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Alternate Text

Alternate text provides students with vision or reading disabilities alternatives to standard printed text. Accommodations are provided to students with a documented print disability. Many books can now be found in an accessible format online and students with print disabilities are encouraged to research their options.

Online Resources

CDAR has memberships to a number of accessible media providers. Organizations such as AccessText, Bookshare, BiblioVault, and Learning Ally help provide Alternate Text to students. Below are a few resources that students can utilize as well.

To Request Textbook Conversion

Processing requests can be time-consuming. Students are advised to seek accommodations as far in advance as possible as textbook conversions can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete.

  • Make an appointment with the Assistive Technology Specialist, by calling 208-885-6307
  • Provide textbook information and proof of purchase
    • Due to copyright law, proof of purchase must be obtained before textbook conversion can begin.
  • Converted files will be provided via Dropbox link.
  • Bring questions, concerns or changes to the attention of CDAR staff as soon as possible by calling 208-885-6307 or sending a detailed email to

CDAR Responsibilities

All alternate text accommodations will be provided as quickly as possible.

  • Textbooks bindings are removed to effectively scan material. Scans are saved as a PDF file.
    • Textbooks are rebound and returned to the student in a format that can be re-sold to the VandalStore.
    • Conversion begins once CDAR receives a copy of the textbook or the student's proof of purchase.
    • All conversion files are provided through Dropbox.
  • Enlargements can be created with at least 24-hours notice.
  • Braille materials must be requested at least 2 weeks in advance or as soon as possible, depending on the size of the document.
  • Students can request orientation or training to access alternate text using assistive technology by calling 208-885-6307 to set up an appointment with the Assistive Technology Specialist.

Copyrighted Documents

All alternate text is protected and copyrighted by the publisher and should only be used by students receiving CDAR accommodation. Sharing any alternate text material is grounds for loss of accommodation.

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Contact Center for Disability Access and Resources at 208-885-6307 or email

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Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS-4257
Moscow, ID 83844-4257

Phone: 208-885-6307

Fax: 208-885-9404


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Phone: 208-885-9107


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