsible for providing DSS with a copy of the book. Proof of purchase (a receipt) is required to provide alternate formats produced in-house or obtained from a publisher.
All requests will be processed as quickly as possible regardless of when they are received. However, DSS does request a 3 week notice in order to provide alternative formats in a timely manner.
Students should take advantage of priority registration and then notify DSS with textbook needs.
Students should check with the university bookstore before submitting this information to see if any of the textbooks are available in “e-text” via CafeScribe. If so, the e-text can be purchased directly from the bookstore and downloaded to the student's computer.
Students will receive an email from DSS confirming your request. It will indicate what type of format has been requested and if the student will be required to purchase hard copies of textbooks and provide the receipts.
Students will be notified via email when the materials are available. Students must come by DSS and sign the Agreement on Use of Recorded, Electronic, or Other Alternatively Formatted course Materials before receiving the materials.
The materials will then be available on Blackboard to download.