Assistive Technology and Alternate Format Materials (E-text)
You must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine your eligibility for this accommodation. Refer to the registration page for further information.
Assistive technology is any item, computer software, hardware or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology may be provided as reasonable accommodations for students whose disabilities affect their ability to access information and products. Assistive technology available through Disability Services includes:
- Alternate format materials (refer to next section for further details)
- Reading and Writing software
- Screen Magnification software
- Voice Recognition software
- Video Magnifiers
- Braille Translation software
- Screen Reading software
- And more!
Disability Services has an Assistive Technology Specialist who works with students, faculty, and staff to provide Assistive Technology Services, which include:
- Assessment, demonstrations, and/or introductory training for specific technologies
- Referrals for assistive technology instruction or comprehensive training
- Trouble-shooting and technology assistance
Alternate Format Materials (E-Text)
Alternate format is a form of assistive technology. Alternate format refers to the conversion of textbooks or other reading materials (such as class notes, articles, or magazines) into a format other than standard print.
Alternate format materials may be provided as a reasonable accommodation for students with print-related disabilities, including visual and reading disabilities, or physical disabilities that make it difficult to carry or hold standard reading material.
Alternate formats available through Disability Services include:
- Large print
- E-Text (electronic text – structured PDF or Word format)
- Audio file
The Assistive Technology Specialist also coordinates the provision and creation of alternate format materials for students.
Students who are approved for textbooks in alternate format are responsible for requesting this accommodation prior to the start of each semester. Disability Services recommends that students inform the office of their needs at least 5 weeks in advance of the new semester, as alternate format materials must be requested from publishers.