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Alternative Instructional Material Request

Students with a print-related disability and approved for this accommodation can acquire literary textbooks and resource materials required for course instruction in an alternative format such as Electronic Text (E-text), Kurzweil (Kes), Large Print, Portable Document Format (PDF), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics. Students with print-related disabilities may also receive a complimentary Kurzweil 3000 Firefly account and software installed on their laptop. Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology text to speech program that assists students with reading materials.

Request Process

  • Students must make an appointment with the Assistant Coordinator inside the AIM Center in AS-116D, to complete intake prior to utilizing these accommodations.
  • During the scheduled appointment, the Assistant Coordinator will review the alternative media procedures and guidelines with the student, as well as schedule an appointment for the Kurzweil 3000 installation.
  • New students requesting textbooks and course materials in an accessible format, must bring a referral slip from the Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program and/or authorized DSS Support Services staff, Peter Perbix or Rachel Mahgerefteh, (located in BH-270), as well as a copy of their current class schedule and receipts for materials purchased.
  • For both new and returning students receiving alternative media, a copy of the studentís current class schedule and textbook receipts are required for all materials being requested in an alternative format.
  • Requests are processed in the order they are received.

Production Process

Textbooks and course materials are converted from hard-copy formats to accessible formats such as: Electronic Text (E-text), Kurzweil (Kes), Large Print, Portable Document Format (PDF), Literary Braille, and Tactile Graphics. The process is as follows:

  • Each textbook request is submitted by the student and logged by the Alternative Media Specialist.
  • A search is conducted through the AIM Center alternative media production library, the production libraries of other CSU and UC college campuses, publishers, and other sources for textbooks already converted to alternative media.
  • If the textbook is not available from the alternative media production library, then the AIM Center utilizes the studentís hard copy of the text to convert it to alternative media files.
  • The textbook is scanned through a high-speed scanner and converted into the desired accessible format. The studentís textbook will be deconstructed and returned in an altered condition (spiral-bound, etc.).
  • New students requesting textbooks and course materials in an accessible format, must bring a referral slip from the Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program or authorized DSS Support Services staff (located in BH-270), as well as a copy of their current class schedule and receipts for materials purchased.
  • Completed files will be uploaded to a studentís Firefly account or student's USB drive.

Alternative Media is the conversion of textbooks and course materials into an accessible format for students with disabilities who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability. The AIM Center works in partnership with the University Library managing eReserves instructional materials.