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.
Disability Support Services 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 Aarika Dobbins, 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 DSS as soon as possible by calling (208) 885-6307 or sending a detailed email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 DSS 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.
All alternate text is protected and copyrighted by the publisher and should only be used by students receiving DSS accommodation. Sharing any alternate text material is grounds for loss of accommodation.